Fun Activities for the Baby and Daddy
Dads can often feel left out of their baby’s everyday life, especially if the mom is the primary caregiver. It is important for dads to make time for fun activities for just dad and the baby. This will not only bond them together, but it will also leave some much needed me-time for the mom. While babies can be hard to “play” with at a young age, just spending time with your baby will build a bond that lasts a lifetime. Here are a few suggestions for playtime activities for just dad and baby:
Set aside a specific time or activity that just daddy does each day. This could be tummy time, book time, or even bath time. Lay on the floor at the same level as your baby during tummy time. Some babies do not like tummy time; however, it is very important in your child’s development.
Pick age-appropriate books and read to your baby. It may seem pointless to read to a child at that age because they may not understand what you are saying, but introducing a love of books at an early age may help in the child’s later years.
While bath time is something that must be done, having fun while doing it can make it seem less like a chore. Pick toys that are appropriate for your child’s age. Once your baby can grasp things, give them squeeze toys, or foam numbers to hold. As they start to sit up unassisted, play in the bubbles with your child. You can also buy bath dyes and crayons, this can make the water and walls full with fun colors.
Take your baby to the park. Even at a young age, children are curious about the world around them. In addition to outdoor parks, and if your baby can’t walk, take him to an indoor park where he can practice crawling, cruising, and climbing.
If you live in a warm climate, or have an accessible, indoor pool, take your baby swimming. There are a variety of floats for babies to keep your child protected while still having fun. If you are able, consider enrolling your child in a parent/baby swim class. This class can set the foundation for swimming lessons as they get older.