Taking Baby To Playground
8 Tips For Having Fun With Your Baby At The Playground
Going to the playground might seem like something you do with a toddler rather than with a baby. But there are things you can do really early.
Like talking to other parents while your baby is asleep, for example...
There are thing to do with your baby too. Havign fun in the swing for example, something that has been shown to help the baby develop his sence of balance too.
Check our tips and head for the park!
8 Tips for Taking Baby To Playground
You can go there early
As soon as your baby can hold his head and back steadily and has started to be more awake and more interested in his surroundings, you can actually start taking trips to a playground if you like.
My experience is that this happens when the baby is around 4 months old.
Your baby is still too young to be able to play much, but he may very well enjoy seeing other kids playing, as well as just checking out the new surroundings.
Where to goTo be able to actually do something with your baby at the playground, try going to one that has a baby swing with a high back.
Also make sure the playground is sheltered from strong sun and strong winds.
A lot of other kids (and parents) is also much more fun that sitting in an empty playground with your baby.
In a baby swing with a high back, your baby can swing early. Probably already at around 4 months. But do it slowly!
At around 6 months of age, you can try putting your baby in low back baby swing too.
Many babies love slides. As your infant is still too young to go down on his own, it doesn't really matter how steep the slide is. Just use the lower part of it, hold your baby all the way down, and go!
As your baby approaches 1 year, he might be able to slide down gentle slopes by himself.
Playing in the sandbox
Either you sit down with your baby in the sand box or you'll have to wait until he can sit steadily, at around 6 to 8 months.
At this age, your baby's idea of playing in the sand box is probably grabbing-as-much-sand-as-I-can-and-shove-it-into-my-mouth-before-mom-stops-me.
Well, a little bit of sand will not be dangerous, but don't leave your baby alone!
Bring a bucket and spade or a small plastic car and play with your child.
Watching other kids
Watching other kids is actually often great fun for a baby. If you're lucky your baby will be content just sitting in the stroller looking around, while you get the opportunity to sit a talk to other parents. Nice!
What to bring
Here's list of things that are practical to bring along:
What to wear
This will depend on the season, of course!
If it is very warm, the clothes should above all protect your baby from sun.
If it is cold, a snowsuit is probably the best clothes for your baby.
If it is not too warm outside, a pair of waterproof pants is very practical for your baby. Use them either with only a shirt or a jacket depending on the weather.
Use them together with ankle high boots or rain boots. This way you will not bring home the whole sand box in the shoes and trousers after playing in it...
Your baby will also need a cap.
You also need to put on clothes that will make it possible for you to play and to stand still for long periods. It is much more fun to go to the playground if you are dressed to participate in the playing rather than worrying about your designer jeans or shoes...
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