July Summertime Activities
10 Fun Summer Activities to Do with Your Baby
It's summertime and the living is, well, not exactly easy with a baby, but it's definitely interesting! Now's your chance to get out with your little one and show him or her the world--start with these ideas to explore and enjoy summer in a whole new way.
1. Visit the Zoo
No question zoos and aquariums are child-friendly, but babies love them too. Or save the price of admission and take a quick visit to the pet store. Just don't be surprised if your baby spends as much or more time checking out the other visitors as the animals. Remember, strangers are as exotic as elephants to her!
2. Go Berry Picking
A delicious way to spend a morning, berry picking is also an extremely baby-friendly activity. Wear your little one or set him up on a blanket under a shade tree, and set to the task of plucking the lusciously fresh fruit straight from the vines and into your mouth, err, basket.
3. Hit the Pool
Beat the heat with a trip to the public pool and introduce your babe to the joys of splashing about amongst hysterically happy children. Or set up a wading pool in your backyard for more low-key but still fun water play.
4. Check Out the Farmers Market
Farmers Markets rank up there as one of summer's most baby-friendly activities. There's generally room for strollers, no one minds if your baby gets fussy, and vendors often welcome the chance to coo over your cutie. Instill a love of fruits and veggies in your baby by telling her their names and letting her smell the fresh herbs and squeeze the fruit.
5. Settle in at Library Story Time
Get your Bugs Bunny on, mama! Carrots are full of beta-carotene, which just happens to be in extra demand when you’re lactating. Carrots are a healthy source of carbohydrates and will boost your potassium, too.
Snacking on carrots is also a great way to help you lose some of that stubborn baby weight. Peel and slice a bag of carrots at a time and store them in your fridge for easy snacking.
6. Venture Out on a Nature Walk
Try this one in the early morning before it gets too hot. Load your little into a stroller or carrier and head out to explore. Let her smell the flowers, watch the birds hop along the grass, and feel the soft leaves or smooth rocks you find along the way. Identify what you're seeing with a gentle rolling commentary; all that chatter will help her build a strong vocabulary and develop her own communication skills.
7. Pack a Picnic
There's something so lovely about dining al fresco, whether you're grilling or just munching sandwiches and snacks. Spread a blanket under a shady tree in a scenic location and settle your little one in for an afternoon of squirrel watching, ant observing, and people watching, in between bites of whatever she's sampling these days--be it milk, mush, or finger foods.
8. Head to the Fair
With so much to look at, smells to breathe, and sounds to hear, state fairs and other summer festivals can be a fun place to take alert babies who love to observe the world around them. Timing is everything with this activity; arrive post-nap and after a feeding when your little one is feeling happy and interested in playing. If it's getting too close to naptime, you might end up with an overstimulated, too-tired-to-sleep baby on your hands.
9. Beach It Up
You'll never forget the first few times your baby experiences the beach. Set up a sun-safe camp and help her explore the coarse texture of sand and the cool lap of the water on his feet. Her reaction will be priceless.
10. Blow Bubbles
Here's one you don't have to leave home for. Just head outside, break out a container of bubble solution, and prepare for your baby to be amazed. Add a few songs and movements and it's basically a Gymboree class in your own backyard. While you're out there, toggle your baby's feet in the soft grass and let her experience a sensation that is purely summer.