As a full-time mom, I wake up every morning with one primary goal for the day, keep James alive and entertained. We both get bored easily, so I try and fill our days with lots of fun and play. I’ve listed some of our favorite weekday activities below. They’re a 2/10 on the creative scale, but maybe they’ll spark a new idea for you and your little one(s).
- Fresh Air
This is my number one tip for keeping little ones happy. Whenever James starts to get cranky with indoor play, we pack up and head outside. Now that it’s summer we have been trying to get out as early as possible to beat the heat. Even some playtime in the driveway is enough to change the scenery (as well as the mood).
Along with simply getting outside, a trip to the playground is always a fun treat! James particularly loves spending time in the swing, and now that he is more mobile he has started to enjoy exploring other areas of the playground as well. We spent a good part of the afternoon at a local playground the other day and it was a great way to combat the afternoon slump.
Whether they are in the stroller or backpack, babies always seem to enjoy a nice walk and parents do too! True confession, I don’t love the hiking backpack. We have a nice one, it just doesn’t work for me. I have a herniated disc in my low back and I experienced a lot of pain the day after I took James on a short hike with the backpack. I do love a good stroller walk though, and often use our time spent walking as a way to engage my mind and listen to a podcast while James happily takes in the scenery (most of the time).
Not all babies like water, but if yours does, I highly recommend incorporating water play into the day. Something about a simple tub of water and a few floating toys creates a wet and wild time of joy for James, and I’m sure other babies as well! Since we live in an apartment, we don’t have much yard access. I try not to let that stop me from letting James play with water and we usually just use our back patio most of the time.
Snacks aren’t always the answer, but for James they are. Ha! I’m sort of kidding, but I’ve found that a quick snack, especially right after a nap, can ease his grogginess and cheer him right up! These days it feels like James is snacking all day long, I think that’s normal for babies his age? Either way, if it makes him happy then I will happily oblige.
- Library Activities
We got a flyer in the mail from our local library and I’m so excited to bring James to all of the kid’s programs offered this summer. Aside from an independent reading program, there is also a weekly story time, puppet shows, dance parties, and all kinds of fun scheduled throughout the summer at the library. We literally have not stepped foot in a library since James was born, but now that things are opening back up and James is at a good age, we look forward to using the resources offered at our local library.
- Mom and Baby Playdates
We don’t do these enough! But whenever James and I do get out with other mom’s and babies we both instantly cheer up. Connecting with other moms while watching your baby enjoy time in a new environment with other adults and babies is such an awesome experience. It is easy to feel isolated as a mom, and I find it crucial for my own mental health and well-being to surround myself with as many social connections as possible.
There you have it! Our super non-creative list of activities. I always wanted to be one of those moms that comes up with the coolest projects and crafts for kids…I’m not there yet. But I will let you know if we come up with other fun activities to add to our list!
Have a lovely Wednesday afternoon everyone 🙂
Question of the day: What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with your little ones?