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Engaging and Entertaining Your Baby

My baby Buckley is almost three months old, and it’s incredible to see how quickly he grows and changes. One big change since those early weeks: he does more than eat and sleep now. He wants to play! Which is so much fun, but also a little more challenging. Because, although there’s nothing better than finding ways to make him smile and laugh, sometimes I need to write an email or empty the dishwasher, or, you know...eat lunch. So here are a few ways I’ve found to entertain him. Some are more interactive, and others are good for when I need to get a few things done.

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Put him under a play gym.

When Buck was born, his aunt and uncle gave him a beautiful handmade play gym from Clover and Birch. Let’s face it, lots of baby toys are not aesthetically pleasing for an adult—but this one has an elegant, minimal wood design that makes it a welcome addition to our home. Buck loves lying under it, staring at it and reaching for the dangling accessories. And I love that it keeps him occupied, because that means I can focus on something else for a few minutes.

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Let him bounce (or sit).

A few weeks ago, we got an Infantino 2-in-1 Bouncer & Activity Seat. As the name suggests, it's both a bouncer and a seat—you can convert it between the two. In a New York apartment, that’s key – space is limited, so the less room Buck’s things occupy, the better. He loves bouncing in the bouncer and playing with the mirror and soft toys that dangle from the bar. And although he’s probably a little small for the chair, I can tell it’s going to be great as he grows. I do find converting between the two forms a little tricky, and not intuitive - but all things considered, it’s a pretty impressive design.

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Rock a bye.

We’ve been using our Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper since the first week home from the hospital. When Buck was a newborn, the rocking and the music it plays used to lull him to sleep sometimes. No such luck anymore, but it’s still a great place for me to set him while I do chores in the apartment.

Read a book.

I started reading books to Buck when he was only a few weeks old, which felt a little silly because he was so tiny. It was almost for my own entertainment more than his. But it wasn’t long before I could see that he actually enjoyed it. Apparently it’s never too early to start. Obviously he doesn’t follow everything, but it’s amazing to see him stop squirming and look at the pictures. We mostly have board books, but I’m taking advantage of the fact that he’s not ripping pages and chewing on covers yet to break out full-size picture books too. It’s one of my favorite things to do with him.

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Go for a walk.

From the moment we step out of our apartment, Buck’s eyes are wide open (until, if I’m lucky, the stroller’s motion eventually puts him to sleep). I can tell he loves taking in everything he sees and hearing all the city’s sounds. And it gives me a chance to run errands and get fresh air. Win, win.

For tips on keeping your baby warm during walks in the winter, check out Thriving in the Winter with a New Baby.

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