Keeping newborn babies busy is very important. Their interactions and experiences will start to shape who they are. Here are some ideas for keeping your curious baby busy. You’ll need to engage all the senses, so take inspiration from these ideas about touching, tasting, and talking with your baby…
- Keep your baby stimulated by providing them with different textures to explore. Remember, everything is new to them so introduce things slowly. It can provide your newborn with a lot of entertainment just playing touch games. Find objects which are fluffy, silky, wet, smooth etc and hand them to your newborn. Their delicate skin will be sensitive to all these textures and will open up a whole world of exploration to them.
- If your newborn is having a tough time settling down for a nap introduce movement. Movement is a great way to calm babies down and make them sleep and content. You can rock a baby in your arms. Or you could even try rocking your baby by holding up the four corners of your blanket. Just start by holding them firmly against you so that they feel safe and secure.
- Mobiles are one of the best loved, and oldest, toys for newborns. You can get lots of different types and your babies will look at them awestruck! The bright colors and movement provide lots of visual stimulation, and some even make noises too. Fendi baby has some great interactive toys for newborns. If you don’t have your own mobile you can even use household items. Scrunching plastic cups and silver foil will all be fascinating for your baby to watch and hear.
- Take your child for walks. Introducing your newborn baby to other people, places, and animals, as soon as possible is a good idea. It will improve their social skills and their tolerance to noises and people. Talk away to your baby. Obviously, they can’t understand you. It is both comforting and educational, though.
- No doubt new parents will have received plenty of plastic and fabric books as gifts. These are a great way to entertain a curious baby. Whilst they go through a developmental stage babies will want to touch and taste everything to understand it. Help your baby to flick through these books safely. Encourage interaction with the book too. Before you know it your baby will be smiling, making noises, and babbling away.
- Kicking should be encouraged too! This is a normal reflex that helps to strengthen legs, and will eventually lead to walking. Holding your baby up on their feet is a good way to encourage kicking. Splashing about in the bath and playing with toys is too.