Fun Activities for the Baby and Daddy

daddy and babyDads 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:

Daddy Time

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.

The Park

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.

Swimming

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.

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  1. Kristen says:

    My baby girl loves when Daddy sings songs and plays hand games with her. They love doing Heidisongs.com Dvds together. The “green” song.

  2. liz says:

    my girl loves daddy, and for me thats so important, tnx for this article really cool

  3. mommy nhoj says:

    my husband is a nurse and he is a hands-on daddy! He even taught me how to bathe our little one. He sees to it that they will have baby-daddy time even if he came from more than 12hrs shift!

  4. my son used to love spending time with his dad but now thats hes a lil older hes a big mommas boy :/

  5. PrettyBoogs says:

    I have no doubt there will be lots of daddy time. He is so excited. I’m sure he already has so many plans for her.

  6. Grace says:

    love this article!

  7. My husband loves one on one with our son so lovely:-)

  8. aww that is cute! she is going to be a daddy’s girl.

  9. Prachi says:

    My hubby always likes to spend time with my daughter at the same time neglecting me…;-(.. He bathes with her on weekends, dances for her, sometimes acts like joker to make her happy…

  10. My baby loves taking baths with his daddy, bath time is their bonding time. They have lots of fun.

  11. Mayri says:

    Definitely sharing with hubby! 🙂

  12. Sarah Conrad says:

    Good suggestions. I am sure dad’s would also be good at participating in music and gym-type classes with baby. Those are offered through various companies. In addition, just taking a walk with the baby or "wrestling around" once they can take a bit of jostling (not for the really little ones) can create a great bond. Our son loves "wrestling" with daddy and that is their special thing. Daddy can’t wait to really be able to toss him around (safely of course). Also just getting down on the floor with the baby with their toys is helpful for their development. Daddy can help encourage movements for their gross motor skill development, such as rolling over and pushing up on their hands while on tummy time, etc.

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