This time last year, I published this post. We announced my pregnancy with Florence on the eve of Hallowe’en and I was so excited to be growing my own little pumpkin. Today, as Florence turns 5 months old, we’ve had a day jam packed full […]
Category: Baby Play
We’ve had all the fun today making and playing with these Spooky sensory slime bags in the Spirit of Hallowe’en. They’re super duper easy to make and great for adding an extra element to our play. All you need is: A Zip Lock Bag A […]
With Autumn in fall swing, we have bought the colours & textures of my favourite season inside for some Autumn baby play, making use of some of our most loved toys too! Just like our garden play last month, this weeks play theme has been centered around our make shift play gym (Our Shnuggle Stand!), taking advantage of the ability to customise this however we want to according to the day.
I tied red, orange & yellow sensory scarves along the back of the stand to create a bright & colourful backdrop for our play this week. As well as injecting colour, they were just the right length for Florence to grab and scrunch in her hands. I also used them to stroke her face & tickle her feet with!
I also hung a Mama & Belle teething necklace from the other side of the stand — I love adding things like this to our play. Florence spent ages batting it backwards and forwards as well as exploring it with her hands while laying down. When sitting up in her Bumbo, this is the perfect height for her to reach for and chew upon to soothe those pesky teeth.
Along with her beloved Skip Hop Bandana Buddy Fox who is packed full of awesome sensory features, we have some other toys from the Skip Hop range which were perfect for our Autumn Baby Play. I ordered this Skip Hop Explore and More Egg Shaker Trio Set* back in September and the three characters included are just adorable. There’s a fox, a hedgehog & an owl and each of them make a different rattly sound and have different patterns & textures on their bellies. They’re the perfect size for little hands. Florence likes to pick them up and shake them and pass them from one hand to the other. They will be perfect for small world play when Florence is that bit older.
The other Skip Hop addition to our Autumn Play was the Explore and More Roll Around Rattle which we’ve been sent by our friends over at Jo Jo Maman Bebe. I won’t go too much into detail about him now because I’m writig a full review soon, but he is proving to be one of Flo’s favourite ever toys.
We also played with some of nature’s treasures – conkers & pine cones. Florence is puttig EVERYTHING in her mouth just lately, so before play began I boiled the kettle and left them to soak to get rid of any nasties. As the conkers were quite small, I poked them through the holes in the Skip Hop hedgehog’s tummy so that she could still feel them and see them without being able to attempt to eat them!
We’ll be adding some extra elements to our Autumn Baby Play over the next week as we move on to some Hallowe’en & firework night inspired activities.
Here are some of our favourite Autumn Play ideas from some other lovely bloggers. :)
Hallowe’en Discovery Bottles – MudPie Fridays
Baby Play: Autumn Colours Treasure Basket – www.edspire.co.uk
Infant Activities for Autumn – The Stay at Home Mom Survival Guide
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Wherever we go, be it baby classes, clinic, to friend’s houses there’s one thing everyone seems to be talking about and that’s tummy time! I’ll admit, to begin with I hardly ever placed Florence on her tummy, she wasn’t keen and I was nervous around it but over the last couple of weeks we’ve really upped our game and Florence is enjoying being on her belly a lot more. I’ve put together a list of top tummy time tips that have worked for us!
You’re already doing it!
Believe it or not, you’re more than likely already doing Tummy Time with your baby without even realising it. Every time you place your baby over your shoulder or lap to wind her, you’re encouraging her to use those important neck and core muscles. When Florence was just two days old, as we were waiting to come home from the hospital she was moving her head back and forth (while being supported of course!) and pushing off of my chest while I was cuddling her. So much so that she reminded me of a little mini headbanger! Baby wearing also counts as tummy time, so any time you’re out & about with your baby in her carrier or sling you’re getting a good healthy spot of Tummy Time. Both are gentle introductions to Tummy Time that you don’t really even have to think about!
Place baby at eye level
This really helped us in our early of Tummy Time days & still does if Florence is a bit reluctant. Place baby on the sofa or the bed and sit on the floor in front of her. I tend to chat or sing and it helps to get her attention. Baby’s love checking out their Mama’s face so offering her that eye contact while you play will encourage her to look up and build that neck strength!
Try a variety of different props
Florence isn’t keen on doing Tummy time activities on a flat surface and so we turn to a few different things to help elevate her. Our number one Tummy Time aid is our Poddle Pod, but we also use a variety of ordinary cushions, my pregnancy pillow, a nursing pillow & the edges of her play mat!
Create a distraction!
One of the best ways we’ve found to prolong Tummy Time is to create a distraction! Florence is the best she is at Tummy Time when there are other babies to watch at our Sensory Play class, but there are plenty more ways you can distract your baby from the fact they are on their tummy. Placing a pattern in their view, singing songs and chatting to them and rolling a noisey or reflective toy are all fail safes for us!
Incorporate tummy time into your day to day
Tummy Time will come more naturally to you and your baby if you incorporate it into your daily routine. For example, Florence loves to look at herself in the mirror while I’m doing my make up so I pop a pillow in front of the mirror and prop her up on her belly so she can chat away to herself. I’m just next to her so I can keep an eye and yet I can still get on with what I need to do too! We do this at roughly the same time every day and now hardly think anything of it at all! It’s just become habit.
Pick your moments
Like most things with babies, you have to pick your moments when it comes to Tummy Time practice! Choose a time in the day when your baby is at her happiest and most awake to get in some all important belly down play. This way she’ll be less likely to get worn out quickly or get grizzly after only a few seconds. Another thing to think about is how long you’re doing it for – short and sharp bursts are all your baby needs to get started with tummy time and as time goes on and baby gets happier on her belly you can increase the time more and more. At three months Florence now does the majority of her play on her tummy!
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We’ve been practicing grasping with Florence recently and I’ve made some rainbow ribbon rings to incorporate into our play. They’re great for little hands and offer plenty of opportunities for clasping! Baby can grab the wooden ring itself or one of the ribbons. It really […]