How many rooms are in your house? How many has your newborn seen? Most likely the living room, the kitchen, and a bedroom. Branch out! And put all of the rooms in your house to use!
Sights, Sounds, Feels – blenders, mixers, timers, cold refridgerator, scented candles (you don’t have to light them!), mixing spoons (jingle jangle!)
Baking Sheets and Muffin Pans – water play and magnetic letters
Containers, containers, containers
Food! – messy play or tasting, that’s what baths are for!
Bath – water play, finger paints, edible paints,
Brushes – hairbrush, comb, loofa, sponge, lightly rub on hands and feet, legs and arms for a tickl-y sensory experience
Blanket Burritos! Wrap/swaddle baby up in a blanket, rock back and forth singing “Row Row Your Boat,
Gently down the stream,
If you see the alligator, don’t forget to scream!”
On the last line, unwrap baby for a tickle attack
Blanket Peekaboo – cover baby face and slowly pull off to say Peek a Boo, or cover your face and let baby pull off of you
Baby/stuffed animal make believe
Pictures – babies love to look at pictures, let them look at picture frames, photo albums, books and even magazines. Tape pictures on a wall for baby to look at during tummy time
No matter the age, allow baby to explore her environment. Cabinet locks and gates are great for keeping baby safe but not for containment! If there isn’t anything dangerous in a cabinet, there’s no need to put a lock on it! Let baby explore the Tupperware, pots and pans, and pantry. As baby starts crawling, different surfaces will help develop coordination and fine motor, rugs to hardwood or a step down into a sunken living room.
That being said, just a friendly reminder to never leave baby alone, even for a few minutes. Be sure furniture, televisions, and large pieces of decor are secured to the wall or out of baby’s reach. Even the shaking of a coffee table leg can vibrate a lamp off the edge.
Now, go play!