So winter isn’t the best time for strolls through the neighborhood or picnics in the park. And with a baby at home, you’re probably not cuddling up to the fire with hot cocoa or lounging with a good magazine. Before cabin fever sets in and you find yourself walking in circles talking to yourself, here are some fun ideas for quality Mommy and Baby Time!
- Little Drummer Boy . . . or Girl: Children love music and there’s no better indoor activity than to make some of your own. If you don’t have any toy instruments at home, just improvise! Wooden spoons, spatulas, and whisks are great noise-makers. Grab some plastic bowls, lids, pots or pans for a glorious sound. Conduct your orchestra with a turkey baster or two, and watch as your baby mimics you.
- On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! When you’re holed up inside is a great time for a baby obstacle course! Using pillows, blankets, boxes and toys – even a laundry basket or two — make a path full of tunnels, towers and fun. You and your baby can walk, crawl, roll or scoot through to the end. The thrill is in the chase, not the finish, so happy trails!
- Let Me Entertain You: So often, we play with our babies by making them perform for us – play peekaboo, say this, mimic that. Why not let Baby sit back and be entertained? A rousing song of “Going on a Bear Hunt” or Bunny Foo-Foo, a sock puppet show or even a play featuring some of your child’s favorite stuffed animals will thrill and delight your baby. My daughter used to shriek with delight when my husband would juggle for her. Just like us, our babies love a good show.
- Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles: It may be cheap and easy, but no household should be without bubbles during the cold winter months! Children of all ages delight in watching, popping and trying to catch bubbles. You can even find some easy soap bubble recipes online. At the end of the day, you and your child may be a little stickier but you’ll be a lot happier.
- Curl Up with a Good Book: Whether it’s first thing in the morning or just before bedtime, children love books. So grab a stack and read with your baby. Be sure to ask questions, make comments, and engage your child in the story. Your baby will want to touch and feel the books, especially the pictures, so tactile books where babies can touch and feel are wonderful. Teach your baby to love reading and you’re giving them a precious gift.
- Get Out and About: Winter weather doesn’t always make it easy to leave the house, especially with a baby, but it’s good to have some scheduled outings. Whether you attend the weekend story time at your local library, join a music class or a baby gym, you’ll welcome the chance for Mom and Baby socializing.
And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Look around, get creative and you’ll find you have a full activities “To Do” list before spring!
~Story contributed by Pibu’s guest Mommy Blogger