It can be intimidating to take an infant outdoors for a little play time, but with a few simple activities and the right weather, you can get your little one exploring outside! I am always looking for ways (on the nicer days) to get outside with my kids.It can be a little stifling to be indoors all day long, and most children do much better during dinner prep time if they have burned off some energy outside. Even infants need to be getting their own version of exercise-tummy time, practice sitting, grabbing and reaching.
First, gather one or two small waterproof toys, a blanket, and even a few books…and don’t forget a camera! (To add water play, bring along a container and pitcher of water. This would be for infants 4 months and up.) Also, dress your child appropriately for the weather in your area-if it is really rainy or windy, wait for a nicer day. (My babies always seemed to really dislike wind!)
- cars and trucks
- birds or bugs
- the wind through the trees rustling the leaves
- a flower sprouting in a pot
- a butterfly or bee hovering
- the warmth of the sun or cool breeze
- the blades of grass
- a crunchy or soft leaf
- a smooth rock
- the cool ground
Even a short time outside with your infant can help break up the day, get both of you out in the sun for some Vitamin D exposure, (read why that is important here), and exposes your infant to a whole world of sensory exploration.Teaching our children to love the outdoors from an early age can help instill in them a value for time in nature and exercise. (I have noticed even my twin infants sleep better when they have been outside for a bit and have been on their tummies a decent amount as well.)
It’s amazing how mesmerized young ones can get with these simple experiences.
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Enjoy your time at home!