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July 12th, 2011

Five Fun Things to Do With Your Baby this Summer

Summer is heating up, and July is already half over! Don’t miss your chance to have serious fun in the sun with your little munchkin. Some popular summer activities are better suited to older children, but there are plenty of things you can do with your baby that both of you will enjoy.

Take a hike. Sometimes all you need is to simply get out in the sunshine. Pack your baby in a carrier, sling or stroller and enjoy the great outdoors together. If you’re worried about sunburn or overheating, take your walk early in the day. You will enjoy getting your blood moving and your baby will love the sights, sounds and smells of summer.

Get in the water. Your little one won’t be swimming laps or taking leaps off the diving board anytime soon, but most public swimming pools have a place for parents to play with their kids. Lather on the sunscreen and spend a summer afternoon splashing around. You’ll both love it.

Create some art. Drawing with sidewalk chalk is a cheap, fun way to spend hot summer days. Leave messages for family members, draw pictures of your favorite things or just scribble on the ground. You won’t have to worry about your baby staying in the lines and she will love learning to use her hands to create something.

Go to a petting zoo. Your growing child loves seeing new things and having new experiences, and petting zoos provide both. Take your little one for a ride to see your local animal neighbors. Help your baby pet the tame animals and let him watch you feed them. These new things will take the humdrum out of summer days at home.

Listen to music. Even though your baby might not have much past musical experience to draw from, she will still love to listen to your favorite tunes. Sing along to the music and dance with your baby. This will be a welcome break from your day and will teach your baby basic music and rhythm skills.

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