Fall is here, and it’s a great time to go out and enjoy all the season has to offer with your baby. There are so many fun things you can do with your little one, from apple picking, to going to pumpkin patches, to introducing them to new foods and seasonal produce.
Here are some of the best fall activities for babies.
Apple picking can be a fun event for the entire family, and what’s better than heading home with some fresh apples straight from the orchard?
If you’re considering apple picking as a fun fall activity with your little one, be sure to research orchards ahead of time. Not only can you get an idea of what sort of apple crops will be onsite if you have a preference, but you can also probably get a better idea of the terrain and how much walking will be involved so you know whether to break out the stroller or carry your baby on you.
Apple orchards tend to be busier on the weekends, so if you’d rather take your child when it’s less crowded, keep that in mind, too. Seasonally, the earlier in the fall you go apple-picking, the greater selection of apples to choose from, but keep in mind, crops are ready at different points in the season.
At the apple orchard, there are a number of fun ways to keep your baby entertained. Depending on their age, this could involve teaching them new words for the different types of apples, explaining how apples get into the grocery store, or simply letting them marvel at the trees and fruits.
Plan a Fall Photoshoot With Your Family
Fall makes for a beautifully colorful time of year to get your family together in one place for a photoshoot! Make sure you have a great photographer who you feel comfortable with, ideally who specializes in family portraits and working with babies. Be sure to do some window shopping online and view photographers’ portfolios before committing to a particular one, especially if you have a certain shooting or editing style you have in mind for your finished result.
Introduce Your Baby to New Foods With Seasonal Produce
If your baby is old enough (typically around 6 months), fall is a great time to introduce them to a variety of new seasonal foods like various apples, pumpkins, and squash in to their diet. Which new food you want them to try first is up to you, however vegetables are usually a good starter point as they’re lower in sugar, or vice versa; maybe you’d like them to enjoy sweet-tasting foods first instead to get them interested in new solid foods.
The CDC recommends letting your child try one single ingredient food at a time to start in order to prevent potential food allergy issues. After introducing a new food, you’ll want to wait 3 to 5 days before introducing another.
Try Some Sensory Play With Pumpkins
When you play with your baby, you can teach them about the world around them through sensory play, and pumpkins offer quite a few ways to help your baby explore their senses.
Here are a few ideas:
Washing the pumpkin with soap and water
Hollowing out the pumpkin’s inner seeds and slime
- Create plastic baggies full of the pumpkin gunk for your baby to feel around the outside of if you don’t want to deal with the mess!
Don’t Forget to Bring Along Shoespender This Fall!
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