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5 Wholesome experiences to have with your baby before before their first birthday

5 Wholesome experiences to have with your baby before before their first birthday
Welcome to the wonderful world of parenting, where every little milestone with your baby feels like a triumph. Your baby's first year is a whirlwind of adorable moments as well as those sleepless nights, and countless nappy changes.
But, in the midst of it all, it's important to soak in the joy and make some lasting memories. In this easy guide, we'll explore the top 5 low key but feel good experiences you can have with your little one before they hit the big one. 

1) A baby massage class

Before your little one figures out how to crawl in the opposite direction to you, immerse yourselves in a serene baby massage class. As you gently massage your baby's soft, little limbs, you'll discover the art of bonding through touch. Soothing strokes and calming guidance from an experienced instructor is sure to make a memorable moment with your baby. One to store a mental picture of as you immerse yourself in this relaxing and quiet time together.
young baby enjoying a massage

2) A day at the beach

The weather windows here in the UK for this might be tricky so this could be one for a holiday but who says beach days are just for sunbathing adults? Grab the baby sunscreen, a cute swimsuit, a hat and some shade and hit the sandy shores for a memorable beach day with your little one. Notice all that is feeding your senses as it will be feeding your baby's too! The warm sun on your faces, the gentle waves tickling toes, the sensation of sand between little fingers. It's not about building elaborate sandcastles (though that's always fun), but rather about introducing your baby to a plethora of sensory stimulation all in one place.
baby in cute swim suit and bathing hat sitting on the sand at the beach with sea behind

3) DIY Baby Art

Ok so this could get a bit messy but it's so worth it! Unleash your baby's inner artist with a DIY baby art session. Lay out a cloth, strip down your little one to a nappy, and provide them with non-toxic, washable paints. Let them explore the vibrant world of colours and the texture of the paint by using their hands and feet as paintbrushes. You might end up with a finger-painting masterpiece, or your baby might just find joy in creating a Jackson Pollock-inspired abstract piece. The key here is not the final product but the laughter, mess, and the bonding experience you share with your mini artist. Don't forget to capture a few photos as the carnage unfolds!
close up of baby in a nappy with paint on their hands making art

4) A day at the farm

A lot of cities in the UK have city farms (Like here in Bristol we have Windmill Hill Farm, Lawrence Western Community Farm and St Werbergs Farm all within easy reach of anywhere in the city!) So why not treat your baby to a day out and an animal adventure at a friendly farm. Encourage gentle interactions – maybe a soft pat on a lamb's woolly back or the tickle of a pony's nose. This experience not only introduces your baby to the animal kingdom but also provides a sensory-rich environment that stimulates their curiosity. Some farms even have baby and toddler sessions where you can feed the animals and get really up close together.
close up of two lambs in a field looking at the camera

5) A mini nature expedition

Change up your baby's sensory journey by taking them on a mini adventure through a local woodland. While your little one may not be up for a hike just yet, the gentle rustling of leaves, the scent of pine, and the touch of soft moss can be a magical experience. Pack a baby carrier so you can cope with the terrain, a cozy blanket for if you want to sit for a while and soak up the sounds, smells and sights of the woods. It's not just about the scenery; it's about creating a positive association with nature and instilling a love for the great outdoors.
baby in bobble hat sat on woodland floor in sunlight

Memories not things

As your baby's first year can feel like it is zooming by in a blur of nappies, giggles, and milestones. It can be hard to stop and make a plan to experience something new together, and remember pretty much everything is new to a baby in their first year!
We hope these five ideas for experiences promise to add a splash of extra joy and wonder to your journey. Embrace the mess, savour the sweet moments, and don't forget to capture those adorable memories – because, before you know it, your little one will be turning one, and with it a new stage of exploration as they start to move independently and explore the world on their own two feet.
Parenthood is an adventure, and with these experiences, you're well on your way to creating a tapestry of memories that will last a lifetime . Happy parenting!
father holding giggling baby on a beach

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