Monday, November 23, 2009

Activities


Hey there!
Hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was splendid as we spent most of it babysitting our 20-month old niece. She was such a sweetie and a bundle of energy! It was amazing to realize Paige will be doing all those things in another year. We even managed to get an impromptu picture of Paige with Santa Claus while getting some shopping done yesterday. There was no line to see Santa and we thought: What the heck? So, we have a great cliche photo of Paige staring at the camera with the classic "deer in the headlights" expression as Santa smiles away. She happened to have on her red and cream deer/winter sweater on so she looked very "holiday." It's her first Christmas, so I felt the need to indulge in the Santa experience; especially when there was no line to suffer in!
I was thinking about all the activities I do to keep Paige occupied during the day ...or the fact that I need to think of more (I wrote about this in an earlier post) for when we don't have Mommy group or errands and I came up with new ideas to add to my arsenal! The activities I've done with my 6-month old have been: looking at books and reading them aloud, playing WITH Paige and her toys, allowing her to play with her toys alone, letting Paige slither all around the living room rug (her version of crawling so far), jumping and playing with the toys on her Jumperoo, going for walks, singing songs/nursery rhymes like Itsy Bitsy Spider and others where I make up arm movements to keep her interested, Baby Einstein DVD watching, time for standing while I hold her waist, time for sitting up while I guard her from falling (LOTS of time doing this lately), time in front of the mirror where I make funny faces and entertain her, trying new foods, going around the house as I point out and name things, and today I've added "Dance Party" where I play Jack Johnson music or other fun music that I dance all around the room while holding her. I swing her left and right and we fly in a circle and I dip her ballroom dance style. It's a great workout for me and fun for her. So, we do that for a bunch of songs.
And I found this fabulous website called KneeBouncers that offers a whole bunch of games for infants to play...they just involve baby sitting in your lap and they hit any old button on the keyboard to make things happen on the screen. There are lots of different "games" that are basically cause and effect since something fun happens when baby hits a key. When I've done all other options, I do this with Paige and she really enjoys seeing the bright colors and cute animations/sounds. Find the website here. Enjoy!

6 comments :

Laura said...

Love it. Can't wait to show my six month-old tonight! Thanks for the link. :)

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the site. Definitely having Charlotte take a look soon! Love the music part.

EmmyLizzy said...

Thanks for the site! I think my 4 month old is getting bored with our usual activities!

Suzanne said...

Are you doing any baby music classes or gymboree-type things? I know some people who enjoyed those, and that could break up the week a bit.

Megan said...

Suzanne, I plan to coming in February or so. We have a community center that offers a few different music/baby classes and I'm going to enroll in one. The Gymboree ones are just too expensive for the ol' budget right now. Paige is still at a stage where she doesn't really care much about what's going on around her so I thought I'd save my money. She gets to see the other babies at the Mommy group for now. I'll also take her to story time at the library in late winter too. :)

MG said...

There's a great site called Rookie Moms that has a thing-to-do-a-day sorted by the age of your baby - some of the ideas are great, some are so-so, but it's worth a look! (If you google "Rookie Moms" it comes up.)

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