Sometimes us moms forget that we need to leave the house, especially if your job is to be a stay-at-home parent. I remember being home with an almost-two-year-old and an infant and realizing that I hadn’t even stepped outside in three or four days (other than to put the trash in the trash can). We can get so used to the mundane tasks of being a parent that we forget to be spontaneous and adventurous with our little ones. Now, even if I remember to be spontaneous, that doesn’t mean I have hours to plan out huge activities, so I wanted to share with you some easy ways to be more adventurous with your baby!
1. Explore nature. Babies love to explore new things, and it doesn’t have to cost a ton to entertain your little one. Head out into the yard in the fall and teach your little one about colors by picking out different leaves. In the spring, you can use flowers as examples. Watch your baby’s eyes light up as y’all discover the world outside together!
2. Use those legs! I live in a beautiful, gated neighborhood and I always forget how relaxing it is just to go outside for a walk. And it’s beneficial for baby to get outdoors and breathe the fresh air. Use your umbrella stroller to push baby around while you get some exercise and enjoy some mommy and me time.
3. Use your imagination. Remember how fun it was to build forts when you were little? As we get older, we forget how much fun you can have with the simple items that are already in your home. Create a tent-like fort with the blankets and furniture in your living room, and tell your baby it’s a special hideout just for the two of you!
4. Put a twist on your nursery decor. Anytime I think of Winnie the Pooh, I think of how many fun adventures he went on. A fun new crib set will inspire you to head on your own adventure after a cozy nap time.
5. Play simple games. Don’t forget how much babies love games like peek-a-boo and building towers with blocks. And what they really want most is to have you play alongside them. Set down those dishes and laundry, and spend 15 minutes focused on a simple activity with your baby. It will end up being your favorite part of your day.
6. Find magic in the ordinary. For instance: Don’t let bath time just fly by. It’s the perfect time to make your little one the main character in an exciting made-up adventure. Bath time is always fun when you tell stories! Also, when changing your toddler’s diaper, you can start introducing potty training by making up a story about how a brave little toddler became a “big boy” by wearing underwear and ditching those diapers. When a regular part of growing up becomes exciting and adventurous, you are sure to be less stressed about the transition itself.
As your little one grows, I hope you’ll be able to make awesome discoveries together, even if they’re simple. Also, I hope that you will be able to find ways to make everyday life exciting for them AND for you.