Re: It's gorgeous outside today! Any ideas for fun ways to enjoy it with baby?
Yes! Warm weather and sunshine means lots of fun outdoor firsts for baby. Here are a few simple ways to make the most of a summery day:
Play with bubbles! Not only is it fun to watch the suds raining down, this activity is great for baby’s sensory development. Bubbles popping on skin is a new sensation that can help your little one get used to new textures. If baby is big enough, make a game of popping bubbles using different parts of the body (poking with fingers, stomping with feet, etc.) -- this fun bonding activity exercises gross motor skills.
Fly a kite! Ok. So maybe baby’s about a tenth of the size of the thing… still, this can be a fun family activity. Pack a picnic, spread out a blanket, plop down baby (don’t forget the sun protection!), and take to the skies with your spouse. Baby will love watching the colorful fabric dancing in the air, and it never hurts to see the parents playing together!
Find the music! Forget the Wiggles soundtrack for once and check out local music festivals and outdoor concerts for some grown up tunes. The outdoor setting allows you to protect baby’s ears by keeping far from the speakers -- lay out a blanket, dance with baby in the grass, and relax to your favorite grooves. Nothing going on near you? Bring out the CD player, grab a blanket and umbrella, and have a backyard picnic/private music fest.
Pick some berries! Many local farms will let you come in and pick your own fruits and veggies (usually at market price). This is a great way to show baby where her food comes from, and she’ll love eating her own pickings.