Being a new mother is one of the greatest experiences in a woman’s life. It’s full of excitement, tenderness, and unforgettable moments. It’s something that alters your life in every way: you have to learn to do everything you used to, but with a baby.
One of the things new moms struggle with is when they have guests over and cannot properly entertain because of a fussy baby. It’s no easy task, but you learn it all as you go, and that by the time you have your next one, you’ll be a pro. To help you out, here are some ways you can entertain your baby while still managing to entertain your guests.
1. Make Some Music
Babies love all kinds of noises and are easily occupied by making some themselves. Simply filling some plastic Tupperware with raw rice or pasta, tightly securing the container, and giving it to your baby to shake and play with can keep him busy. You can also make a drum kit using some pots and pans and let him pound out some tunes with a wooden spoon. If that’s too noisy, you can always play his favorite music and watch him dance it out.
2. Interactive Toys
Interactive toys are a great way to entertain your baby for a solid 30 minutes while you’re also entertaining guests. These toys easily capture the baby’s attention, and the best thing is that toys can also be educational, keeping the baby’s mind engaged and promoting intellectual growth.
Whether building blocks, matching games, or a colorful puzzle, each of these toys can completely engross and entertain your baby. You can even build a mini play station within eyesight, supplied with a few interactive toys in case the baby gets bored with just one.
3. Baby Apps
Even though screen time is not recommended for babies, if it’s just for a short period of time, it’s fine. An iPad or smartphone packed with baby games might be one of the best ways to keep your child entertained for as long as you need. You can easily keep an eye on the baby as you enjoy your guests’ company in peace.
Some great, free baby apps are Link4Fun Animal Books, Baby’s Brilliant, and Baby’s Musical Hands. Just make sure to switch up the app every now and then so your baby stays entertained.
4. Baby Bouncers and Walkers
A Baby bouncer is a fabric harness that is suspended in the doorway. The baby sits inside and uses their legs to propel herself. These bouncers are very entertaining for babies and can keep them occupied for a long time.
There’s another variation recommended by the baby toy gurus at Mom Loves Best, who believe their alternative to be safer than a normal doorway bouncer. Many bouncers come in all kinds of colors with lights and toys attached. You can also put your baby in a trusty walker and put interesting toys on the tray.
Just as adults can spend hours on end browsing through various Youtube videos, babies can also be absorbed into videos online. That’s why Youtube is considered the holy grail for all the super busy moms out there. The best thing about Youtube for your baby is that you can use this screentime for educational and mind-engaging videos.
You could also simply pop over to the baby’s favorite cartoon and easily attend to your guests. Just make sure you’re using the Youtube Kids version to protect your baby from inappropriate content.
6. Engage Your Guests
Everyone loves playing with adorable babies, and babies usually love meeting new people. So if you find that nothing else is entertaining your child, take your baby to meet your guests and play with them.
You’d be building their social skills and giving your guests a live version of those cute baby videos. You can have your guests play a game of hide and seek with your baby, sing and dance with her, or read her a book. With all the excitement your baby might even exhaust herself, fall asleep, and give you room to spend some uninterrupted time with your guests.
There you have it; these are the best ways to keep your little one entertained as you have some me-time with your friends when they come over. It would also be a good idea to encourage independent play time instead of always finding ideas for entertainment.
The most important thing is to remember that it might not go perfectly and that your baby might make a fuss here and there, but as long as you’re armed with several distraction tactics, you’ll be able to handle it. Your guest will also understand if you have to excuse yourself every now and then to cater to your baby’s needs.
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