Baby Sensory Play
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Don't use DRY beans, rice & other choking hazards in your sensory bins with babies. These dry goods are great for older toddlers but pose a safety risk with babies. On my blog, I share 5 food-safe activities you can do with your baby to encourage them to explore their sense of smell, taste, hearing, touch & vision through sensory play! Go to: MsDawnSLP.com/Blog under the "Baby Sensory Play" category for more ideas. And go.msdawnslp.com/ChokingCourse to learn more about avoiding choking hazards.
Our Play Collection is for babies, toddlers + preschoolers. It consists of the Play Mat, which holds an 8½”x11” piece of paper & is perfect for coloring, painting + sensory food play! The smaller Mini Play Mat conveniently comes in a wet bag for traveling to a restaurant or grandma's house! And the Micro Mat is just the right size for dolls & stuffed animals that join your little one for a tea party. All of these @ezpzfun products help promote fine motor skills & play development! #MsDawnSLP
Child-choking incidents on inhaled balloons account for almost 29% of choking deaths. Although mortality rates are highest with babies, research shows that even children as old as 6 years (and even older) have died from choking on balloons. Yet balloons are at every child’s birthday party, sports event, or summer outing (water balloons). With all the balloons in your child’s life, what can you do to increase safety? Read my blog: “How to Decrease Infant Choking Risks on Non-Food Items.”
It's essential to incorporate sensory food play during tummy time. This helps to distract your baby, increase their tolerance, and expose them to foods they will eventually eat! Learning about a food's color, texture, and shape through sensory play is a great way to encourage your babe to be an adventurous eater! DIY Directions: Put 1/2 cup of frozen peas into a gallon-sized plastic bag. Fill bag a third of the way with water, remove air & zip it shut. Secure your sensory bag with duct tape.
Here's my sensory-art activity to teach baby to sit at the high chair a little longer. Just place a few globs of paint inside a bubble wrap “pocket” + tape it to your highchair tray or footrest to have #baby discover all the colors with their eyes, hands + feet. This is a fun sensory experience for your baby + it's a great language activity for learning the colors they will see at mealtime! You can also use purees instead of paint by adding a little food coloring to make the puree bright + fun!
Avoid dry beans, rice + other choking hazards when doing sensory food play with babies. Instead, try: Yogurt: add a drop of food coloring to expand their visual sense Jell-O: Dunk a toy into Jell-O to expand your baby's sense of touch by digging the toy out Hummus: Let baby slap the hummus with their hands + talk about wet sounds + their hearing sense Banana: Give baby a peeled banana to smell + eat. The fragrance encourages their senses of smell + taste. Learn more sensory ideas on my blog.
Are you a new mom wondering how to get EVERYTHING done for the holidays with your baby in tow? Make it stress-free by using the Lascal M1 carrier + wear your baby while you... 🎁 Wrap presents 🛍️ Go shopping 🎄Hang-up ornaments 🤶 Fill up stockings 🍸Or when you make yourself a much needed festive cocktail You may be taking care of your baby, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also take care of yourself this season! Enjoy multi-tasking with your M1 carrier!
I use the @BabyJackCo city + state sensory toys for daily tummy time activities. This provides baby with visual stimulation (with all the colors), tactile stimulation (with the textures of the sensory tags) + auditory stimulation (with the crinkle paper sound)! Talk to your baby during tummy time + teach them about popular landmarks. These recognizable buildings, monuments + animals will shape their childhood. Go see if your state or city made the cut! Use code: "MsDawn15" for 15% off!
I love the @QdosSafety StayPut® Outlet Plugs because this one plug covers BOTH outlets! And they have an extra tight fit and beveled edges that prevent small fingers from grasping and removing them. They can prevent electric shock and burns - because they prevent children from placing objects in it! They fit on all outlets, come in a 6 pack, and have a clean, white design that blends with the outlet cover to go unnoticed by children.
Materials: ▪️ Red🔴 & blue🔵 colored gelatin ▪️ Yogurt ▪️ Mini Mat ▪️ Mini Straw (Mini Cup + Straw Training System is the cup I designed!) I hope you have fun this holiday with your kids! Let me know if you try this sensory play activity! SAVE it for later (for another holiday, perhaps) and TAG a mama who could use an easy edible activity in their life! #MsDawnSLP
To dye coconut, you need the following: ▪️ Bag of flaked coconut ▪️ Zip-top bags ▪️ Gel food coloring (you can use regular food coloring too). ▪️ Cookie sheet DIRECTIONS 1️⃣ Add about 5 drops of gel food coloring into a zip-top bag 2️⃣ Add 1/3 cup of coconut 3️⃣ Add 1/4 tsp of water 4️⃣ Blend together with your hands (outside of the bag). 5️⃣ Place it onto a lined cookie sheet and let it dry for about 2 hours. 6️⃣ Add the coconut to your edible sensory bin.
Making sensory bottles for your baby or toddler doesn't have to be complicated... all you need to do is fill one halfway with ice and top with cold water, then fill the other with warm tap water. That's it! Well, make sure to tighten the lids. Lol! Did you know that "temperature" is one of my "4-T tips" to starting solids? Exposing baby to a variety of temperatures at an early age can help decrease picky eating tendencies.
I LOVE making sensory bins for babies & toddlers! DIRECTIONS Pour oatmeal into a tub and hide a toy or two in it. For babies, make sure half of the toy is visible so your babe can easily find it and pull it out. For toddlers, cover the entire toy and see if they can guess what the toy is by just feeling it. Have them try not to peek! You can find all of my favorite sensory toys and tools in my Amazon Store categorized by age groups. #SensoryPlay
Baby sensory play doesn't always have to include food, paint, or water. For example, if you have a 5-month-old, you can have them lie on your shins during play to help improve their head and neck strength gently. This is a fun activity to help get baby's head and neck ready for sitting in the high chair to eat. Head control is a major milestone, and by 6 months, most babies have gained enough strength in their neck and upper body to hold their head up to start solids safely.