Celebrate Love: Top 5 Fun-Filled Activities to Enjoy with Your Little One
You're first Valentine's Day as a parent is always a shock - graduating from romantic candle-lit dinners, bubble baths and romance to entertaining an infant is certainly a different experience.
Embracing this new way of celebrating love by involving your child is sure to create lasting memories for them. It's the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your partner and share the love and joy of the holiday with your little ones. In this blog post, we will share our top 5 creative and fun ideas for you and your family to make this Valentine's Day, one to remember.
Go for a hike or bushwalk
Spending time in nature can be beneficial for both you and your child. Fresh air, vitamin D and quality time is essential for the development of parent and child alike. Take advantage of the beautiful February weather by walking a local trail or hiking path with your little one. Take the time to point out birds, flowers and other interesting things you come across, to help keep your child engaged. Our CONNECT Plus Baby Carrier was designed for our diverse climate here in Australia. It provides three layers including breathable mesh, a thermal layer and a windbreaker to adapt to the weather, wherever you are.
Your baby will love the airflow, additional bonding time with you, and the new sights and sounds you'll get to explore together.
Explore the beach
If you live near the beach, spend some time playing with your little one in the sand. Sand play is a great way to help your child develop motor skills, such as building hand-eye coordination and strengthening their muscles. It also encourages the proprioceptive sense (Sense of body relative to space), making it a fun experience to bury their feet and watch them wiggle their toes under the sand. If you plan on bringing your METRO⁵ along, make sure to protect your child from the harsh summer sun as you travel.
Our UPF50+ Zip-on Sun & Sleep Shade is the perfect add-on for a day full of fun in the sun.
Visit a farm or orchard
Plan to visit a farm or orchard with your family, and enjoy the experience of choosing, picking and eating fruit, or visit a petting zoo so your little one can enjoy being around the animals. For you and your partner, you can enjoy a beautiful weekend away in the country side, enjoying fresh produce and quality time.
For country-side visits, our NUVO pram has large wheels, and great suspension to give your baby a smooth journey in all terrains. Pack all your daytime essentials easily in NUVO's 12kg capacity basket, and protect your baby from the elements with the extra large, UPF50+ extension canopy. For a more compact, single pram option, JIVE⁵ boasts the same incredible suspension and large UPF50+ canopy on a smaller, more compact frame.
Get creative indoors
As an indoor option, if your little one is old enough consider baking heart-shaped cookies or cupcakes and decorating them together. Let your child smell and touch ingredients and allow them to play with safe and non-destructible kitchen utensils for added fun. Your child will love helping you in the kitchen and will be excited to enjoy the treats they helped create. Once meal time over; you can remove the tray of your HILO² High Chair and place it in the dishwasher for quick, easy cleanup.
If you don't have a sweet tooth you can pop baby into your HILO² High Chair to get creative and make a Valentine's Day card for a loved one. We recommend adding the Silicone Tray insert to the food tray to provide additional grip for pens and other items you'd like to use. The added layer also helps to protect your tray from any marks or scratches.
Turn on some music and dance!
Baby Carriers are one of the most versatile baby essentials when it comes to outdoor walks with your little, as well as traveling to locations with limitations on bringing your pram along. However, baby carriers can also be used for fun activities in the comfort of your own home. Using a hip-friendly carrier like the CONNECT Plus provides an excellent base for baby dancing without compromising their hip health. You can include dance into your Valentine's Day and select your favourite love songs to dance to. Your baby will love being rocked to the music, and will enjoy getting to spend this time with you. By moving your child's arms and legs around for them, this can also promote healthy co-ordination development.
No matter how you spend the Day, focus on the love and joy that Valentine's Day brings. Happy Valentine's Day!