Month 5: Top 10 Sensory Activities for your 5 month old

Month 5: Top 10 Sensory Activities for your 5 month old

Josh’s 5 month story:

The dew lifted from the track as the sun rays peeked over the Californian mountains. There was a buzz of energy in the air. I’m pretty sure I could smell rubber warming up before the big race. Such is the life of a race car driver.

Dad lowered me into a red Ferrari Enzo sporting purple tires and the famous NAS77Y license plate. This was the legendary plate dad always rumbled on about. The plate dad had on his sports car down under. I get to sport it now.

Ah! a rumble and a deep roar of V8 muscle I hear. The engine has started. It’s purring Iike a perfectly tuned musical instrument. My mind focuses, sharp and alert. This is it. It’s happening! I plant my foot down hard with a scream of ecstasy and then.. “Ma! What the?! This ain’t a real car!”..

Until next month… Lots of smiles, Josh

Josh in a car

What to expect from your 5 month old

By the 5th month your baby will be going through more transitions. Here are a few things that you may see your 5 month old do:

  • Your 5 month old may start sitting unsupported for a few seconds at a time.
  • They may be able to now roll in both directions.
  • Your baby’s fine motor skills are developing. Their grasp is getting stronger. They can pull objects closer and pick them up. They can move the objects from one hand to the other.
  • You may notice your baby start doing some rocking on their hands and knees. This is a very important skill that will help them get ready for crawling and scooting, even though this skill is still a few months away.
  •  Your baby is babbling away. They may even start making sounds like ‘ba-ba, ma-ma, da –da’. As exciting as it is unfortunately they still don’t understand their meaning. It may take a couple of months before they are directed at you.
  • Your baby’s vision is continuing to improve. They may start to move their eyes without turning their head. This is the beginning of visual tracking. Visual tracking involves the ability to follow moving objects with smooth, coordinated eye movements. This skill is important for future reading and writing skills.

Sensory activities for a Healthy Sensory Lifestyle

Whenever you want to have some fun with your baby, try the below activities. Through play your baby gets to experience different sensations, which help your baby’s development both mentally and physically.

Here are my top 10 sensory activities for the 5th month of your baby’s life. These activities have been tried and tested.

1. Treasure box surprise

Treasure box surprise

Skills Developed Targeted Senses
Hand development and eye hand coordination. Visual, tactile and proprioceptive senses.

How to play:

Gather random items from around the home to create a baby treasure box. Make sure that you choose objects appropriate and safe for your baby’s age.

They can explore the box’s contents while sitting in your lap. As you explore the treasures, make sure to talk to your baby about them. What is it? What does it do? Is it heavy/light? What color is it? Is it soft/hard/smooth/spikey?

Through playing and exploring a variety of objects, you help your baby’s hand development. As they play and interact with objects they practice many important skills. They learn how to grasp, hold, move and release an object. Through exploring objects of different shapes, sizes and weight, your baby is starting to strengthen all those important hand muscles. This play also activates both tactile and proprioceptive senses. Choosing how hard or how soft to grab something without squishing it is part of the proprioceptive sense. It is a skill that they take many more months to master, however the foundations can be built now.

Tip: Ensure you use age appropriate and safe toys and objects as most of them will end up in your baby’s mouth. Watch out for choking hazards.

2. Sensory bag fun

Sensory bag

Sensory bags are easy to make, and so fun!  Children of all ages can enjoy them and even young babies can have lots of fun exploring and learning.

Skills Developed Targeted Senses
Reaching, grasping and eye hand coordination. Visual and tactile senses.

How to play:

To get you started, you will need some ziplock bags, packing tape and any ingredients that you want to put inside. As a base you can use shampoo, conditioner, lotion, water or hair gel. You can add food coloring for variety. Then let your imagination run wild. You can add anything that you want. Glitter, water beads, flowers, shells, googly eyes, bugs, pom poms, squishy toys, beads and so on.

Once you have created your bag use the packing tape to tape all the corners to avoid any unnecessary mess.

Best way to explore is while your little one is enjoying some tummy time. They can also play with it while sitting in your lap.

Note: Make sure you supervise your little one at all times. Their fingernails or teeth could puncture the bag. Plastic can also pose a suffocation risk so make sure you supervise accordingly.

