10 Fun Things To Do With Your Newborn Baby

Once your baby is born, nothing can surpass the joy of newly attained parenthood. Once the initial surprise and delight turn into an everyday routine, taking care of a newborn can become monotonous. At this time, there are certain activities and things to do with a newborn baby that you can get involved in and enjoy the joys of motherhood.

In the initial months, your newborn gets attached to you the most. Therefore, how you connect with your baby in these months plays a crucial role in your baby’s overall development.

Read on this post as we tell you about some fun activities you can try with your baby.

Top 10 Newborn Baby Activities

If you thought that your newborn baby would only sleep and wake up for meals, then it’s time to rethink! Here are the top 10 activities to do with newborn babies:

1. Baby’s Day Out:

Plan an outing with your baby. It need not be a far flung place but a nearby park or any natural surroundings.

  • Let your baby enjoy the lush greenery and feel the fresh air.
  • Even though your baby may be too small to play, he may really enjoy seeing the colorful environment and other children playing.
  • It will also be a good change for you and your baby from everyday routine.
  • Cover them adequately to make sure they don’t feel cold.

2. Music Therapy:

All babies have an affinity towards music. Melodies have a soothing effect on babies and can boost their memory as well as mental skills.

  • Play different genres of music when your darling is awake and see which music relaxes him and which annoys him.
  • Some music might charge him up while some will make him sleep.
  • It is essential to be present along with your baby while the music is playing.
  • Your touch and voice may accentuate the benefits. Sing along and encourage your baby to do so too!
  • Besides making your baby happy, music will also help calm you.
Did you know?
Playing slow and soft music repetitively can calm your child and promote deeper breathing (1).

3. Record Your Baby’s Move:

Each moment with your baby is unique and shall never come back, so make sure you capture them.

  • Record your baby’s special moments through pictures or videos.
  • Use different accessories and props to make it entertaining for your infant.
  • Make him or her wear special clothes, try a different hair style. Your baby will thoroughly enjoy the attention.
  • Share these with your spouse and near and dear ones. It will be amazing to watch these together when your baby grows up.

4. Emote:

It is a wonderful game to play with your munchkin.

  • When your baby is awake and playful, hold him close and try to talk with animated gestures and expressions.
  • Vary the pitch of your voice. You will be amazed to see how your baby reacts to your actions. This will help your baby learn and recognize emotions and increase the attention span of your baby.
  • This activity can help your infant in early language identification and is a great way to strengthen your bond.

5. Play Hide And Seek:

Play hide and seek with your newborn but not in the regular way.

  • Hide your face behind your hands or a cloth.
  • Call his name or whistle or make any different kind of noise.
  • Your infant will recognize your voice and try to find out where it is coming from.
  • This activity can increase the alertness in your baby.
  • When your baby finds you, pick him up and shower him with your love. This will create a happy emotional bonding.
  • As a word of caution, don’t be too far from your baby. Always be at a distance from where you can pick him up if he is about to fall or get hurt.
  • Don’t worry if your newborn can’t follow you across the room just yet. A baby’s eyes are still developing to focus the first four to six weeks.

6. Coordination Activity:

Introduce your baby to toys and colorful things.

  • Hang different colorful toys just above your baby’s bed or cradle.
  • When touched they should emanate soothing sound or change shape or light up
  • Help your baby to reach out to these toys with their hands or toes and show them how interesting it is.
  • Your baby will soon learn the coordination of hands, eyes and toes and learn to play on his own.

7. Simulate Senses:

Let your baby feel everything.

  • Don’t hasten any activity you do with your baby.
  • If you are bathing your infant, let him or her splash water and play with it.
  • If you are feeding, then let him or her feel the bottle.
  • This gives your baby an understanding of various senses.
  • Such learning is essential for his overall mental, physical and emotional development

8. Introduce New Things:

Just like you, your baby also hates routine and needs new things to be entertained.

  • Take your baby around the house and show things that are non-hazardous and safe.
  • Let your darling stare and feel the objects.
  • It is a wonderful feeling for your baby and also a way to increase his or her memory power.

9. Story Time:

Of course your little one cannot understand your story but read, nonetheless.

  • Read or tell a story by enacting the same with gestures.
  • Touch your baby’s toes, fingers, tickle his belly and see his expressions.
  • You can use this activity when you are clothing your baby. It is a good way to divert attention too!

10. Try Some Dance:

Sure your baby can’t dance but you can definitely sway him to the tunes of music.

  • Take your baby in your arms and try some simple steps.
  • Such moves are not less than any roller coaster ride for your little one.
  • Be careful with your baby’s neck and always keep a hand there.
  • This activity can definitely rejuvenate you and your little one.

The birth of a baby is the beginning of many new experiences and learnings. You can turn this phase fun with our list of ten things to do with a newborn baby. These activities focus on many aspects such as listening, seeing, or moving and promote your baby’s growth. They will enhance your baby’s observation, coordination, and attention skills. The activities also encourage you to spend ample time with your newborn, strengthening your bond. There are also fun ways to get comfortable with your baby and avoid those new parent anxieties if you have any.

Infographic: Things To Do With Your Newborn Baby

While taking care of your newborn’s requirements is of utmost importance, spending quality time with them also develops a lovable and strong bond. Here is an infographic that suggests some fun activities to try with your newborn to aid their development and make a strong connection with them.

how to have fun with your newborn [infographic]
Illustration: MomJunction Design Team

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  1. How music affects your baby’s brain: Mini Parenting Master Class
    https://www.unicef.org/parenting/child-development/how-music-affects-your-babys-brain-class
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