A Month later and I’ve been trying more of Baby Centre‘s baby activities. I really liked the roll-over plan. Although he’s no where near ready to roll over, it does seem to be helping him gain control over the way he moves. I do it usually on the floor on a blanket or on our bed. I keep it warm in the room, and keep him in a diaper or onesie and sox (because his feet get cold). Start off by laying your baby on his/her stomach or back, and let them roll herself over. I usually stretch his leg over each side to teach him. Then roll your baby over again yourself, so they are back in the same position. Continue in one direction until they reach the edge of the blanket – to give them a sense of getting somewhere – then lift her back to the middle again. Keep doing this as long as your baby enjoys it. Babies delight in new perspectives, X loves lying on his back and looking up at the lights (or the trees, leaves clouds when the weather permits) so I’ll lie down next to him and watch together- describing everything helping him develop language.
The other activity I liked was “Up, up and Away” which I to this day remember playing with my daddy. This game helps your baby develop gross motor skills, while playing a game that involves “flying” through the air. You can guide them through new manoeuvres (and give yourself a workout) with this dynamic ground-crew exercise. You start by sitting up with your knees bent, positioning your baby with their tummy against your shins. Then, holding them steady, lie back on the floor, simultaneously raising your legs slightly into the air. Your shins, with your baby lying comfortably on them, should be parallel to the floor. If you can spare the breath, say, “Aeroplane up, up, and away” as your little one rises into the air. Depending on your level of fitness, you can zoom him or her around by moving your legs forward and back and side to side before bringing him in for a soft landing.