3. Floor play

Floor play at 5 months

Time spent playing on the floor gives your baby the opportunity to move around. Moving around helps to strengthen many important muscles around neck, shoulders and back. These are needed for rolling, crawling, sitting and walking.  It also helps to build their postural control and coordination that they need to move their bodies around in space.

They can lay around on their tummy or their back. You can spread a variety of toys around that they can explore. You can also help them practice their rolling skills. You can lay them on the carpet or a blanket. You can also provide them a variety of textures to grab and pull.

4. Fly away!

Flying high with daddy

As your baby explores floor play make sure you also get a chance to pick them up and make them move through the air.  Movement stimulates the development of the vestibular system. This system is responsible for the awareness of our body in space.

So hold your baby in your arms and explore different movements. Move them up and down, side to side, round and round. Bounce them and move slow and fast.

As you spin and move all around with your baby, make sure to stop and take a quick break every few minutes.  See how your baby is doing. The break will also let their body register the movements and ensure that they do not get over stimulated or tune out.

5. Little Piggy

Here is a fun way of incorporating the well known kids rhyme ‘This Little Piggy’.

Skills developed Targeted Senses
Body awareness (hands, fingers, feet and toes) Tactile and vestibular senses.

How to play:

Start with your baby’s toes. Have your baby lay on their back and hold up their legs so they can see their toes. As you hold and wiggle your baby’s big toe start saying the poem. Then continue with the second toe and so forth. Make sure you remember to tickle your baby at the end.

This little piggy went to the market (big toe),

This little piggy stayed home (second toe),

This little piggy had roast beef (third toe),

This little piggy had none (forth toe),

And this little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home (fifth toe and tickles).

Once your baby has had enough toe play you can repeat the same rhyme with the fingers on their hands.

 6. Ball pit fun

Ball pit fun

This is a great toy that can be used for many more months to come. If you decide to invest in purchasing balls for the ball pit, then there are a few different ways that you can play with them.

1.    Spread them out on the floor. Your baby can enjoy moving them around as he is laying on his tummy.

2.    Fill a baby swimming pool with the balls instead of the water. If you don’t have enough balls you can always use a laundry basket. Support your baby while they are sitting in it. This can bring on many giggles as they explore the balls.

Note: Make sure to ALWAYS supervise your baby while playing in the ball pit.

7. Eye spy

Skill development Targeted Senses
Visual tracking (Visual tracking involves the ability to follow moving objects with smooth, coordinated eye movements. This skill is important for future reading and writing skills) Visual and auditory senses

How to play:

Choose an object or a toy that will grab your baby’s attention. Something that makes noise when shaken is preferred. This can include a rattle or bells.

Lay your baby on their back. Hold the toy approximately 10 inches away from their eyes and shake it. Once your baby’s attention is on the toy move it to the right and then to the left. Move the toy slowly so it gives your baby enough time to follow the toy. Then return it back to the middle and repeat by moving the toy up and then down.

If your baby gets distracted bring the toy to the middle. Shake it and wait to grab their attention. The main goal of this activity is to practice your baby’s visual tracking skills. This means getting your baby’s eyes to move separately from their head. If you notice that your baby moves their whole head you can very gently support their head to prevent it from moving. If the gentle support is not enough then your baby is not ready for this activity yet. Take a break and try again in a few weeks.

After your baby practices following the toy, you can encourage them to grab it and explore and play with it.

8. Explore the outside

Time outside

You probably have noticed this activity coming up on regular basis. Spending time outside is essential for all ages. At 5 months your baby can also get many benefits from being outside. From going on a walk in a stroller your baby can now watch their surrounding. If the weather is warm enough you can lay them down on the grass and let them roll around and explore.

Depending where you live you can help those little hands and feet explore the sand, the water, or just simply dirt. Let them touch different flowers, trees, grab a leaf, some grass or some sticks. Just remember to supervise closely as they still don’t have much control and can poke themselves with that stick or put that leaf in their mouth.

It’s a great way to explore ALL their senses so get yourself ready and go explore the outside.

9. Music time

Babies love music. You can explore a variety of tunes with your 5 month old. Play all kinds of songs from classical to jazz to pop. You can move your baby around. You can help them clap or move their hands and feet in different directions. I’m sure you will see lots of smiling and maybe hear some babble.

Note: Don’t play music throughout the whole day. If you play music for an extended time your baby will start to block it out and get the idea that music is not important. Turn it on randomly for shorter periods throughout the day.

