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12 Holiday Activities to Do with Baby

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1)   Have a family holiday photo op:  Has baby been the subject of all the photos lately?  Capture baby’s first holiday by taking a picture of the whole family.  It’s a keepsake that you and your child will treasure for generations to come.

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1)   Have a family holiday photo op:  Has baby been the subject of all the photos lately?  Capture baby’s first holiday by taking a picture of the whole family.  It’s a keepsake that you and your child will treasure for generations to come.

2)   Read holiday themed board books: Whatever holiday you celebrate, chances are, there is a board book about it. Babies are never too young to be read to, and the holidays are the perfect time to start building up a child’s home library.

3)   Drive or stroll around to view decorations and lights:  Babies love to look at lights! Find a local, spectacular display and go on an outing. Help build vocabulary by talking about the colors, shapes, and objects you see together.

4)   Sing holiday songs to your baby: Baby doesn’t care that you’re not a finalist on The Voice.  Belt out some traditional tunes. If baby is old enough, add some instruments and shakers and have baby play along.

5)   Buy special holiday or winter themed pajamas: Get cute and cozy with seasonal pj’s for your little one.

6)   Create a keepsake such as a plate or ornament: Commemorate this special milestone by capture his/her little handprint or footprint on a plate or ornament. Many paint-your-own pottery places offer these in studio or buy a take-home kit at a craft store, baby store, or online. 

7)   Use edible finger-paints to make a holiday craft: Crafts and holidays go hand in hand, but many of the materials on the market are not safe when digested.  We are huge fans of these naturally safe finger-paints by We Can Too which contain ingredients that are baby-safe, organic, vegan and have no wheat, sugar, or preservatives. Plus, they are made with real fruits and vegetables.

8)   Create a holiday themed sensory table/tub: Place wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows, tinsel, etc. in a big tub, and let baby touch, rub, shake, and play with the items to build tactile development and fine motor skills.

9)   Make a holiday felt board: Make or buy a felt Christmas Tree, Snowman, Menorah, or other holiday themed feltboard, and baby can safely “decorate the tree” or “light” some candles. For ideas see Felt Resources and FunFeltStories.com.

10)  Play with some puppets: Play, sing, and talk to baby using a holiday-themed puppet and put a smile on his/her little face.

11)  Start the tradition of giving: Even though baby is too young for his/her own American Express card, give special gifts in baby’s honor to friends and family members.  Teach baby that it is better to give than to receive!

12)   Facetime/ Skype relatives and friends that are far away. Looking at pictures on Facebook is nice, but those who are far away really want to see baby in action.  Set up a computer date and share some special conversation.

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