Posts Tagged ‘mobile baby’

Summer Fun with a Mobile Baby

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

IMG_1653-2It’s summer. Parks. Splash Pads. Vacations. But what do you do with a baby who is mobile, ready to explore, and doesn’t like to sit still?  You can still have tons of fun with your baby in the summertime, even though they have reached the mobile stage. My son Levi is super mobile. At 10 months, he crawls, cruises, scoots, and pulls up on everything. Here are some great ways to enjoy the summer with your little one.

Take the Toys Outside:

Babies love to play, and mommies need the fresh air. It sounds simple, but even just taking your toys outside can be fun for you and baby. Take a picnic blanket and allow baby to explore whatever toys you choose. I have done this several times with a ring stacker, blocks, and soft toys for Levi. Most of the time, babies will stay on the blanket. You can allow baby to explore the grass some, too. Many moms invest in play yards that you can take outside to further contain your baby while allowing for some fun. If all else fails, break out the stroller and let baby sit in it and play or snack while you enjoy some vitamin D or play time with an older sibling.

Go for a Stroll:

My son Levi may be mobile, but he still loves for me to buckle him in and go for a wagon ride. He loves to see other children playing, hear the birds chirp, and look at the fish in the pond.  He is very curious, so he doesn’t tolerate a long walk right now, but we do go for short walks several times a week.

Splash Pads:

Even a mobile baby can enjoy a trip to the local pool or splash pad.  Levi will start to crawl away from me some at the splash pad but he still wants mommy right there. Remember if you take a mobile baby to a pool, be prepared. Try baby wearing or bring in a small stroller so you have something to help you carry baby and all of your things. I love my Tula and sit n stand stroller by Babytrend.  These things help me tote both of my small little ones around town on hot summer days.

Get Creative:

Bubbles and finger paints are popular toys at my house. My son loves to sit and catch bubbles. He could do this for hours. We also like to try and make those cute crafts you see on Pinterest, although this doesn’t always turn out. Do whatever is fun and creative for your family, everyone has their own interests.

Visit Your Animal Friends:

We recently went to the children’s zoo with Levi for the first time. He loved seeing the cows, goats, monkeys, and kitties. He also was a big fan of the train. Little ones can’t always handle long trips, but you can enjoy a few hours at a local zoo with a mobile baby. We often visit Pet Smart and other local pet stores to go see the animals. Consider taking your little one to your local humane society to visit the lonely animals, as well. Babies love animals, and it will do your heart good to see their expressions of delight.

There are lots of fun things you can do to have fun with a mobile baby. Get ready for walking momma, it’s coming. Life will keep getting more interesting, but if you keep your baby safe and are prepared, you can still have lots of summer fun.

Karyn Meyerhoff is the mom of one active toddler and one very mobile baby. She lives and writes in Northeast Indiana.

Keeping a Mobile Baby Clean

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Keeping a mobile baby cleanMy baby boy just started moving, and with his newfound mobility has come a whole other issue: cleanliness. He seems to be rapidly getting into everything, wanting to touch, explore and see what his world is about. But as he begins to explore, I’m finding new ways to keep him clean in his environment.

One of my favorites tricks for cleanliness is keeping a damp washcloth in a ziplock to give them a good wipe down after a play. Those nooks and crannies, between the fingers and toes, wrist and leg folds, neck and belly roll are the easiest places to miss trapped debris–and the first places to begin to smell or get chaffed. A quick wipe down with a damp cloth is beneficial for most babies.

A big blanket that is solely theirs to play on is very helpful. I try to leave my baby on his blanket and out of the dirt, grime and various other things his brothers like to get into. It also gives baby a bit of borders and starts setting limits as to what they can do.

When in doubt, what about baby wearing? I find my little guy loves to hang out and explore our day-to-day activities from my back. He stays nice and clean, safe and has a clear vantage point to survey the scene.

keeping a mobile baby clean

Items such as baby powder for removing sand, baby wipes for quick stickiness, tissues and washcloths help tremendously in keeping these mobile babies safe. I like to keep these in a tote in my car to help for quick clean ups and messes.

Just remember, as important as it is to keep them clean, it’s equally important to let them explore and have fun. Let them down to mess in the dirt, mud, sand and water!!  Dirty is good once in a while, and baby can always have fun getting clean!

Pia Watzig is a stay-at-home mom to three crazy boys. She lives in gorgeous Portland, Oregon. 

Working From Home With a Mobile Baby

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Working from Home with a Mobile BabyAs I type this blog post, my 16-month-old is in my lap nursing; not the easiest way to work, but I can get the job done. I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my babies in addition to having a full time job. I would not change my situation for the world, but it can be challenging at times.

Here are a few tips for working at home with a mobile baby:

  • Take advantage of naps. This would be my number one tip. I can get so much done during nap time. I make sure I do everything I can do to prep my work area while the babies are awake so that I can go straight to work once I put them down.
  • Have office-only toys for baby to play with. This is a no brainer, but I always have a few toys ready for my babies to play with in my office while I am working. They can entertain themselves while seeing me and I can get work done. I love that I can interact with them while working. You can keep these toys separate from their regular toys, or rotate them out so whatever is in the office is always new and exciting.
  • Nurse your baby. I have gotten pretty adept at typing with one hand while nursing. If my baby is fussy and I must get some work done I will nurse. I also nurse to keep my baby quiet while I am on conference calls just in case I need to un-mute my phone and speak.
  • Have snacks ready to go. I prepare bite-sized fruit ahead of time to give my babies for their morning and afternoon snacks. I move the high chair into my office, and they get to snack while I am working. This way I do not have to take a break to get them snacks.
  • Be flexible. I think this is a must for all moms. You never know what your baby will do or need; sometimes I have to work in the afternoons or weekends when my husband is home in order to get the job done. Thankfully, my employer understands my need to be flexible and we have both benefited from me working from home.

How do you get work done with kids at home? What is your secret?

Kristen Beggs works from home while keeping up with a three-year-old and a sixteen-month old.