10. Tummy time

Tummy time at 5 months

Spending time on their tummy continues to be very beneficial. It helps your baby build coordination, strengthens your baby’s neck, shoulders, arms and trunk. These muscles help with motor skills such as rolling over, crawling, pulling self up and sitting up.

One play activity that encourages tummy time is by placing them tummy down on your chest. You can securely hold your baby under their arms. Then you can rock your body side to side to incorporate some fun movement (vestibular sense). Sing along to your baby to keep them entertained. Read more about Tummy Time  and how to incorporate it into play with your baby.

So there you have it – my top 10 Sensory Activities for your 5 month old that you can do today to help your child’s development.

These are just a few activities that are bound to spark other ideas. Just remember that every new sensory experience is helping your child’s growth and development.

Remember: Each baby develops at their own pace. If your child is not ready or not interested in this month’s activities, just try them again in a few weeks.

For feedback or further questions please leave a comment below.

~ Urszula

Disclaimer: The activities in this blog are intended for sensory play. They are not a replacement for treatment of children with Sensory Processing Disorder, are not medical advice and should not be used in place of the care of a medical doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. These activities should be facilitated and supervised by an adult. All activities are to be performed at your own risk and in no event shall Sensory Lifestyle be liable for any damages.

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Month 3: Top 10 Sensory Activities for your 3 month old

Month 3: Top 10 Sensory Activities for your 3 month old

Hello Everyone!! You guessed it. It’s me, Josh. I am so excited that I am now 3 months old. I have more time to play and hang out outside. I even started to go to yoga classes with mommy. She does all these weird things. She puts her legs up high in the air and then her hands stretch up high. It looks like they almost touch the ceiling. I get lifted and bounced around. It’s lots of fun! She also sings lots of songs and waves these scarves around my face. My favorite is when they are flying from up high and land on my face. It’s so fun! They tickle my face and when I open up my eyes I usually see her in different colors. Sometimes she is red, sometimes blue and other times green. Really depends on the color of the scarf.

Anyway I am off to another class with mommy.

See you next month…

Lots of smiles, Josh

I hope you enjoyed Josh’s 3rd month story. Look out for more stories in the coming monthly activities posts.

Josh at 3 months

What to expect from your 3 month old

Your 3 month old is growing and becoming more aware every day. Here are a few things that you may see your 3 month old do:

  • Your baby’s neck strength should be improving. By now when you hold them upright, you should see very little or no head wobbling.
  • Their upper body strength has improved. They should be able to lift their head and chest with their arms while laying on their stomach.
  • They are able to stretch their legs out and kick when laying on stomach or back.
  • They can push down with their legs when feet are placed on a firm surface.
  • Their hands can open and shut, come together and they can swipe at a dangling object.
  • They can briefly grab a toy or a rattle that may quickly land in their mouth.
  • Your baby’s hearing and vision continues to improve. They will turn their heads and smile at the sound of your voice.
  • They may start using hands and eyes in coordination.
  • Your baby may amaze you (and themselves) by rolling from their stomach to their back. Don’t stress if this hasn’t happened yet.
  • Your baby’s communication is changing. You may be hearing more cooing or making vowel sounds such as ‘oh’ or ‘ah’. Make sure you acknowledge these sounds. You can repeat them and then expand by telling them about what you are doing.

Sensory Activities for a Healthy Sensory Lifestyle

Hopefully you now have a bit more energy and both you and your little one have more of a daily routine. This can help greatly in regulating your little one.

Whenever you have the opportunity to play, try the below activities. Through play you can help your baby’s development both mentally and physically.

Here are my top 10 sensory activities for the 3rd month of your baby’s life. These activities have been tried and tested.

1. Tummy time

Tummy Time on the grass

This continues to be an essential sensory activity in your baby’s everyday routine. It helps to build coordination and strengthens your baby’s neck, shoulders, arms and trunk. These muscles also help with the motor skills such as rolling over, crawling, pulling self up and sitting up. Read more about Tummy Time with your baby.

2. Dance

That’s right! It’s time to get up, turn on your favorite tunes and dance away with your baby. The sillier you feel the more fun your baby is having. Not only is this activity lots of fun but it has many great benefits for your baby. As you hold them in your arms explore different movements. Move them up and down, side to side, round and round. Bounce them and move slow and fast. All this movement is stimulating the development of the vestibular system. This system is responsible for the awareness of our body in space.

