The leaves are changing, Thanksgiving is right along the corner, and the temperatures are dropping! It is so important to keep your entire family active during the winter months, including your infants. Many area community centers have “Mommy and Me” and “Gym and Swim” classes that encourage fine and gross motor activities. Local music centers also have specialty classes just for the little ones. There are still plenty of great activities that you can do indoors with babies to keep them active and achieve those gross motor milestones along the way.
Below are some fun activities to do with your little ones outdoors and indoors as the weather turns colder.
1) After a diaper change when your baby is still on the changing table, ‘bicycle’ their legs in a rotating movement from their hips and knees. This reciprocal motion is great for learning to crawl and walk!
2) If you have a dog, include your babies in the daily dog-walking. Quick, ten- to fifteen-minute walks with your kiddos that can walk or be pushed in the stroller get them (and you!) out into the fresh air. As you are walking, talk to your children about the nature around them and how the seasons change the trees, grass and temperatures. As a rule of thumb, dress your babies in one layer heavier then you would yourself. Read more