How to Entertain Babies: 0-3 Months
Entertaining any child can be difficult. They aren’t exactly great at communicating what they would like to do which leaves us mamas playing a guessing game. This is especially true of little babies. Chunker just turned four months old, so I feel like some sort of mommy expert (HA!) on the entertaining world of 0-3 monthers. While tiny babies can be fairly easy to entertain, since they mostly eat, sleep, and poop, the older they get, the more difficult it becomes. Here are some things that I have done to keep my little one entertained that you can implement pretty easily to keep your own kiddos happy!
Even at a young age, Chunker loves time outside. He can lay and watch the leaves move around and the cars go by for much longer than you might think. Remember, all of these things are new to babies, so they have so many little things they can look at in amazement without getting bored.
Play A Game!
My Chunker has started to really like Pat A Cake. I take his little hands and do all the motions with his little hands and sing the song over and over again. He just giggles and giggles. It is absolutely adorable. I have tried playing Peek a Boo with him, but he isn’t too sure about that one just yet.
Read A Book!
This one took a little while for Chunker to warm up to, but now that he has, he really enjoys it. The first time I read him a book, he wasn’t interested the pages and just wanted to be put down, but now that he is a little bigger, books are much more interesting to him. One of his favorites is a tiny book titled “Animals”. It is has simple animal illustrations and is just his size. I read the book to him and tell him what the animals say and he just stares and stares at the pictures. We normally can go through the book four or five times before he gets ready to do something else.
Listen to Music!
Chunker really likes music. He has ever since he was a newborn. He was a Johnny Cash fan right after he was born and still really likes Classic Country radio. We also listen to lots of educational music and watch TV shows that are mostly music, such as Little Baby Bum, which I have discussed in a previous post.
Sometimes there is nothing better to do than lay your baby in the floor and get their tickle spot! For Chunker, this means rubbing my face all over the bottom of his ribs and belly and giving him lots of kisses. We do this everyday, multiple times a day. It’s a guaranteed way to get lots of little baby giggles. It warms my heart and can keep him entertained for as long as I can keep shaking my head!
All of these things seem so simple, but sometimes it is the simple things that we completely forget about. We as parents get so overwhelmed with the diaper changing and the crying and the belly aches that we forget to do the things that are fun and engaging and where the memories happen. Do everything you can to enjoy every moment with your child because they grow up so fast.
If you are curious as to how we incorporate these things into our daily life, my next blog post is going to be part of a series about our daily routine! Once that post is up, I will like to it here.