A lot of parents feel at a loss once they’ve left the maternity ward.
Am I allowed to talk my baby outside?
What can I do to keep my baby entertained?
Indeed, the excitement and stress of the pregnancy and getting everything ready for the arrival of a new member of the family can sometimes make you forget that you need to plan for a new lifestyle. While visiting museums and going to the cinemas are off limits, where can you take your baby?
For alert toddlers and older children: an interactive adventure
For young children and toddler who are comfortable walking and exploring their environment, you can make sure to encourage them to discover something new and exciting. The kid’s farm village offers fantastic insights into the farm life, with displays of live animals and access to outdoor activities. It’s a particularly brilliant day out for kids who are beginning to be curious about their food – you can show them real dairy cows, for example.
Sensory discoveries for toddlers… also suitable for older kids
Toddlers are eager to navigate through the world on their own feet. However, being still young and inexperienced, they tend to get tired quickly and don’t enjoy long strolls outside. But you can keep your toddler active and engaged with an afternoon at the pool! Indeed, between 12 and 36 months, your child develops their mobility. Swimming or playing in the water can encourage a diversity of movements that would be too complex otherwise. Younger babies can also go to parent-child water activities groups, but you’re less likely to notice any benefit when they’re below the toddler age.
Babies between 9 and 12 months: visiting other kids
When your baby can sit upright and interact with their surroundings actively, it’s the best age to get to meet other babies and young children. During this stage of their development, children learn to socialise and play together. So if you know a friend who has had a baby at the same time than you, it’s time to plan some afternoon visits!
2 months and over: take your baby for a walk outside
Most doctors recommend extreme caution for babies under 6 weeks of age as the immune system is non-existent. In other words, it means that you shouldn’t take your baby out for long walks in the park until he or she is at least 2-month-old. At this age, your baby is still adapting to their surroundings – most babies can’t see properly yet. But the noises, the colours, the smells, and the fresh air will help to keep them alert.
Newborn: let people visit you
Newborns don’t need to be entertained, which is good news because as a parent you’ll be too tired to take your baby on a day out. But, you can still invite friends and relatives to pay you a visit at home and meet your baby. While they look after the bay, you can use the time to keep on top of your household chores!
Each stage of your baby development means that you can vary your activities and entertainment plans. From newborn to assured toddler, every child needs to experience a variety of interactions with your family, the nature, other children, and even in water!