Activities to Do While Waiting for Your First Baby Before and After Birth
Being a parent will flood you with so many emotions. Sometime you might feel overwhelmed and sometimes those feelings will bring an all over calmness. Connecting with your little ones while they are still growing helps in a good way to keep the feeling of worry and nerves at bay.
Before BirthListen to music!
This activity is called the Mozart Effect. Researchers at Appalachian State University defined the Mozart Effect as an activity which when a person listens to classical music their intelligence increases.
This is, however, still a theory yet to be proven but listening to music is never a bad idea! Researchers from the University of California at Irvine have observed that students have better results on exams after listening to classical music. For this reason, people believe that it is also useful for babies who are still inside the womb to hear classical music.
If you're not into Classical music, any music will do! All the music that I played during pregnancy helped soothe both of my kids when they were babies and even toddlers.
Read to Your Baby
Love to read? Read so your baby can hear you!. This will help your baby to become familiar with your voice. They don't just have to be baby books, they can be books your reading now. Mystery, Romance, the Parenting book you know your already nose deep in. Reading children stories to your baby can bring back fond memories of your own childhood.
Don't feel like reading one night? Have your partner read! This helps then bond with baby too.
This is a fun activity that can also develop and strengthen your child’s neck, back, and tummy. You can do this for 20 to 30 minutes a day when your child is 3 to 4 months old. Tummy time can include skin to skin and a conversation between you and your baby. This is something both parents can take part in.
You do not always have to leave the house to entertain a newbie. Take a stroll around your home! Look and talk about the pictures on the wall, walk to all the rooms in the home. You can even tell him or her how you haven't done laundry in a few days, or how the bed looks super good for a nap! They don't mind to listen ( for now that is!) they just love hearing your voice.
A house tour can also entertain your child and develop their sensory skills. Once they get a little bit older, you can show them all the light and fan switches in the house and show them how to turn them off and on when you walk in and out of rooms.
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