The first year is such an exciting time for you and your baby. You are getting to know them and by the end of that first year, you will have an idea of the kind of person they may grow up to be. One of the best ways to bond and connect with them is to spend time doing simple activities with them.

Images of mothers with babies from Birth to celebrating their first birthday

From when they are a newborn through to a one-year-old you can help them navigate the strange world and help them develop through fun activities to do with your baby. Below you will find simple, fun, easy to do activities for each month and some extra ideas that you and your baby can do together.

Activities to do with Babies

We’ve broken the activities down into months, so things to do with your newborn through to activities for 1-year-olds. However, it’s important to remember that babies develop at different rates and what maybe an average 6-month-old development may actually be what your baby is doing at 7-months-old or 5! So have a look and explore the activity ideas for the months around your babies age as well.

If you are concerned with your babies development then please seek medical advice – we are not medical professionals and can not comment on how your baby is doing. These are just fun activities that you can do with them at home that will help support their development within the first year.

Baby Activities for the First 6 Months

newborn baby
3 month old baby
1 month old baby
4 month old baby
2 month old baby
5 month old baby

Click on the images or the links below to be taken to our activity ideas for each of the months for your babies first 6 months of life.

mother with newborn

Although you will spend much of the first month with your baby cuddling, recovering and sleeping we have some very easy newborn activities that will help you bond and connect with your little one.

1 month old baby on a fluffy blanket

Although it’s highly unlikely that your little bundle will be sleeping through the night they as they move from 1-month-old to 2-month-old they are def more awake and starting to notice what is going on around them. Our Activities to do with your 1-month-old baby develop on those that we suggested for newborns and are great for simple ideas to do with them in the times that they are awake.

mum and 2 month old baby

Your 2-month-old baby is so much more awake than ever before and you will be able to start to see the personality come through. You may discover things that they don’t like – the door banging or the vacuum cleaner or their favourite songs as they smile and let you know. These simple activities for 2-month-olds are fun and easy to do together.

3  month old baby girl

With a stronger neck and better eyesight, 3-months to 4-months see’s a growth in development. Smiles and sounds. You and your little one are a quarter of the way through their first year and time is flying. Although sleepless nights will probably still feature for a long time yet there are so many more ideas and things you can do with your 3-months-old.

4 month old under a green towel

At 4-months-old your little one probably has a personality, it’s time to increase that tummy time and spend time sitting with them on the floor supporting them. At 4-months-old my babies wanted to jump and bounce around. These activities to do with your 4-month-olds will give your arms a rest from that bouncing and give you some ideas of ways to spend time with them having fun.

5 month old surrounded by blocks

With just 1 month to do until you can celebrate your little one’s half-year birthday, it’s amazing how time has flown. Although this mum understands that each day is very long and the nights even more so when you look back it seems to have happened in a blink of an eye. So before things get messy or messier check out these activities for your 5-month-old baby and you to do together.

Simple and fun activities to do with babies from birth to 6 months

Your Babies next 6-months from 6-months to 1 year old

Wow, time certainly flies when you have a baby and the next 6-months is where your little baby turns into a toddler. Things are going to get messier, noisier and you will probably be chasing after them before they become a year. Click on each of the images or the links below to be taken to the month that your baby is at to find fun activities to do together that month.

6 month old
9 month old
7 month old
10 month old
8 month old
11 month old

Click on the images or the links below to be taken to our activity ideas for each of the months for your babies first 6 months of life

mother and 6 month old baby playing on a textured carpet

If you follow the guidelines then at the six-month mark it’s time to introduce food and this makes it EXTRA FUN! Sensory play, which now involves taste as well is great for helping your baby to develop and grow. At 6-months-old every meal is a sensory experience and fun. But the food isn’t the only thing to do this month. Check out these fun Activities for 6-month-old babies and have fun bonding and connecting with your little one.

Baby at 7-months-old playing peek a boo with a towel

At 7 months I had one baby that was starting to stand on their own and cruising around the furniture. The other sat in the room and didn’t move happily playing with toys! They are all different as their development focuses on one area or another. Check out our activities for 7-month-old babies and have fun together.

8 month old and mum playing with puppets

At 8 months your babies personality will be coming out fully. You may have one that never stops or one that is content to rest and relax. In our activities for 8-months-old, we have lots of suggestions of fun that you can have especially when they start to crawl.

9-month-old baby girl cruising around the furniture at home

At 9-months-old you are now at the point where you’re probably chasing around a little one crawling, cruising and possibly starting to walk. Check out our activities for 9-months-old for lots of suggestions of ideas to keep these busy babies smiling and giggling.

10 Month old baby girl reading a board book with a big teddy bear

10-months and time to start planning that first birthday celebration as well as enjoy the time. You’ve likely got a baby on the move and into everything. They will be mimicing what you do and having fun with you. Check out our ideas for Activities to do with your 10-month-old for ideas to keep them entertained and out of mischief.

toddler walking to parents

Only 1 more month before you officially have a toddler instead of a baby. Although I am sure you are getting more sleep the sleepless nights in our experience have a few more months before they start to ease a little. Your 11-months-old are probably chatterboxes, into everything and no doubt have their favourite things. If you are looking for more ideas check out these other ideas for Activities to do with your 11-month-old babies.

Fun things to do now your baby is 1 year old

It’s officially you have a 1-year-old, a toddler, no longer a newborn and with their own personality. If you have 2 children you will have seen how different they are.

Although we have some ideas for what to do with your 12-month-old don’t forget to check out our early toddler ideas for playing, creating, learning and having fun with simple ideas to do at home.

18 month old playing

Celebrate the First Year

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babies first easter

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Your 1-Year-Old

Well, it’s official you have survived the first year. I’ve said it before I will say it again but the days were long but looking back I bet you blinked and suddenly you have a 1-year-old. There is a little person and the fun is just starting.

1 year old birthday celebrations
Baby girl celebrating first birthday with family By Evgeniy pavlovski via Shutterstock

We loved the next couple of years when we go from a baby through to a toddler!

Discover some of our Favourite Activities for 18 months and younger as these are fantastic to do with your 1-year-old in the next 6 months.

1 year old birthday party
Baby Boy Turning 1 with his mum By El Nariz via Shutterstock
Fun things and simple ideas for activities for newborn through to 12-month-olds arranged month by month during the first year.

Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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