Summer Activities with a 9-mo old?
- May 24, 2012 at 11:17 am #22130
I’m a little nervous about summer this year given what potential issues and dangers it brings for my 9 month old baby. I wrote a post on the Mom to Mom blog about my anxiety. Do any experienced parents have reccomendations for having a fun and safe summer with an active 9 month old?May 25, 2012 at 7:19 am #22132
That was me last summer! It’ll be ok, promise! Little ones at this age do require a LOT of supervision, especially outside near pools, etc. but it is manageable. Make sure you give yourself breaks, though, so you don’t spend your whole summer on edge. Give yourself some timeouts where dad, or a friend, or grandma is in charge of keeping an eye on the baby so that you can relax in the sun, too!May 30, 2012 at 10:31 am #22133
Lots of sunscreen!! Apply often. Those little ones have sensitive skin. Other than that, have fun! It’s important to be cautious, but don’t be afraid to be out and about with your little guy. He’ll learn to love summer as much as you before you know it.June 1, 2012 at 7:35 am #22134
The good thing about this age is the simple things will excite your child! At 9-12 months, you can turn on a sprinkler, take walks, make a water table outside, etc. Just be very cautious around water & with applying enough sunscreen. Is your child attending a daycare or camp? Talking to the teachers about things that he enjoys doing throughout the day or certain toys to play with, and continuing them at home and on the weekends is a good way to integrate the classroom & home.
Good luck when your baby is older (3-4)!! Finding activities to constantly occupy my preschooler seems like an impossible task. One minute she likes water, the next she wants to color. It reminds me of Media Mom’s recent post: http://blogs.brighthorizons.com/momtomom/2012/05/21/mother-daughter-clash-of-the-titans-explained/
Don’t overthink and as long as you follow summer safety tips, I know your child will have an amazing first summer!
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