You can dance in your living room, in front of the mirror or with other babies and their mamas. As you spin and move all around with your baby, make sure to stop and take a quick break every minute or so. This will let their body register the movements and ensure that they do not get over stimulated or tune out.

3. Baby moves

While doing yoga classes with my baby I had the opportunity to sing lots to him. I loved that these songs involved different hand motions. As you sing ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ or ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ you move their hands and legs. Move them to the middle of their body or pass their midline (the invisible line down the middle of their body). This will get you rewarded with lots of smiles. Additionally, it encourages the development of the fine motor and gross skills.

So lay your baby down on the floor, get down to their level. Pick your favorite tunes and start moving your baby. You can pick any of the children’s songs or something that you like to sing along to. Feel free to add some colorful scarves for some variation and color. You can sway the scarves from side to side, tickle your baby with them, or let them fall from above. Have fun singing!

4. Mirror mirror on the wall

Playing with a mirror

This can be fascinating and so much fun to watch. Just prop an unbreakable mirror in front of your baby and see them react. Your baby won’t realize that it’s actually their image until much later. However that doesn’t matter as you will be able to see lots of fun expressions on your baby. They will love to stare at their own reflection or anyone else’s really. They may even try to swipe the mirror or give you a big smile.

5. Peek-a-boo

This game starts to teach your baby about object permanence. Object permanence is understanding that objects or people still exist even when we can’t see them. Understanding this concept is an important cognitive milestone. To review the specific stages of object permanence, check out the Wikipedia page.

So how do we play? At this age the game is mainly one sided. Nonetheless still lots of fun. First, catch  your baby’s interest. Then, cover your eyes with your hands, then open them up and say ‘peek-a-boo’. Remember to sound excited and make it fun for them. Another idea is to hide your baby’s face behind a scarf and ask where they are. Then pull it away and say ‘here you are!’ or ‘peek-a-boo’.

6. Grasp and Hold

Your little one should be able to grasp an object for a short period of time. So go ahead and encourage their eye hand coordination skills. Hold out different toys or objects and see if they will reach for them. Try to give them things that can be easily grasped. Don’t be surprised if the object quickly moves to their mouth. If it’s safe, allow them to explore it.

7. Let’s get rolling

Rolling over

Have you noticed your baby trying to roll from their stomach to their back? Try the following activity to support this skill.

While your baby is on their tummy sit in front of them with their favorite toy or rattle. Once you get their interest slowly move in the direction of the roll. You can gently support them at their shoulders and guide them through the motion. Move slowly and be gentle during this activity.

Get excited once they are on their back. Give them a break and try again later.

8. Seated Disco Dancer

This activity can help improve your baby’s head control.

Your position: Lay down on your back with your knees bent and feet towards your hips.

Baby’s position: Sit your baby on your tummy facing you. Rest their back against your thighs.

How to play: This activity is similar to the ‘Baby moves’ activity in this post. Main difference is your and your baby’s positions.

While your baby sits on your tummy hold their hands. Sing along to nursery rhymes while moving their hands. You can sing ‘The wheels on the bus’, ‘Patty cake’ and so on.

Make sure you watch for fatigue but otherwise have fun!

9. Ball fun

Josh on a ball

This is so much fun! For this activity it’s best to have a large exercise ball.  This activity provides lots of movement which stimulates the development of the vestibular system. This system is responsible for the awareness of our body in space.

As an OT I love this piece of equipment. As your baby grows, a variety of activities can be done on it.  At this age you can use it three ways.

1. Bouncing: Sit on the ball with your baby secured in your lap. Ensure that your feet are flat on the floor. You don’t want to be rolling away anywhere.

As you hold your baby you can bounce up and down. To make it more fun you can bounce in front of the mirror. Also add some music to it. You can sing your baby’s favorite songs or try the following song:

‘And we bounce and we bounce and stop!’

‘And we bounce and we bounce and stop!’

and so on…

You can use any tune that you like.

Also make sure when you stop, you don’t move for at least few seconds. This will allow your baby register the movement.

2. Swaying: This is done in the same manner as the bouncing activity. Feet flat on the floor. Baby secure in your lap. Sing along as you sway with your baby side to side. You can use the following song:

‘And we sway and we sway and stop!’

