Being a mom in Ottawa (or anywhere else really) I love playing games with my baby…even though he’s only one month old I want to try developing skills while we play. I love Baby Centre, and the UK Blog had a couple of ideas:
My midwife suggested this Pedal Pushing…encourages kicking, gets their legs ready for walking, helps them get all their energy out. It’s awesome because it develops their gross motor skills. Lay your baby on on the couch or on a blanket on the floor in front of you and give them a little workout: hold their ankles and “pedal” her legs around in circles like a bicycle. You can teach him or her the cancan: raise her knees up and give each leg a high-kick.Don’t forget about their arms: move them out to the sides, then raise them up above her head, stretch them down and across the body. I personally say to X: “Stretch down, stretch out, stretch across, stretch up- WooHoo! I WIN!” He LOVED IT- all smiles!
Next Try the Cajun Two-Step…it helps them develop a sense of rhythm, not to mention cheer up the grumpy grumps, give them a little fun and excitement while cuddling them and spending some one on one time. With X this became a nightly routine (sometimes several times a day) during the hard times. Lay your baby on their stomach across your arm, putting light pressure on their tummy with your hand (sometimes known as the “football hold”). Place your other hand on their back to hold her securely, and sashay away. Or if he or she prefers being upright, hold them in a seated position facing forward, with one hand under their bottom and the other on their tummy. Although X loves all music, and Latin and Reggae music was fun his absolute favourite is Katy Perry.