Baby activities

Keeping baby entertained with a variety of activities can be a challenge. Here are some articles with ideas for baby activities that are fun for you both.

How much is too much? How my family finally found balance with my daughter’s extracurricular activities

Too many extracurricular activities: Tips for how to find balance and figure out what’s best for your child

6 hilarious mom mealtime hacks

toddler and mom dancing

Not quite the foxtrot: Dancing games for toddlers

toddler on tricycle

Tricycle-riding hot spots for city-dwelling tots

mom and toddler cooking

Surviving cooking with kids

mom and toddler making cookies

Indoor activities for a snow day

mom and toddler singing

The benefits of singing with your toddler

toddler playing in puddles

Rainy day activities that won’t wreck your home

toddler on swing set

Getting a reluctant toddler to enjoy playing outside

toddler with headphones

Do they have to listen to kids’ music?

toddler inspecting nature while hiking

Hiking with your toddler

toddler playing with toy cars

Fun and games: City planning

toddler playing with blocks

Learning toys for your one-and-a-half year-old

mom kissing baby's feet

Fun and games: This little piggy gets creative

baby and dad playing drums

Your toddler the performer

toddler and mom with dogs

Your toddler and other people’s pets

toddler banging on pots and pans

5 simple household objects that double as toddler toys

baby with toys in bathtub

Fun and games: toys for bath time

mom taking selfie with baby

Thinking carefully about social media sharing

babies and bubbles

Fun and games: Blowing bubbles

baby clapping

Fun and games: patty cake and other clapping games

mom soothing baby

Why do babies like lullabies so much?

kids watching television

10 “old” TV shows to show your kids

women placing baby in rear-facing carseat

Rules for a long car ride with your baby

baby with book

Benefits of reading to your baby

A baby smiling on floor.

Why do babies need to stay active?

baby looking at mobile

Pros and cons of mobiles

baby playing with toy

Tips for playing safely with baby

A couple traveling with their newborn in a stroller.

8 must-packs for an outing with your newborn

A baby getting bath.

Washing your newborn with a sponge

Toddlers and gendered toys

Toddler-proofing your devices

Silly songs to sing with your toddler

Fun and games: Rolling a ball


What is a baby massage?

Activities for sick days with a toddler

Splish splash: outdoor water activities for toddlers in the summer

Fun and games: Day at the museum

Activities for mixed-age parties

Adult vacations that are great for kids

Dining out without the stress 

Party planning with a toddler: The survival guide

Birthday party etiquette

Playground safety rules for your toddler


Should babies take swimming lessons?


5 reasons to do a parent-baby music class

Hosting a stress-free party

Instant hit gifts for toddler birthday parties


6 tips for taking baby to a restaurant


9 tips for bringing baby on a plane

Surviving public transit with a baby on board

A newborn playing with toys.

When can I start introducing toys?

Comparing baby transport methods

Source: Melissa and Doug

Fun and games: Sorting by color

Fun and games: Sidewalk chalk

Fun games for your two-year-old

Does my toddler need more exercise?

Art supplies and your almost-three-year-old

Activities for your toddler’s third birthday

Outdoor safety for toddlers

Monitoring your toddler’s screentime

Tykes and trikes

Letting your toddler win

Enforcing screen time with toddlers

Storybook guidelines for almost-three-year-olds

Interpreting your toddler’s art

The importance of sensory play

A person holding their crying baby wondering how to get the baby to sleep through the night.

Tips to encourage uninterrupted sleep in your newborn

When can children start playing sports?

If toddlers watch TV…what should they watch?

Gifts you can make with your toddler

Teaching your toddler to play nicely with younger children

Teaching toddlers about animals’ feelings 

Keeping your toddler safe in your home without hovering

Ideas for fun outdoor play on a snowy day

Fun and games: Hide-and-seek by proxy

Reasonable screen time limits for a toddler

Great toys and games for your two-and-a-half-year-old

How board games can help promote learning

Turning “keep from spreading germs” into a game

The importance of playing with your toddler

Encouraging your toddler’s imagination: Beyond pretend play

Toddlers who love scary things

Quiet activities for toddlers

Fun and games: What’s wrong with this picture?

