A new parent’s life is filled with breastfeeding schedules, ever-changing milestones and nonstop diaper changing marathons coupled with sleepless nights. Throw in a pandemic lockdown and you have the making of a trapped, frustrated parent and baby.

NapNap understands the changes that a brand new baby with her family may go through and we thought we should come up with these simple activities you can do with your little one during this lockdown. The 1st one year of your baby’s life is an amazing transformation, as each day she learns a bit from you and from the world around her. These activities will help your baby’s growth and development while encouraging her to be responsive and are great for babies from 3 months through 2 years. Giggles and wiggles are the rewards you will surely get along the way!

TEXTURE PLAY BASKET

This would be the ideal time to put to use grandma’s old sweater, your silk scarf, dad’s leather jacket and all assorted things that have textures on them. Babies learn about the world around them through touch, feel and sight. Feel free to scatter rough, satin, hard, soft, even sticky surfaces in the basket every few weeks to introduce new textures to your baby.

Things we learn: Tactile stimulation and hand-eye coordination

BABY BOOK TUMMY TIME

Tummy time can be made fun by placing a baby book in front of her. This will encourage her to raise her head and even reach for the book perhaps. Be sure to choose a book that has sharp contrasting pictures on it so it catches her attention. Your little one will look forward to tummy times like these!

Things we learn: Motor Skills, visual development and tracking

DISCOVERY BOTTLES

Noisy Discover bottles are always a great hit! And you could make one with virtually anything. Clean and dry clear plastic bottles and add just a few of regular everyday objects from your kitchen to each bottle. This works wonderfully with colored pasta, beans, glitter beads, seashells, rice, buttons and the list is endless! Basically anything that makes a noise and stands out with its color is your baby’s favourite toy. To some of the bottles you can even add water and baby oil and make it a mesmerizing discovery bottle. Just ensure the caps are screwed tight each time.

Skills we learn: Visual stimulation, cause and effect, listening skills

SENSORY BOARDS

Simply bring together any kind of textures and shapes together that you can put together on a flat board, with the help of some glue. Cupcake wrappers, bubble wrap, washing scrubber, straw cleaners, ribbons, Cotton balls, wood, lego flat boards and jute fabric are just some of the things that work really well the touch and feel research that a baby will do. Ensure a fair variety of objects are stuck to the board. This is sure to keep your explorer busy for some time!

Things we learn: Sensory play, visual and motor skills, tactile stimulation

WATER PLAY

For your baby to enjoy playing with water, it doesn’t always have to be during bath time. Fill up your baby’s bathtub with a bubble bath, and drop a few plastic cups, kitchen spoons, toys, bath books and things that baby can discover during her free play in the water. Allow her to explore and find things on her own and see the delight in water play. Just remember not to leave a baby alone near water at all though. Besides that precaution, be ready for a splash in your house!

Things we learn: Social-emotional communication, motor skills, cause and effect

Aren’t these as simple as they come?

Try these out and tell us below which one is your favorite!