Sensory play ideas for babies

NextBeing a first time parent can be quite overwhelming in many respects. We know that a baby needs the basics to survive, such as food and sleep. But there is also the play component which can be very beneficial in the first year of a baby’s life. Here are some play ideas that you can […] The post Sensory play ideas for babies appeared first on Newborn Baby.

Sensory play ideas for babies

Being a first time parent can be quite overwhelming in many respects. We know that a baby needs the basics to survive, such as food and sleep. But there is also the play component which can be very beneficial in the first year of a baby’s life. Here are some play ideas that you can do in the comfort of your home with things that you can find around the house.  

Sensory play ideas for babies

1. Teach them object permanence 

Babies absolutely LOVE peek-a-boo games. You can do this by draping a muslin cloth over the baby’s face and pulling it off and saying “peek a boo”. If you don’t have a cloth, simply cover your face with your hands. As your baby responds with laughter and giggles, he/she is also learning object permanence – things still exist even when you can’t see them!

Another way to learn object permanence is by hiding a toy under a cloth and pulling the cloth away for the baby to see that the toy is still there. Babies will love to see this over and over again!

2. Strengthen their eye muscles

Babies are born with vision, however as your baby grows and develops outside the womb, we can help to strengthen those eye muscles.

Attach a little attractive toy to a piece of string. Lay your baby down on their back and hold the toy approximately 30cm above the baby’s eye level. Once he/she has focused on the toy, start to swing it slowly side to side. As your baby continues to focus and watch the toy move, he/she will strengthen their eye muscles and the eyes will learn to work well together. You can also do this by wiggling your fingers side to side for your baby to watch. 

3. Smells help create memories

Introducing new smells to babies can help create new memories for them. Exposing your baby to new and different smells allows your baby to explore and experience the world in a new way.

Have a basket of fruits and allow your baby, under direct supervision, to have a smell and touch of new fruits. Lemons, oranges, pineapple, and avocado have interesting textures and smells. Soaps and herbs can also be used to allow the baby’s sense of smell to be developed. 

4. Everyday items are fun

A laundry basket can keep a baby entertained. They are great to seat a 6 month plus baby in. Tie toys to the laundry basket and allow your baby to explore the items. If the baby throws the objects away, they can’t go far as they will be tied to the basket, making it easier to clean up. Babies love sitting in laundry baskets!

5. Make some noise

Homemade shakers can be a lot of fun and inexpensive to make. Grab hold of an empty water/milk/drink bottle. Fill the bottle with some rice or pasta. Approximately 10-20cm worth. If you like, colour the rice or pasta with some food colouring before filling the bottle. Have fun with your baby while shaking about!

6. Help their brain development

Exploring textures can be great fun and incredibly good for a baby’s development. As your baby touches new textures, it helps create connections in their brains. Find a variety of materials with different textures and allow your baby to feel and explore. Lay them on the floor for crawlers to crawl about. For the younger ones, gently touch them on their hands or feet to feel.

 

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Getting Married with Your Newborn in Tow

When you planned a big white wedding with all your friends and family, the thought of you and your partner holding a baby in your arms was a far and distant dream. Suddenly, life has thrown you a curveball and the wedding you booked a few years in advance will now be as a family of three. You have a new addition to the family and a newborn baby in tow, and your wedding now feels like quite a daunting prospect! Getting married with a young baby or toddler can come with its fair share of challenges but it doesn’t The post Getting Married with Your Newborn in Tow appeared first on The Pulse.

Getting Married with Your Newborn in Tow

When you planned a big white wedding with all your friends and family, the thought of you and your partner holding a baby in your arms was a far and distant dream. Suddenly, life has thrown you a curveball and the wedding you booked a few years in advance will now be as a family of three. You have a new addition to the family and a newborn baby in tow, and your wedding now feels like quite a daunting prospect! Getting married with a young baby or toddler can come with its fair share of challenges but it doesn’t mean you can’t still have the wedding experience you’ve always dreamed of!

Here are some tips for making a wedding with a baby go smoothly…

Recruit a helper!

Probably the most important one of all when having your baby at your wedding is to recruit a helper. You are going to need it and there is absolutely no shame in having someone on hand (ideally who isn’t part of the immediate wedding family) to watch your baby or take them for a nap or walk if they get restless.

Ideally, your helper needs to be someone they trust and feel comfortable with and whilst this would normally be a grandparent, aunty or best friend, try and build a relationship with another trusted friend or relative who is less concerned with missing crucial wedding moments. If your baby is comfortable in their presence, they are far less likely to get upset or cry for their Mom if they are taken out of sight.

Remember your Baby’s schedule

 When planning your wedding, you may want to think carefully about the timing of key events during the day such as speeches, the actual ceremony and the taking of family photos. Whilst your baby’s routine is far from an exact science, particularly if your baby is young, the last thing you need is an overtired or extremely hungry child screaming at the crucial moment because they are overdue their feed or nap.

Choose a breastfeeding friendly dress

If you are breastfeeding, the last thing you will need is to have your friends slowly helping you untie your entire dress whilst your baby becomes more and more fractious. Think about dresses where you are still able to feed should you wish to do so, and accept that there may be regular times throughout the day where your child wants to nurse.

Alternatively, if your baby will take a bottle, consider expressing a few bottles before hand and practice before the big day with others feeding her in your absence. Making sure she is comfortable with someone other than yourself is key, and will provide some more flexibility if you are caught up when she wants to nurse.

Involve them in the day

Whilst a wedding with a newborn may be quite different to what you originally planned, you are a family of three now, and as such, it’s perfectly acceptable to include them in your day.

How amazing will it be to show they the photos when they are older and say they shared the special moments with you? Involve them in the day as much as you can, whether that’s a highchair or bouncer next to the head table whilst you eat, an adorable inclusion in the photoshoot or even bringing them in on your first dance. Rethinking your wedding and making it work for your personal situation is key.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself 

Last but not least, expect the unexpected. Life with a newborn is super hard to predict, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself for everything to be perfect. Whilst you can prepare as much as you can in advance (including lots of diapers, changes of clothes and even a stroller in case they need an emergency sleep inducing walk around the block), they are after all just a baby. Accept that parts of your day may need to be a little more fluid – your guests will fully expect it too!

You can find tips for getting married during pregnancy here.

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