What’s up, Baby?

I’m wondering what kinds of things I can do with my 4-month-old?  Now that we’re moving past the stage where she’s sleeping all the time, I’m looking for some suggestions for how to entertain her.

The early days with an infant can be so hectic, when a quiet moment rolls around, it can be tough to know how to use it!  When they’re too young to build block towers and have tea parties you still want to engage them—yet it feels like you’ve played “peek-a-boo” a hundred times this week already!

Keep talking:  If you need to get things done around the house, talk to your baby about what you’re doing.  Whether you’re folding laundry or making dinner, (“blue socks,” “two onions”) the beauty of their fresh little minds is that everything is a learning experience.

Little routines: Every day doesn’t have to include an elaborate circle time and music lesson.  Make a habit of singing nursery rhymes during diaper changes and reading books before bed.  For moms and dads who work outside the home, tell baby about your day at the office.  Years from now, when the teen years hit, you’ll look back with nostalgia on your little pyjama-clad captive audience!

Nanny Carrie’s Tip: Pack away the board books and kiddie series for later and opt for a few pages of your favourite books each day instead.  Your little one will just enjoy listening to you, and you get to take a stroll down memory lane with your own childhood classics (or work your way through the bestseller list!).

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Author: Nanny Carrie

Nanny Carrie always knew she wanted a big family, so she made it her business to borrow everybody else's children until she had her own. You can find her embracing the organized chaos of life with five kids and loving (almost) every minute!

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