Activities for Baby's First 0-12 Months

Excerpted from The Rookie Mom's Handbook

Sing, Sing a Song.
Sometimes we want to remind our babies that we are still here even though they can't see us from their position in the car seat or bouncy seat. Your musical voice will reassure her that you haven't left the room. So learn the words to your favorite songs, mama. Look them up online so you can belt them out with confidence as you drive or shower.

Create a Comic Strip.
Choose 3-5 photographs to assemble into a little story. Get some thought-bubble stickers intended for scrap booking and have fun. Sure, this is cute for your baby, but keep in mind that you have a life (or at least you used to) with friends or siblings. Feature some of them in your comic strip, too.

Post the finished artwork on your refrigerator. It will remind all your guests how witty you are.

Hop in a Photo Booth.
Stick your baby's head in a photo booth. Hold him steady and watch the different expressions unfold. If the first batch is dull, try again with funny hats.

Let Baby Dress Herself.
We've always admired the 3-year-olds we see around town dressed in wild combinations of cowboy boots, gingham, rainbow tights, and superhero capes. Do you wonder when your own baby will wear such creative and charming combinations? Liven up your infant's outfit. If your baby is grabbing, she's capable of picking out her own clothes. Start at the bottom and work up:

1. Let baby "select" from 2 or 3 pairs of socks. The idea is that she wears whichever ones she touches (grabbing or sucking is OK, too). You might need to hold them close if she's not flapping or waving her hands about.
2. Allow her to pick from 2 shirts.
3. Let her pick pants, hats, and other accessories.

Now you can brag that baby picked out her own clothes. And at least you'll get a good laugh about it, even if nobody else seems to care.

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