First Sensations

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Your newborn is developing all five senses rapidly in his or her first few weeks out of the womb. It’s easy to focus on the obvious senses like hearing and sight, but don’t forget to include touch along the way! Here are a few simple ways to engage your baby’s sense of touch.

During diaper changes, while the baby is calm, try stroking hands, feet, or tummy with different soft objects. Great items for this purpose include feathers and silk scarves.

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Veronika loved the silk against her cheek!

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You might also try swatches of other fabric like velvet if you have them.

Another fun one is to roll a small inflatable beach ball over baby’s tummy before you put the new diaper on (take care while doing this move if the umbilical stump hasn’t yet fallen off). Sure to elicit a giggle or two!

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Off the diaper table, you can also engage the sense of touch while nursing. Try just stroking along baby’s fingers and toes, or use a soft cotton ball. This move also helps draw awareness to baby’s hands and feet, so he or she can see where the body begins and ends.

 

Apple Nachos

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This sweet twist on classic tortilla nachos is sure to delight, and a great way to use up the last of your fall apple bounty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large apple
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons rice cereal
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
  1. Slice the apple and arrange on a platter
  2. Heat the peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, and drizzle over the apples.
  3. Sprinkle with the cereal, the coconut, and the mini chips.

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Feeding Time Activity Bag

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One of the biggest differences about bringing home baby number two is that you still have to (and want to!) entertain child number one… Who now demands your time and attention even doing the things that have to get done, like nursing, oh, twelve times a day. Cue this brilliant suggestion from Hands on As We Grow for a feeding time activity bag.

Okay, ours is actually a basket, not a bag, but the toys within are only for my preschooler to use when the baby is nursing, meaning they feel special and different.

Stock the basket with simple games that a child can do by him or herself – you don’t to have to get down there to open packages up!

To wit, we stocked ours with goodies like Button Art. Travis jumped at this activity, taking to it with alacrity, and so excited he didn’t want the nursing session to end.

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The next time his sister was hungry, he fell to the sticky foam. This stuff is ingenious (no mess!) and was soon making cakes and other concoctions.

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Later in the day, he couldn’t get enough of sponge animals (I did get these started for him, in cups of warm water), not only revealing the animals but using them in games all about the room.

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Other simple ideas for your kit? Think stickers books, paint-by-number, coloring books, or any other quiet activity your child would enjoy.

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Happy nursing!