Things to do this spring with a little one
The cure for cabin fever has finally arrived – spring is here! Refresh your daily routine with your little one by spending more time outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and soak up some vitamin D. Celebrate the new season with these baby-friendly outdoor activities.
For a change of scenery, feed your little one outdoors. A picnic can be as simple as a blanket in your yard. If you have an older child, pack a cooler and have snack time al fresco at a local park. Bring your child’s favorite snacks and set up camp under a big shady tree.
Lay a blanket on the grass and in the shade for your baby’s daily workout. Placing your little one on his or her belly is a simple exercise that is crucial for your baby’s development. A Just Born Muslin Swaddle blanket makes a nice option for an outdoor throw. Read more Tummy Time tips.
There’s something magical about bubbles. Watch your baby’s eyes light up while trying to blow, catch and pop. This simple activity will engage your baby’s senses and curiosity, providing tons of entertainment for both of you. Make your own bubble wands and DIY bubble solution with this recipe.
Strap your baby into the stroller and go for a walk. Your little one will love all of the new and fresh smells along the way. If you have a toddler, put your child into a bicycle safety seat and go for a ride. Bonus: working out actually increases energy levels and boosts your endorphins, making you better equipped to handle the demands of parenting. Follow these tips to exercising outdoors with a newborn.
It’s never too early to foster a love for reading. The simple act of reading a book to your baby strengthens language skills, literacy development and your relationship. Take a few books to a neighborhood park or check your local library’s schedule for story time events. Follow these tips to make reading part of your daily routine.
Paint the rainbow.
Set up an open-air workstation for your little artist to create a masterpiece. Spend the afternoon finger painting or coloring the sidewalk with chalk (here is a DIY chalk paint recipe). For a mess-free painting experience, add drops of paint on paper and then seal it in a Ziploc bag. Your child will love mixing up the colors…and you’ll love the easy clean up.
Farm to highchair.
Take advantage of the spring harvest by heading to a farmers’ market with your baby. Pick out fresh berries or look around for a new vegetable your little one hasn’t tried yet. It’s a great way to introduce your baby to new food experiences. Ask your toddler to help you make homemade popsicles or smoothies with the fresh fruit and veggies.
Schedule a play date.
Friends with kids will become your confidants (and free therapists). Nurture your relationships by scheduling weekly play dates. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make things perfect. It can be as simple as asking everyone to come over and bring a bag lunch. If you are looking for outlets to meet mommy friends, consider joining a local moms’ club or play date group.
Capture the moment.
Natural light and backdrops make for the best photos. Take your little one outside during the early morning or late afternoon for the best lighting. Spread out a blanket, relax and capture whatever inspires you. Follow these tips to taking the best photos of your baby.
Don’t forget to cover up.
Fresh air is invigorating, but remember to be mindful of the sun’s harmful rays. Sun safety is important during all seasons, especially when you have a little one in tow. Even if it’s cloudy outside, your baby’s skin can still be at risk. Follow our Sun Safety tips when out and about this spring.
What is your favorite springtime activity with your little one?