Top summer activities with your young baby
It's almost summer, and we've been dreaming of it after a bitterly cold winter in Melbourne. If you have a young baby, going out has its own set of challenges but it shouldn't stop you from enjoying these top summer activities.
1. Hit the beach
Going to the beach with a baby can be tricky, but doable with some preparation. If your baby is under 6 months, be careful of the direct sun exposure since sunscreen is not recommended for such young babies. What you can do instead is to invest in a pop-up beach tent that folds and easy to set up to keep your little one safe from the sun. This beach tent is from Cancer Council, has sun protection UPF 50+ and costs $99.95.
Or if you own a DockATot, you can bring that and get the cabana kit like the below.
If you have a crawler, going to the beach no longer means soaking in the sun for hours while reading a book. Instead, you're constantly watching over your baby for the sand and shells he's put in his mouth.
Try packing a small inflatable pool that is travel-friendly to the beach. Fill it with sea water and add some toys to keep baby entertained and contained.
Tip: If you bring a stroller, dragging them behind you is the easiest way to stroll through sand.
2. Try a baby swim class
Check out the nearest centre that offers infant swimming lessons. Swimming lessons are suitable for babies from 6 months and older, and you will be in the water with them. Usually, there will be 8 babies in a class with a certified swimming teacher. This is a great sensory activity to help build baby's confidence around water.
Make sure you and baby are both comfortable with your carrier, or you might find yourself with a screaming baby for much of the hike. Start small with easier trails with a friend or your partner and make sure you pack enough supplies. Remember to wear a hat on baby to keep the little one from direct sun exposure.
4. Sensory play at home
If it gets too warm outside, stay in and keep baby cool at home with sensory play. Get a clear water bottle and place objects such as dirt, grass, flowers and stones into the bottle. Seal the cap and let your baby turn and shake it. Never leave baby unsupervised when participating in sensory play.
Have you had any success with any of these activities? Let us know in the comments below.