Born in the era of lock-down my lil munchkin couldn’t be taken out of home fearlessly. And we obviously wanted to be safe and keep others safe too. The initial month and half went by just adjusting to being a new mommy (for me) and by sleeping, eating, pooping (for my baby). As days passed and she started developing a sense of understanding, she began to feel bored if left by herself. So for her to be happy and for me to complete my chores I started experimenting with her. For all you new mommys and mom to bes out here I am listing down things that really worked out for my baby. This list is not a rule book as every kid is different and so are their interests.
So here it goes:
- Supervised tummy time worked wonders for me. The day I returned from the hospital my husband and I started laying her flat on her tummy. Tummy time not only helps to reduce the incidence of flat spots, it also helps your baby strengthen the muscles in her arms, chest, and neck—muscles needed for sitting, crawling, and walking.
- I put on soothing music while she lays in her bassinet. She used to love listening to the different melodies and nature sounds.
- Massage has become a playful routine for my baby and me and helped me bond with my her. Massage can soothe your baby and help her to sleep. It has many added benefits for your baby, including improving weight gain, aiding digestion, improving circulation, and easing teething pain.
- Singing a soothing song or lullaby and slowly swaying her. This can also be done to put your baby to sleep if she had difficulty sleeping on her own.
- I read books to her which consists of black and white images. I use to place those images in front of her to observe. Newborns’ color perception is limited to white, black and shades of grey, they love to look at high-contrast black-and-white patterns, which stand out in their blurry worlds, attracting their attention and helping them focus.
- I use to look right into her eyes and smile, she would look right back at me and smile even laugh at times (I still don’t know what made her laugh), you can also make other expressions and talk to them for your infant to study, learn, and imitate.
- Once I was comfortable with her basic day to day care giving I began taking her for walks in the stroller. I kept her completely covered and left just a little window open for her to notice the change in surrounding and breathe in fresh air.
As she keeps getting bored often and wants new entertainment I have a few things planned out. I have ordered a discovery cube to support her sensory development. Keep an eye on my Instagram page for a review and pictures. I am also planning to order a baby swing, it will be a fun and playful experience for her I am hoping. I also have a rocking chair with colourful rattles hanging above to develop her grabbing skills.
That’s all folks, hope this blog helps you in creating beautiful memories and having a wonderful time with you new born. If there are some more toys and activities that have worked well for your baby do mention them in the comments.