I’m a college nursing student nannying for the first time and am looking for activity ideas for 8-12 month old babies. A lot of the posts I see online are for toddlers or older and need ideas of activities to do with the baby I will be nannying this summer. I want to give her the best experiences possible and thought moms would know best!
Any ideas a greatly appreciated. Also, feel free to include if there was something your nanny did for you or your child that really made the nanny experience great for you!
Thank you so much for your input!
nectarine / 2433 posts
My kid loved water at that age and that's about it. Hoses, baths, sinks, etc They really don't have a lot of motor skills for anything else but that will increase so much after 12m!
Check it Busytoddler on Insta, she has some great ideas this many are for older kids like you were saying.
nectarine / 2047 posts
@candokiddo on Instagram has tons of activities for babies!
persimmon / 1271 posts
Art!!! Handprint & foot print creatures....
grapefruit / 4291 posts
Lots of outside time so s/he can develop imagination
nectarine / 2964 posts
If the family has museum subscriptions/membership, and are comfortable for you to take their baby out, you can definitely take him out to places like aquarium, zoo, children's museum...etc.
There are also mommy/me gym classes. A local gym in my area offered free gym classes for caregiver + baby every week for until age 1. Look around and there could be things like that in your area.
Then also see if you can take the baby out to a park. DS loved the swings back then.
Back then at that age it was a lot of practicing on standing up, pretend walking with you holding his hands. Pretend running across the room holding his hands above his head. Walking with him holding onto his stroller (when you push behind him) Do a lot of that.
kiwi / 662 posts
You could check out the Loveverybaby kits. They're done per age group and specifically designed to stimulate at that age. Even if you don't want to buy the kit, you could use it to get ideas and put together your own based on it. https://loveverybaby.com/products/the-play-kits