Good-bye summer and hello fall! As the weather cools down, so do the outdoor activities and this can pose a challenge for many mommas with little ones. Swim suits turn to sweaters, and popsicles to pumpkin pie. We watch the leaves season as green turns yellow and red, bringing a new beauty to the scenery. As a new momma, this season might try to call you to isolation indoors, but there are still many ways to get the needed fresh air with your baby!
Unpredictable weather can be combated with flexibility. Us mamas understand how schedules can change in an instant and things get moved around in our days and weeks often. Kids change things. So, use those new practical skills to create a “bag of activities.” This imaginary bag can simply be a list of activities in your pantry that will give you ideas of what to do when you need to get out of the house this fall. Here are my favorite fall activities—wet days and dry days.
1. Visit your local library. Usually once a week most libraries offer baby, toddler, and kid time. They read stories to the kids and sing songs. Ours even does a puppet show. After story time, pick out a book or two to read to your baby throughout the week. The other parents will be happy to socialize with you too!
- Baby crafts. Create festive fall cards for all the grandparents, and one for yourself. Remember those turkey hands we did as kids? They are even more adorable when you use a baby hand. Tiny hands eventually grow, but the hand prints on these cards will forever remain small.
- Sensory play. Get ready to have just as much fun as your baby. Buy a big bag of beans, rice, and/or noodles then dump them into one big bin or 3 separate bins. Help your baby feel the different textures with their hands and feet. Tip: You can also color dye the different foods if you want a mix of colors. As you know, mama’s supervision at all times is important when your baby is around small objects.
- Head to the pumpkin patch. It might surprise you how much fun you can have with a baby at the pumpkin patch. Grab an apple cider doughnut and a hot cup of coco, before making your way through the corn maze. Remember your baby carrier, because strollers are practically impossible to push around the pumpkin patch. Hundreds of pumpkins also make the best photo backdrop for your little pumpkin.
- Take a nature walk. Bundle up for the chilly weather and drive to your closest nature walk. Soak in the fresh air, especially if you happen to live somewhere quite rainy. Contrasted colors will mesmerize your little one as their eyes explore nature. Help them feel the texture of a crunchy red leaf in their fingers.
Rain or shine, fall fun is awaiting you! Strap your baby in their stroller whenever you catch a break in the rain for some fresh air. Try to plan your indoor activities on days that are forecast for rain, this way you won’t be inside when the weather is calling you outside!