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What are some good ways to stimulate and entertain my baby? (Without TV!)

Re: What are some good ways to stimulate and entertain my baby? (Without TV!)

The Bump Expert

When baby gets bored with her toys, it's so easy to pop in a cartoon and let the TV work its magic. Baby gets hypnotized by the TV for one simple reason: The animation. The colors, sounds, and movement really engage and stimulate her. The take-away? Add a little animation into playtime! By playing to baby's senses, you can entertain and educate her. (no TV necessary!) Some crowd pleasers:

[  ] Sing songs
Babies love music. The more you change the tone and pitch of your voice, the better. Turn everyday activities into a sing-along. Make up fun songs while you're making lunch, folding laundry or cleaning. Let your playtime have a soundtrack.

[  ] Play music
Pick pleasing rhythms and melodies to stimulate baby. From classical music to The Beatles, listening to music has been linked to math aptitude... you'll have yourself a baby genius who can really groove!

[  ] Make errands fun
Take baby grocery shopping. The colors and new faces are great stimulation... plus, you can cross another item off your to-do list!

[  ] Become a storyteller
It's never too early to read to baby. The best storytellers use lots of voice inflections and tone changes -- better ham up your performance if you want to keep up with the local librarians! Hey, baby's the only one watching... what not have some fun?

[  ] Play with blocks
Find ones in fun shapes, sizes, colors, and even textures. Or, bring out the pots and pans and let baby jam. You don't need the most expensive toys when baby is content to play with things you can find around the house.

[  ] Go for a walk
But not just any walk! Stroll near a park or lake, letting baby see new things in nature. Fill the walks with the sound of your voice. Talk throughout your stroll, pointing things out to baby and engaging her in your surroundings.

Paula Kashtan

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dance to music

duckylynx06 |

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let her sit in your lap as you play the piano (or any musical instrument), and let her watch how you make music.

larazhiwago |

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do household chores with her in sling but narrate as you go along.

mrsdchastain |

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Pots and pans sound great!

db030504 |

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I always put my LO in the sling facing out while I make my husbands lunch, so now he knows how to make a tune sammy for Daddy

NinaBart |

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When we go on walks, we will stop to look more closely at plants or flowers. When there is an interesting sound I will stopped getting down to her level and listen and talk with her.

kamoss0726 |

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My 8 month old loves plastic flower pots... They make cool noises on the floor and he loves to wear they as a hat hahaha... He plays with pretty much anything.... I figure as long as he isnt getting hurt he can play with whatever he wants.... Some people give me dirty looks because when we go out to a restaurant he likes to play with the spoon and the butter knife.... But hes always content and quiet so thats what matters!

montanaAFpirate |

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My LO is a little small for toys just yet but he LOVES to feel different textures and will always pause when he feels something new. The other day my dog gentle pushed her head under LOs hand and let him touch her face and ears. I hold different clothes over him and let the fabric brush his face arms and legs. He loves it! I talk to him and get as excited as he does, lol.

KarolynnS1153 |

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I am forever making up songs that rhyme. We also have been having more conversations with him and I have noticed that he is studying our lips and trying to sound out the words he is hearing!! Our LO is half black and half Puerto Rican so I tend to play a lot of jazz, classical and Salsa type music for him. We dance with him as well. The most intriguing thing he has done so far was play the piano! No seriously it is a joy to watch! Nobody taught him how to place his hands on the keys and press down to get a sound to play! He learned that all on his own which is amazing! Our LO is 13 weeks now but started playing the piano around 8 or 9 weeks! He also is starting to like playing with small stuffed animals.

Chuck1906 |

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My son is 4 months old and put him in his highchair with some soft kitchen items on his tray that he can play and grab, plastic cookie cutters, small plastic bowls and lids, and small plastics spatulas. They are easily within his reach and I can talk to him as I clean the kitchen and do other chores. Thanks to the wheels on his highchair I can move him as I clean different rooms.

crystal0308 |

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If you want more ideas about this you could ask such a question in the free classified ads. You could be surprised by how many people will offer you a suggestion. Good luck!!

Strokoolm |

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No, watching the TV is a bad idea if you want to spend some time with your toddler. When mine was 5 I bought a Bowfishing reel and with all the equipment we went to a river nearby. Since then he loves going fishing.

tylardean |

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I like to put on some music and hold her while dancing to the music. She gets really into it when she starts waving her arms and kicking out with her legs.

ArcheressR |

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