If you have a baby or toddler you most likely have heard of the idea of wake windows. When your baby is young they’re fairly simple and short. Your baby will eat, have some wake time, and then go back to sleep in about a half an hour to an hour span of time. Once your baby gets a bit older and is starting to move from the eat, wake, sleep routine and to longer wake windows and it can be an exciting time, but sometimes it’s hard to know how to entertain them! I have compiled a few ideas for the longer wake windows that have been helpful with my first son and with my youngest (who is currently 5 months old).
- Tummy Time. My youngest has always enjoyed tummy time, but my oldest disliked it until his wake windows were a bit longer. I love to set them up with fun tummy time toys, in front of a sensory book, or screen time if you are using it.
- Get Outside. This is a wonderful time for a family walk, outside play sensory time, or bring some of their favorite toys and play!
- Leave the House. Lately I have been making it a point to get out of the house, it’s a bit more work during the winter months but I find myself easily staying home for a full week if I don’t plan something to do. This can be going to a local library for baby time, going through a drive through, going over to a friends for a play date, or simply taking a drive! This is great for you and your baby.
- Music. Both of my sons love music. Having intentional music time can be great for you and your baby. Whether it’s singing and dancing around while you’re baby wearing or using musical toys their longer wake window is a perfect time to jam out!
- Eat Something. If your baby is starting with solids (or already eating solids) this is a wonderful time to practice those motor skills. Use this time to have a meal with your baby, practice with utensils, and practice using different types of cups.
I would love to hear more about what you love to do with your baby and toddler during their wake windows!