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Having fun with your baby

Playtime is one of the best times of the day. It’s a nice reminder that taking care of your newborn baby isn’t all about those sleepless nights.

There are so many new and exciting experiences that await both of you and by playing together your baby will learn new skills and reach new milestones. Enjoy more of the fun stuff with these playtime ideas.

Sensory playtime

See

Your newborn’s eyes will be a little blurry but they can still make out your facial expressions when you get up close, try pulling faces which will help improve their ability to recognise these expressions and mimic them as they develop.

Even though your baby’s colour vision doesn’t start to develop until they are around 5 months old, they will still be able to see high contrasting coloured toys and soft flashing lights so look to buy some of these

Hear

Amazingly your baby can recognise your voice from birth! Try talking in a happy tone of voice or singing to help improve their communication and lay the foundation for language skills. 

Clapping and playing music can also help them understand rhythm and improve their cognitive development.

Touch

As your baby grows and develops the more curious they become. They’ll want to reach out and touch what they see. With each eyewatering pull of your hair or nose, they’re becoming aware of their physical surroundings.

Simulate their sense of touch by blowing raspberries on their tummy or try tickling their feet. You can also soothe them by stroking soft toys on their bare skin or massaging their back.

Playing outdoors

Venture out and about during the day to the park or shops or even take a stroll around the block. The new sights and sounds will stimulate your baby’s senses.

Swimming

Taking your baby swimming is so much fun for both of you, and is a great activity for the whole family to get involved with. The NHS advises that you can take your baby swimming at any age and they don’t need to have had their vaccinations. As long as you feel comfortable and haven’t been advised otherwise by your midwife or doctor.

Feeling the water gently splash them or just paddling their feet will stimulate their senses and get them used to being around water. It’s also a way to get extra skin on skin contact, helping you or your partner bond even more with your little one.

You’ll quickly learn if your little one is a water baby or prefers dry land. If they don’t like the water right away, don’t force it. Try paddling their feet in first to get them used to the feeling of water.

Remember, you must always supervise your baby when you go swimming. You or another adult must always be in the water holding them.

Tips:

  • Take your baby to a heated pool, they prefer warm water and that way you won’t have to keep getting out to warm up.
  • Pack special swim nappies and a fluffy towel to keep them warm when you get out.
  • Find out if there are any local baby swim classes at your local leisure centre.

Tummy time

Tummy time is the time that a baby spends on their tummy. It helps to strengthen their neck and back muscles to eventually help support them sitting up, crawling, bum shuffling, climbing and eventually walking.

You can start tummy time as soon as your baby is born. A good starting point is laying your baby on their tummy on your chest or your lap. Although, only do this if you know you won’t fall asleep.

Once your baby is a bit older, you might want to move things down onto a floor mat or blanket. You can lay out toys for your baby to try and grab and play with which will help to exercise their leg and arm muscles.

If your baby starts crying when it’s tummy time, get down on the floor with them either in front of their face or use a mirror so they can see that you are there. This will help put them at ease and encourage them to raise their head to look at you.

Tips:

  • Start tummy time for a 1-2 of minutes a few times a day and gradually increase the time as your baby get older.
  • Practice gently rolling them over onto their back and back onto their tummy, supporting them as you do so.

Parent and baby groups

Once you've conquered the military operation of getting out of the house, try out the parent and baby groups in your local area.

It’s a great chance for you to meet new parent friends and enjoy an adult conversation with people that are at the same stage of parenting as you. Your baby will love seeing new faces, meeting other babies and discovering different toys. 

 

Important advice for you

Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life, followed by continued breastfeeding together with complementary foods.

Breastmilk promotes your baby’s sensory and cognitive development, it protects your baby against infectious and chronic diseases and can help your baby to recover quicker during illness.

Unlike infant milks, breastfeeding also contributes to your health and well-being, reducing the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer.  It can also build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby.

Breastfeeding is safe for the environment. You should also consider the social and financial implications of using infant milk. It is important for you to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy and as you breastfeed. Combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding may reduce your breast milk supply and it may be difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed.

Please take advice from your healthcare professional before using Baby & Me Organic. If you do choose to use our products, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully as incorrect preparation may make your baby ill.

The content provided in this article is for information purposes only and should not be regarded as medical advice. Please consult a doctor, midwife or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about your or your child’s health.