The Best Summer Activities for Babies
We all look forward to warm weather during the summertime, but it can feel difficult to make the most of this time of year when you have a baby to take care of. Babies can become fussy in the heat and it's important to protect them from overheating. Besides, babies under six months old should not be exposed to direct sunlight, making things even more difficult!
However, it's not all doom and gloom if you have a little one. There are still plenty of fun summer activities that you can do with your baby. We've put together a list of our favourite games and pastimes for you to enjoy with your baby this summer.
Hot weather can make us feel lethargic and sometimes packing up all of your baby's essentials for a day trip just feels like too much effort. For the days you’d rather stay home, there are plenty of activities for you and your baby to enjoy in your own backyard.
Fill Up the Paddling Pool
There are a plethora of fun activities that you and your little one can enjoy with a paddling pool. Simply splashing around in the pool with your child guarantees plenty of fun, but there are several ways to make it even more entertaining.
For starters, you could invest in some pool toys such as balls or water squirters. These are great for helping your baby to develop their hand-eye coordination as they splash around and attempt to grab the toys.
Alternatively, you could try filling up some plastic bottles with water and using them as water squirters instead.
You could also add some bubble bath to the kiddie pool. Your baby will love playing with the bubbles as they float around them.
If you have any empty plastic flower pots, yoghurt containers or the like around, these are great for water pouring activities. Show your baby how to pour water from one container into another and watch them have fun as they try to copy you.
Babies love blowing bubbles and it's a great activity to do together. Not only is it good fun, but it also helps with your child's eye-tracking and hand-eye coordination. You might want to keep a camera handy because this activity makes for some seriously cute photos.
You can buy a bottle of bubble mixture from most supermarkets or online. Alternatively, you could try making your own by mixing water and washing-up liquid.
There's no need to stay indoors to enjoy a good book. Take your baby into the garden and lie on a blanket in the shade with them. Read aloud to your little one and point out things that you see around you. This is a relaxing activity that will help you both stay cool whilst enjoying the good weather.
Explore the Garden
Your garden is home to all sorts of interesting things for your baby to explore. Introduce them to the different smells, textures and sounds that they encounter. Let them touch the petals of pretty flowers and help them to pick up fallen leaves.
If you don't have access to a garden, or there's no shade to protect your baby from the sun, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy indoors.
Baths are not just for getting clean! They can also be a great opportunity for you and your baby to have some fun together. Fill up the bathtub with a few inches of water and let your baby splash around. You can also try adding some toys to the water for them to play with.
Sensory Ice Play
Fill a big bowl with water and add some ice cubes. Let your baby touch and feel the ice as it melts. You could also try adding some food colouring to the water for a fun, sensory experience.
Of course, this activity can also be taken outside!
This is a great activity for encouraging your child's creativity and helping them to develop their fine motor skills. All you need is some paper and some non-toxic paint.
Activities Away from Home
Of course, sometimes both you and baby benefit from a little trip outside the house. There are plenty of fun activities outside of the home that you can enjoy on a hot summer's day, such as:
A Morning or Evening Walk
The middle of the day is not the best time to head out on a walk with your little one, but early morning and later in the evening the temperature generally becomes much more comfortable. This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, explore your local area and bond with your baby. Plus, an evening walk can help your baby nod off to sleep.
It's a good idea to invest in a parasol for your pushchair during the summer months, as this will help to keep your baby protected from the sun.
A Trip to the Park
The park is a great place to take your baby on a summer's day. They can enjoy the fresh air, crawl around and you may even meet other families whilst you're there! Again, unless your park has plenty of shade it's generally best to go in the morning or evening, rather than when the sun is directly overhead.
Swim at the Local Pool
Many local pools offer 'parent and baby' swimming sessions, which are a great way to introduce your child to the water in a relaxed and safe environment. These sessions usually take place during the week and are generally very quiet, so you won't have to worry about large crowds of people.
Head to the Library
Libraries are not just for books! They often have a range of activities on offer for young children, such as story time, rhymes and songs. This is a great way to encourage your child's love of reading, whilst also getting out of the house and meeting other families. Some libraries even have air conditioning, which is a definite bonus!
Parent and Baby Groups
In any given area, there are usually several parent and baby groups that meet up in local community centres, churches or even coffee shops. This can be a great way to socialise with other parents, and it also gives your baby the opportunity to interact with other children.
A Trip to the Beach
If you live close to the coast, a trip to the beach is always a fun option. Just make sure that you take plenty of sun cream for both you and your baby, as well as a parasol or sunshade for their pushchair.
If your baby is on solid foods, then why not freeze some fruit purees in ice cube trays and take them with you to the beach? They make a great, healthy snack for your little one and will help to keep them cool in the heat.
For more on caring for your little one during the summer months, don't miss our blog post on how to keep your baby cool in warm weather.
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