• Heather Pawelkiewicz

"Fall" into Some Fun Activities with Your Little One

Baby with pumpkin
This sweet baby is engaged in conversation with the friendly Jack-O-Lantern.

Trick-or-Treat, isn’t it neat, watching our children develop is sweet!

Happy fall! What a fun season, filled with an enormous amount of change. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler, and the students are back in school. You are probably noticing some changes in your baby as well.

There is a significant amount of growth that occurs in that first year of life. Not only is your baby growing in length and weight, but their skill sets are also growing…by leaps and bounds. One day your baby is perfectly happy sitting on the floor playing with her toys, and the next day she is crawling, and now you have to baby proof the house in record speed. Or at 10 months, your baby is pointing at a desired object and 1-2 months later, he is verbally asking for the object by name. The first few years of your child’s life present many important changes. This is also the time where you can make the biggest impact.

During this beautiful fall season, we challenge you to turn off the televisions, tablets, and phones. Engage with your baby and watch as they master those developmental milestones. Don’t know where to start? Not to worry, the Our First Year Team has some suggestions:

· Take your baby for a walk and narrate what you are seeing, how the wind feels on your face, the smell of the trees and leaves, the sounds of the birds chirping and children playing

· Spread out a blanket in the grass and allow your baby the freedom to explore her environment

· Set up a floor mirror and watch as baby “talks” to his reflection

· Let your baby feel the grass on her feet and have her crunch the leaves in her hands

· Carve a pumpkin with your baby and let him feel the squishy pulp in between his fingers

· Introduce your baby to some new fall foods: pumpkin, squash, apple (don’t be discouraged if they are not immediate fans, it can sometimes take over a dozen trials of a new food before you get baby’s approval)

For more information regarding child development and ideas on how to engage your baby, check out the many other Our First Year blog posts. Information brought to you by licensed (and practicing) speech-language pathologist, physical therapist, and occupational therapist.

Playtime with a purpose…it’s all in the bag!

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