Babies look so smart and wise and make you wonder what they are thinking about. They look at you like they know all your secrets. Then they remind you that they might know everything when they poop on themselves. All they do is eat, sleep, poop, coo. Repeat. Life can be a repetition of that cycle for months to come. So what can you do with your newborn besides staring at them?
Playing with your baby helps create a special bond from an early age while helping them develop their different skills. You can plan for varied activities which involve visuals. Babies who are less than three months old can only see black and white colors from short distance away but they are stimulated by different patterns and shapes. Print out pictures on card boards which you can show them as you make silly faces or funny voices. Repetition is the key. Their span of attention is very limited so be creative and look for signs of interest.
It is better to do this after bath time especially before bedtime because it is soothing and relaxing. Use a mild baby oil to gently massage your baby starting from the legs upwards. Your baby might need time to get used to it but once they do, it will be a ritual they enjoy.
Sing and Dance
Sing and dance with your baby. Your baby is already used to your voice and the swaying moves from the time they spent in the womb. Soothing melodies or soft dancing music will do as long as you enjoy it and the level of the sound is moderate. In the meantime you can use this opportunity to exercise as well.
Don’t feel like you have to keep your baby entertained or busy the whole time they are awake because they also need time to rest and learn about their surroundings in their own way.