‘And we sway and we sway and stop!’

and so on …

You can alternate between bouncing and swaying.

Also make sure to stop frequently. This will allow your baby to register the movement and not get over stimulated.

3. Flying time: This is a lot of fun, but also a great activity to practice tummy time. Place your baby’s tummy over the ball, facing away from you. Hold your baby at the hips for stability and gently roll the ball back and forward, making sure he/she doesn’t slide off.

10. Out and about

Josh outdoors

Going outside for walks is great and very beneficial for you and your baby. To shake things up a bit, you can also get them to a park and lay them down on the blanket. You can lay them down on their tummy or their back. While laying on the tummy they can feel the grass with their hands and be entertained by you. While they lay on their back you can talk to them about the trees, the birds, the sky and the sun. Maybe about curious animals such as dogs or squirrels that creep towards you as they want to get a closer look at your baby. What a great way to explore your senses, bond with your baby and work at building language foundations.

There you have it. My top 10 Sensory Activities for your 3 month old. Many exciting activities you can do today to help your child develop better.

These are just a few activities that are bound to spark other ideas. Just remember that every new sensory experience is helping your child’s growth and development.

Remember: each baby develops at their own pace. If your child is not ready or not interested in this month’s activities, just try them again in a few weeks.

For feedback or further questions please leave a comment below.

~ Urszula

Disclaimer: The activities in this blog are intended for sensory play. They are not a replacement for treatment of children with Sensory Processing Disorder, are not medical advice and should not be used in place of the care of a medical doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. These activities should be facilitated and supervised by an adult. All activities are to be performed at your own risk and in no event shall Sensory Lifestyle be liable for any damages.

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Month 2: Top 10 Sensory Activities for your 2 month old

Month 2: Top 10 Sensory Activities for your 2 month old

Hello Everyone!! It’s Josh again. I am now 2 months old. I think I am slowly starting to get used to this new world. Everyday I am learning something new. I started to make bubbles with my mouth. So fun! It tickles my lips but I like it.

I love watching and listening to my parents. Daddy keeps making all these funny faces at me and mommy sings me the best songs!!! Last week I decided to do something new with my face. I saw my parents do it over and over so I thought I would give it a try. I stretched and stretched my mouth and voila… I smiled. If I knew earlier how excited my mommy would get I would have tried it weeks earlier.

Time to go to sleep again.

Until next month…

Lots of smiles, Josh

I hope you enjoyed Josh’s 2nd month story. I send those monthly updates to our family in Australia. Look out for more stories in the monthly activities posts.

What to expect from your 2 month old

So it’s 2 months now. Time is flying fast. Here are a few things that you might see your 2 month old do:

  • They still love to sleep. At this age babies sleep 15-16 hours a day.
  • Your baby can hold their head a little steadier.  Make sure you continue with Newborn tummy time to keep making your little bub stronger.
  • Many of the reflexes are still around, such as the sucking reflex. Sucking is also one of the best ways your baby can comfort themselves.
  • You may start to see your baby try to bat objects that you place in front of them.
  • Their vision is still developing and they can see objects up to 18 inches away.
  • They begin to follow things with their eyes.
  • Your baby loves listening to you talk or sing so keep on talking to them.
  • Their crying might include more grunts, gurgling or coos.
  • They can turn their head towards sounds.
  • You may be lucky to get a smile.

Baby smiling

Sensory Play for a Healthy Sensory Lifestyle

By now you have started to figure out your baby’s personality. You may know some of their likes, dislikes and understand their different cries. You may still not be getting enough sleep and walk around the house like a zombie. Just remember… this too will pass!

Whenever you and your baby are awake take the opportunity to play. Through play you can help your baby’s development both mentally and physically.

Here are my top 10 sensory activities for the 2nd month of your baby’s life. These activities have been tried and tested.

1. Tummy Time

Tummy time with a puppet

Yes… I am putting in this activity again. It continues to be an essential sensory activity in your baby’s everyday routine. It helps to build coordination and strengthens your baby’s neck, shoulders, arms and trunk. These muscles also help with the motor skills such as rolling over, crawling, pulling self up and sitting up. Read more about Tummy Time with your baby.

