Keeping up with a baby is hard work – however, play time shouldn’t have to be! Between meal time, nap time, and bath time, it can feel like all you really want to do is curl up and go to sleep yourself. However, it is important to remember to have fun and play with your baby. Play time is important in building a bond between mommy and baby, and for your child’s social, emotional, and cognitive growth and development. It helps your baby learn about the world and them and about how to interact with other people. In addition, play time is fun for babies, and a happy baby is an easy baby! Luckily for tired moms, there a plenty of fun and easy ways to entertain your baby. Keep reading for some suggestions!
Take a Field Trip
If it’s a nice day, bring your baby outdoors! For a baby, nothing is more fun than rolling around in the soft gross and digging their hands into a sandbox. Being outside exposures your little one to a variety of tactile experiences that they are unlikely to encounter if they stay inside all the time. Make sure to bring your child’s cotton cable hat and bootie set in case it gets chilly!
Schedule a Play Date
An easy way to entertain your little one is to add another baby to the mix! To get the party started, simply set up a baby nap mat so that they’ll have something soft to play on, and let them do their thing. chances are that the two will be able to entertain themselves, and let you catch a breather. A play date will also give you a chance to chat and catch up with the other mom, which can be incredibly refreshing and relaxing.
Provide Interesting Toys
Giving your baby an interesting toy or two is a great way for baby to exercise both their creativity and motor skills. Safe toys for babies include soft, plushy animals, such as an Apple Park Blankie (which also doubles as a cuddly baby blanket!). A set of large plastic keys are another popular baby toy idea, especially for babies who are just starting to teeth. Finding toys that your baby enjoys can provide them with hours of entertainment, making your job a lot easier! If you have yet to find a toy that your baby really seems to like yet, keep looking- chances are that that special toy is out there.
Read a Book
Reading to your child is a great way to build the parent-child bond and to stimulate their cognitive development. Pick an easy-to-understand book with a lot of colorful illustration, so that your little one can follow along with you. To relax them and put them in the book time mood, wrap your baby up in a soft cotton baby blanket, and make sure that they’re nice and comfy!