Parenthood can give your life a 360-degree turn. While the experience can be rewarding, it can also put a lot of pressure on parents. The things you do (and don’t do) with your baby can contribute to their development and growth. This is one of the reasons why you should always look for ways in bonding with your baby. The more time you spend with your baby, the better and faster their development is.

There are a lot of ways of keeping your baby entertained while helping them achieve infant milestones, such as those presented in this video

To help you out, here are some things to do when you’re bonding with your baby:

  1. Pack A Picnic

Parenthood can take a toll on your life. This is especially true if you’re a first-time parent who has to work full-time from 9-5. You’ll be bombarded with responsibilities that you’ll end up being stressed, thinking about what you should do first. If you want to get away from all of this stress and finally have fun with your baby, prepare a picnic and head to your nearest local park.

Having a picnic is a cheap stress reliever and can positively impact your child’s development. When you’re already at the park, let your baby feel the grass on their feet, and have them lie on your lap while watching the trees and clouds. If your baby is still too young to play on their own, let them watch other people play sports. The combination of seeing other kids playing Frisbee and pets being trained by their owners is a guaranteed five-star entertainment to your baby’s eyes.

  1. Dip In The Pool

It’s very hard to find a baby who doesn’t like water. More often than not, babies like to spend a lot of time taking a bath or play with water at home.

If your baby shares the same interest, free one day of your week and visit the pool with them. Depending on your preference, you can choose to visit community pools in your area or pay for accommodation that offers free pool usage. Carefully hop into the water and make sure to document your baby’s reaction the moment they frolic in the pool.

If you’re leaning towards this direction, it’s best if you go into the pool when the crowd starts to thin out. You want to avoid any splashing teenagers or serious lap swimmers. When you share the pool with them, your baby can become restless or stressed. This can even result in injuries or accidents.

  1. Host An Art Show With Your Baby

Seeing colours is always interesting for babies. This is the reason why they love spending time doodling on walls with crayons. If you want to showcase their doodling skills and encourage them to love the arts, host an art show with them.

To do this, simply get a couple of big boxes and place them next to each other on your sidewalk. Provide colourful chalks to your baby and let them doodle all over these boxes. It doesn’t matter what image they create. As long as they’re doing something with the chalk and boxes, everything is well and good. Doing this will not only give your baby a more suitable area for doodling, but you’ll also end up having a very colourful and interesting sidewalk!


  1. Visit A Local Pet Store

As mentioned, being a parent can also become stressful at times. You’ll have a lot of things on your plate and managing all of these can require energy. If you want your baby to have fun while being able to relieve yourself from stress, visit a pet store in your area. Interacting with pets is a great stress reliever, and it’ll be the perfect opportunity to introduce your baby to pets.

You’ll be surprised how this trip can make your baby fall in love with pets!

Once you decide to visit a local pet store, expect that your baby will immediately laugh with glee the moment they see puppies and kittens jumping around. Introduce to them the different types of animals and help them wave to each of them. Aside from dogs and cats, exotic birds can be very entertaining, especially if they were trained to engage with people.

Look For Options

Aside from the tips presented in this article, don’t be afraid to do your homework and look for other ways to bond with your baby. Ask pointers from your friends and families who are also parents. You’ll know which strategy works best for your baby if you have a lot of options to choose from.



About Jennie McNichol

After spending 11 years in London working in the television industry for the BBC, Jennie McNichol made the move to Perth in 2010. As the Co-Founder and Editor of Buggybuddys, she has been able to use her experience and passion for helping families to create a trusted online resource for parents across Perth.
Jennie is the proud mother of two daughters, aged 14 & 12 and is a big advocate of the family-friendly lifestyle that Perth has to offer.

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