Something that people don’t really talk about is that while babies are absolutely wonderful they can sometimes get a little boring. Here are 5 ways to occupy your baby while occupying yourself.
They say that the more words a baby hears before they’re 3-years-old the higher their IQ. However, it can be kind of hard to have a conversation especially when they’re not talking back. What I like to do is call someone else, put the phone on speaker and then just look at Tess while I’m talking. She doesn’t really notice the difference!
I haven’t stepped into a gym for over 5 years, but we do fit in mini-workouts. Babies really like to be stretched especially because they’ve been so cramped up in the womb. I think Tess enjoys watching me try to kickbox.
I like to pretend we’re doing a spa day. I play music, I put on the candles while I’m giving Tess a bath. My husband totally makes fun of me but it’s really nice for both of us to have a little relaxing time…until one of the big kids come in.
Before they start requesting “Wheels on a Bus,” get your fix of Top 40. We love doing these lip-syncing dance parties into the mirror. Although Tess does have a “mommy you’re embarrassing me” face the entire time.
Sometimes you can get something done by pretending it’s a game. Folding laundry is a great example; you can play peek-a-boo. The babies love sensory activities and it feels good being productive although I have to say full disclosure: between the hours of 5-7 Tess is so fussy and I can never accomplish any of the above. These are all done when she’s awake and happy during the day.
Let me know how you like playing with your baby!