2. Talking to your baby

Any type of talking or singing will be beneficial. While your baby hears you talking he will start to lay down foundations for language development. It doesn’t matter what you say just as long as you talk to them. You can narrate your day, read them books or sing. Anything will do.

For more detail, here are a 2 recommended sites worth looking over:

3. Reading

It’s never too early to start reading to your baby. As babies love hearing their parents’ voices make sure both parents take turns reading. Reading has many benefits, so it’s great to get into a habit of reading every day.

Benefits

  • Promote listening skills
  • Increase language development
  • Assist in the development of attention span and memory
  • Promote bonding between you and your baby
  • Instill the love of reading

Tips for parents

  • Read to your baby in a quiet place
  • You don’t have to read all the words in the book
  • You can describe what you see on each page
  • Have fun when reading. Use exaggerated faces, animated voices and just be silly, this will help your baby’s attention
  • Use a variety of books: board books, lift a flap, or textured books.

For more information about benefits and principles on reading to your baby check out www.readtoyourbaby.com

4. Magic of Human Touch

magic of touch

This is an easy sensory activity that has amazing benefits for you and your young baby.

How to do it?

  • Skin to skin contact
  • Cuddle time
  • Rocking your baby
  • Massaging your baby

Why do it?

Some of the benefits include:

  • Building a bond between you and your baby
  • Boost healthy psychological and physical development
  • Improved sleep
  • Massage helps babies manage their stress
  • Massage improves autonomic functions such as heart rate and temperature
  • Massage can also help with pain relief.

For more information on the effects of touch I recommend you read:

5. Floor time play

Give your baby the opportunity to move around. Try to avoid placing your baby for extended time in car seats, rockers or swings. Get them down onto the floor either on their tummy or on their back. Even though they don’t do much independent movement at this age, being on the ground has many benefits. While on the ground they are starting to strengthen important muscles. These muscles are needed for rolling, crawling, sitting and then walking.

6. Moving with your baby

So you have been getting your baby on the floor to work on those important muscles. While off the floor however, take the opportunity to move them in many different directions. Movement helps with development of the vestibular system. A system responsible for the awareness of our body in space.

So how can you move?

You can put on your favorite music and have a dance with your baby. Or what my husband used to do is play an airplane game. It included some smooth flying through the air with an addition of some turbulence. This can be done in many different ways. You can rock or lift your baby (up, down, side to side, round and round). You can move your baby fast and slow. Make sure you stop every minute or so. This will let the body register the movements and make sure your baby is not over stimulated.

7. Exploring through touch

Josh playing in fabric

 

The development of the tactile system is important. A baby learns about their body and their environment though the sense of touch. Remember that this is not only about touching through the use of hands. It includes their whole body. So whenever the temperature allows strip your baby down to a nappy and let their whole body explore the variety of textures. This helps in the development of many skills including gross and fine motor skills.

Here are some ideas:

  • Lay your baby on a variety of textured fabrics or blankets. It can include sheep skin, silk, cotton etc. Always supervise and ensure that your baby can breathe at all times.
  • Place a variety of textured materials or toys in your baby’s hands. Examples can include different fabrics, rattles, textured rings, sponges. There are so many toys these days that can be smooth, bumpy, spikey, hard or squishy.
  • Move different textured materials over their body (arms, feet, face, belly and back). Again it can include different fabrics or toys. My son Josh loved when I tickled him with a feather.
  • Bath time! Water covers their whole body and it is yet another sensation. You may even use different textured towels each time to add some variety.

8. Let your fingers do the walking

At this age your baby can’t see far but there are many things that they enjoy looking at. Faces are of course one of their favorites. Another favorite is looking at moving fingers. I had so much fun with this!

What to do

You can let your imagination run wild. The main purpose is for your little one to watch your fingers dance. You can put some music on and move your fingers to the rhythm. Up, down, side to side, fast or slow. Anything goes.

You can get some finger puppets and do a simple puppet show. Get the puppets to go up, down, side to side.

Remember: Keep your hands no more then 18 inches away from their face.

How to position your baby

  • Lying on their tummy
  • Lying on their back
  • Reclined while sitting on your tummy:
    • You: Lie on your back with a pillow behind your back for support. Slide your feet toward your hips so that your calves are near the back of your thighs.
    • Baby: Sit your baby on your tummy facing you so that his back is resting against your thighs.

