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How to Make Baby Smile

Out of creative ideas for play? Try these ideas to keep baby smiling.
Mom looks at toddler, toothy smile Rainy-Day Fun

Before I had my daughter, Sasha, I'd always assumed that entertaining a young child was a no-brainer. After all, this is the age group known for its love of crumpled paper and empty boxes.

But as the mother of a 1-year-old, I've learned that while babies may not be picky about their playthings, they have the attention span of your average housefly. They get bored and cranky fast, and if you don't have a few tricks up your sleeve, you'll never make it out of the supermarket or get through a rainy day with your sanity intact.

The following ideas will keep baby occupied in any circumstance. And you won't need to go broke in a toy store.