5 Things to Do With Your Newborn During the Day

Things to Do With Your Newborn: Real Talk

Congratulations! Your baby is born and now you’re eager to find things to do with your newborn. Let’s face it: newborn babies are a bundle of utter joy.πŸ‘ΆπŸΎ The “new baby smell”, their cute little fingers and toes, and their adorable little faces are absolutely perfect in every way. Nothing could be more precious…or more demanding. As a new mother, the reality of having a newborn means being on call 24/7 for at least the first four months before even thinking of getting four hours of straight sleep. It feels like the longest day ever. Many mothers find themselves wondering how they can keep their little ones entertained during the first several months. Below is a list of things you can do (on very little sleep) that will be fun for baby and mother.

Things to Do With Your Newborn: Become a Photography Expert

This is probably one of the easiest hobbies to explore and you can practice your new skills on your bundle of joy anytime! Basic digital camera operations (or familiarity with your camera phone’s settings) are a must before propping up your new model. You can position your baby anywhere that’s safe. Whether it’s grandma’s lap or on the floor playing with toys, your baby is naturally photogenic. The best part? It’s fun and only takes a few moments to capture a cute little baby moment that will last a lifetime.πŸ“Έ 

Things to Do With Your Newborn: Read a Book

Start with simple books. Maybe even picture books. You can invent the story as you turn each page! Your baby will love listening to the comforting sound of your voice as you hold him/her close to your heart. Newborns may not have a lot of interest in reaching out to touch the pages, but they can see the colors and shapes which make it fun for baby to learn as they listen. It also helps expose baby to new vocabulary words that they will need to use in conversation later on.

Things to Do With Your Newborn: Take a Nature Walk

Nature walks are a wonderful way to bond with baby. The sights, sounds, and smells are all new and different. It’s a wonderful sensory experience. It’s also simple, which is great for the sleep-deprived parent pushing the stroller! Most strollers also offer cup holders, which is a great place to put a traveler mug of coffee. The bar on the stroller will help you stay upright as you head out into your local park or nearby playground.πŸƒ

Things to Do With Your Newborn: Arrange a Playdate

Getting to know other new mothers is almost essential. The tips and tricks learned can save you time and money when learning to care for your new little one. Maybe you know a friend of yours that just had a baby too or maybe you are new to the area and don’t know anyone yet. There are lots of local groups you can reach out to and arrange community playdates. You could even network through friends or other relatives. Playdates are wonderful for both mother and baby. It allows socialization and fun for the both of you. It even can offer support because, let’s face it, raising a kid can be stressful and sometimes you just need to be around people you can relate to in life.

Things to Do With Your Newborn: Buy a Play Piano Gym 

Play piano gyms are a great opportunity for both you and baby to bond. Create lasting memories as baby kicks, coos, and builds stronger neck muscles. These gyms don’t cost a whole lot and the tummy time is healthy for your child. Snap cute pictures or giggle at baby’s adorable facial expressions as he or she explores new sensory experiences.

No matter what activity you choose, your baby will be thrilled because it’s something you love. So, naturally, your baby will love it too, because your baby loves you. Click here for more ideas.

Have an older child, too? Here are some fun things you can do with a toddler.

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