Fun and games: Jell-O archeology

Beach safety with a toddler

Activities for mixed-age groups of kids

Fun and games: Stamps

Fun and games: Baby’s first kite

Fun and games: Hopscotch

Fun and games: Puzzles

Active games for rainy days

Birthday gifts your 2-year-old will love

Crafts with toddlers

5 routines to work into your toddler’s week

Teaching your toddler to play nicely with other children

Games to tire out your toddler

Toys that are inappropriate for your toddler

Keeping your toddler engaged at storytime

Sick day activities for toddlers

Fun and games: Reading half books

Blanket forts 101

Help! My toddler is interested in violent toys and games

Sports skills and toddler development

In the kitchen with your toddler

Toddlers and sensory development

Classes for toddlers

Fun and games: Things to do with ice

Fun and games: Sorting

7 things to make with a cardboard box

Waiting room games with your toddler

A parent’s guide to making friends at the playground 

Finding the right toy for your tot

Fun and games: Rhyming

Turning plastic spoons into art

Bore your toddler to sleep: Last-resort bedtime reading

Encouraging your toddler’s interests

Fun and games: Shadow puppets

Beginning solo classes and activities 

Adding physical activity to a city-dwelling toddler’s life

Why are children’s stories so scary sometimes?

Media guidelines for your about-to-be-three-year-old

Figuring out your 3-year-old’s interests

Picking out activities for your three-year-old

How to turn “let’s stop the spread of germs” into a game

Safe ways to help your toddler enjoy nature

From abstract to surreal: A toddler art development timeline

Fun and games: Sing-alongs

Toys that are fun for more than one age-group

Great games to play with your crawler

Fun and games: Painting

Which toys to keep after your toddler grows out of them


Baby bike seats


Should I carry baby facing in or out?


Arts and crafts projects to do with your little one

Fun and games: Story time

4 bath time games for baby


6 silly ways to make a baby smile

Making picture books fun for your 6-month old

Adventures of the bouncing baby

Field trips you can take with your 6-month old


13 fun uses for your baby monitor

A person spending time outside with their baby.

Outside with the baby

Fun games to play with a 5-month-old

When can I carry baby in a back carrier?

Toddler dancing development

9 things every baby loves


Walkers, bouncers, and more

Fun and games: Michelangelo

Fun and games: Movie-making challenge

Fun and games: Dance-off

Fun and games: People-watching 

Fun and games: Dress-up challenge

Fun and games: Definitely not the tortoise

Tricycle vs. push-bike

Getting started with tummy time

First birthday party for twins and multiples

Two baby hands touching an outlet that's made safe by a cover. This is to represent baby proofing your house.

12 baby-proofing must-dos

A baby laying on their stomach in a crib.

Fun tummy time games

Helping your toddler get involved in the garden

Fun and games: Follow the yarn

Practical ways to practice fine motor skills

Fun and games: Stringing “beads”

Outdoor games for toddlers

The importance of getting messy

The effects of play on development

Encouraging a love of music in your toddler

Fun and games: Pasta necklace

Fun and games: Edible finger paint

Fun and games: Found art

Bathtime games for your toddler

Fun and games: Sticker collage

Making story time fun with your squirmy toddler

Dress up and your toddler

Fun and games: Modeling compounds

Fun and games: Imaginary play

Fun and games: Sensory bins

Fun and games: Playing in the sandbox

Fun and games: Playing with blocks

Fun and games: Playing instruments

The importance of active outdoor play

Toddler-friendly art projects 

Adding more active play to your toddler’s life

Toddlers and tablets

Toddlers and solo play

How much TV should a toddler watch?

Packing for an outing with your toddler

Learning through play at 1 year


How long should I use stroller?


5 things every parent knows all too well


Top tickle spots for babies


Silly songs your baby will love

A bag full of distractions

The importance of solo play

When do babies start interacting with books?

Our 4 favorite baby games

6 ways to keep baby still at changing time