9. Lets look at things

Josh on play gym

At 2 months your baby can see up to 18 inches away from his face. At this age your baby can also fixate on an object and follow it for a short time. You can promote this skill through play. You can hold a toy or any object that you notice he finds interesting, in front of his face. Move it in different directions. Add some fun to it by singing, talking or making funny sound effects. Mobiles and Play Gyms are also fun. Get down with your baby inside the play gym and have some fun with all the dangling toys.

10. Swatting game

As you are dangling toys above your little one’s head you may notice that your baby will start swatting objects. This is an important skill that helps with hand-eye coordination. You can use your play gym or different rattles or toys. Things that make noise or are fun and shiny. Follow your baby’s lead in what motivates them to get swatting. Watch for that excitement when they get to hit the object.

Remember: Each baby develops at their own pace. If your child is not ready or not interested in these 2 month activities, just try them again in a few weeks.

Summary

There you have it. My top 10 Sensory Activities for your 2 month old. Many exciting activities you can do today to help your child develop better. Recapping those 10 sensory activities, they are:

1. Tummy Time
2. Talking to your baby
3. Reading
4. Magic of Human Touch
5. Floor time play
6. Moving with your baby
7. Exploring through touch
8. Let your fingers do the walking
9. Lets look at things
10. Swatting game

These are just a few activities that are bound to spark other ideas. Just remember that every new sensory experience is helping your child’s growth and development.

For feedback or further questions please leave a comment below.

~ Urszula

Disclaimer: The activities in this blog are intended for sensory play. They are not a replacement for treatment of children with Sensory Processing Disorder, are not medical advice and should not be used in place of the care of a medical doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. These activities should be facilitated and supervised by an adult. All activities are to be performed at your own risk and in no event shall Sensory Lifestyle be liable for any damages.

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Top 10 sensory activities for your newborn

Top 10 sensory activities for your newborn

Hello world! My name is Josh or at least I believe that’s what it is as my mom and dad keep calling me that. I was a little stressed when I got my eviction notice. It was a friendly notice that it’s time to meet mom and dad face to face. I must say, the nice cozy and warm bubble I called home for 9 months was getting cramped.

So this month has been an eye opener. Everything is so bright and loud. My eyes have a mind of their own as they keep darting in different directions. Living here is a little tough. All I want to do is to cuddle with mom and dad. Things still don’t always go my way… the other day I accidentally peed in my mouth. Yuk! I really don’t know what that thing is doing!

I enjoy when mom and dad take me outside for a walk. I obviously hang there strapped to dad’s hairy chest. When inside I hang out in my zoo (play mat) and occasionally dad takes me flying … ohh and let’s not forget tummy time. Oh yeah! It’s not always fun as my head doesn’t follow my directions . Maybe when I get stronger it will be under my full command.

Ok… off to sleep I go. Talk to you next month.

Lots of smiles, Josh

I hope you enjoyed Josh’s 1st month story. I send monthly updates to our family in Australia. Stories like that include photos.

Your newborn

As a new parent, the 1st month can become a bit of a haze. Taking on the role of a parent takes time. Here are a few things that your newborn will be doing in their 1st month:

  • Sleep, sleep and more sleep. Newborns can sleep up to 15 or 16 hours a day.
  • Your newborn is born with many survival reflexes. As they mature, these newborn reflexes are replaced with more purposeful ones. Examples of few survival reflexes include:
    • a suck-swallow reflex that helps him feed,
    • a palmar grasp which allows your child to squeeze your finger that you place in his palm. Newborn Palmar reflex
  • They have weak neck strength and they can’t support their head while upright.
  • Your newborn can see up to 8 to 12 inches away and loves to look at human faces.
  • They also like to look at high contrast objects.
  • Your newborn is able to recognize familiar voices.
  • They cry to communicate. Take a look at The Happiest Baby on the Block to learn how to deal with this form of communication.

Sensory Lifestyle Play Activities

The never-ending cycle of feeding, changing diapers and sleep can get exhausting pretty fast. But when your child is available for activities don’t skip on it. Make the most of this time. You will help to ensure a heathy development both mentally and physically.

Here are top 10 activities for the 1st month of your baby’s life. These activities have been tried and tested.

