With the Summer firmly in the past and winter making it’s way in, it can be difficult to come up with new an exciting activities to do with your baby. I’ve put together some great ideas that you can do both at home or out and about during the wet weather months. I’d love to know your favourite things to do on rainy days so if there’s something I haven’t got on my list, please do leave it in the comments.
Sensory play at any age is beneficial and fun for your child and making your own at home can be a great activity on a rainy day. When it comes to messy play you’re going to want a little bit of a plan so you don’t end up with spaghetti up your curtains and rice all over the carpet. There are some amazing Tuff Tray ideas on Pinterest for all different sorts of themed messy play to make it even more fun. Colouring things like rice, spaghetti, oats can make for a more interesting play time for your little one too.
Your baby will think all their Christmas’ have come at once when you start bringing out all of there toys. You might find old favourites that you have both forgotten about! It’s always great to have a rotation of toys so that everything gets played with at some point – toys are expensive and take over your life and home, it’s always a good idea to get your monies worth out of them. It might be that there are some that are no longer age appropriate or they just don’t give a second glance to any more so you could donate those to a friend or charity shop.
Whether it’s just before a nap, bedtime or just in a calm moment, baby massage can be a wonderful thing to do on a rainy day. There are so many benefits of baby massage for your little one including helping them to sleep better and improving digestion! Baby massage classes can be a great way to get out of the house and meet new mums but it’s not essential – you can find some great video tutorials on YouTube to show you the best techniques.
Out & About:
A staple of any parent with children that can move basically! Soft play is a saving grace for many mums and dads who need to wear their children out to get a few minutes of peace – I am one of these parents. You can get discounts for your little ones (usually under 2) where they possibly get in free which makes it a great value day out too! The only downfall is that every other parent might have the same soft play idea which means you may find yourself in the middle of what seems like the worlds busiest play area.
I’ve always wanted to encourage George to love books, we read stories every day. I’m a big book lover and want to build George a collection to be proud of but that’s going to take some time. When we’re looking for a new story we take a trip to the library to see what’s about. Children’s areas in libraries are usually wonderful, surrounded by little chairs, soft toys and also organised activities on occasion. The best part is it’s usually all free! Encouraging reading, getting out of the house and not spending money – 3 winning factors to an enjoyable day out when it’s raining.
Visit an Aquarium/Museum
Just having a change of scenery can help beat cabin fever during the wet weather months. Although your little one may not understand the experience, they’ll love seeing some new sights. Watching fish swim around is satisfying as an adult so I can’t imagine how exciting it is through the eyes of a child. Museums have also come a long way since I was little. There are more and more interactive exhibits and while your baby might not be able to take part in the activities fully, there may be opportunities for new tactile and sensory experiences.
Those are just a few ideas on how to spend a rainy day with your baby! What do you think of my suggestions? Have you got any of your own that other parents need to know about? Leave them in the comments below.