1. Tummy time

Josh doing his daily Tummy time activity

Josh doing his daily Tummy time activity

This is an important activity for your baby. It helps to build coordination and strengthens your baby’s neck, shoulders, arms and trunk. These muscles help with the motor skills such as rolling over, crawling, pulling self up and sitting up. Read more about Tummy Time with your newborn.

2. Face to face time

Face to face time

Josh and I Face to face time

Research has identified that infants have shown preference for looking at human faces. They enjoy looking at open eyes and smiling faces. So take that time to look at your baby, smile at your baby. Make funny faces and noises. Be creative and follow your little ones cues to what they enjoy.

3. Cuddle time

Cuddle time with Josh as he sleeps

Cuddle time with Josh as he sleeps

I love my cuddle time with my son. You can cuddle with your newborn and watch that beautiful bond grow between the two of you. There are many benefits to holding and cuddling with your baby. It helps to boost healthy psychological and physical development. Babies who get frequent cuddling tend to sleep better, manage stress more easily and have better autonomic functions such as heart rate and temperature. Make sure that your partner gets on the cuddling action to also help them develop a bond.

For more information on cuddle time I recommend you read The Effect of Human Contact on Newborn Babies.

4. Singing to your newborn

Everything goes here. Whether these include nursery rhymes or songs that you make up on the go. Whether you include them while you are cuddling, walking, changing their diaper or giving them a bath. Singing can be used to sooth, entertain and create that special bond.

5. Talking to your newborn

Daddy talking with Josh

Daddy talking with Josh

This lays down the foundations for language development. It doesn’t matter what you say just that you talk to them in a clear and concise manner. What to say?

  • You can narrate your cooking process in the kitchen, or
  • Describe all that is around you when you take them for a walk.

Feel free to also use the high pitch voice which newborns are drawn to. Just make sure you don’t mispronounce words to avoid any speech difficulties in the future. For more information, here are few websites worth looking over:

6. Massage

This is such an amazing activity that has a wide range of benefits. The latest research shows that infant massage helps with the parent-baby bond development. Just like adults, it also helps them get more relaxed and sleep better. Massaging stimulates the development of their main systems. Those include the nervous system, circulatory system, respiratory system, elimination system and immune system. It also helps with pain relief. Here is a video that lists the Benefits of Infant Massage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=104&v=RkIalx53qVM

When my son was born I completed a massage class to learn how to massage him properly. But, with YouTube, you can find plenty of resources with tips on how to do this. You don’t need to attend a class. It’s not that hard.

7. Lay him on his back

Laying on the back

Laying on the back

So I wrote a lot about tummy time before, but playing with your baby while they are on their back is also important. Newborns have no concept of what their arms and legs are. By laying him down on his back he will have the opportunity to explore his hands and feet. This helps with eye hand and eye foot coordination. You can encourage his interest by playing games with his arms and feet.

For example:

  • playing ‘this little piggy’ and counting his toes.
  • For hands you can sing a finger song such as ‘Tommy Thumb’ and massage each finger as you sing.

Basically any game or song that includes moving his arms and legs will suffice.

8. Movement

Give your newborn opportunity to be moved in different directions. This can be done in many different ways. You can rock or lift your baby (up, down, side to side, round and round). You can:

  • move your baby fast and slow. Make sure you stop every minute or so to let his body register the movements.
  • Also make sure your baby is not over stimulated.
  • You can carry your baby in a sling or a baby carrier (ensure you use appropriate head support). Movement helps with the development of their vestibular system, which is responsible for the awareness of our body in space.

9. Bicycle ride

This activity involves placing your newborn on his back and moving your baby’s legs in a bicycle motion. It helps to ease any gas from the tummy and tone their muscles to prepare for crawling and walking.

10. Going for a walk outside

This is a great activity that has many benefits for you and your baby. Both of you will get the much needed Vitamin D. You get exercise. Your baby will get an opportunity to stimulate their other senses by seeing, hearing and feeling the wind on their face.

I really hope that you find these activities useful. Have fun and enjoy building their foundations.

Remember: Each baby develops at their own pace. If your child is not ready or not interested in these months’ activities, just try them again in a few weeks.

Disclaimer: The activities in this blog are intended for sensory play. They are not a replacement for treatment of children with Sensory Processing Disorder, are not medical advice and should not be used in place of the care of a medical doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. These activities should be facilitated and supervised by an adult. All activities are to be performed at your own risk and in no event shall Sensory Lifestyle be liable for any damages.

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