A Typical Day For Your Newborn

An hour-by-hour guide to making the day more fun for both of you, including the best times for naps, meals, walks, and more.

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7 A.M. Tummy Time

Alexandra Grablewski

Your baby's slept on his back all night, so 15 minutes after breakfast, flip him over on a blanket to play for a little while. He'll gain neck strength, and getting used to being on his tummy will help him learn to crawl.

02 of 08

9 A.M. Stay Close

stay close
Stephen Israel

Take him along in a front carrier while you pick up around the house or talk on the phone. The constant motion and change in scenery will entertain him, but talk to him as much as possible too.

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10 A.M. Take a Walk

talk a walk
Stephen Israel

It's a good time to get some fresh air and exercise. Strap him into his stroller at a 45-degree angle, and describe the trees, clouds, and cars you pass along the way. If he's ready for a nap, recline the seat fully.

04 of 08

12 P.M. Table for One

table for one
Stephen Israel

Seat your baby in a high chair, and give him an easy-to-clean board book to look at while you make lunch or wash the dishes.

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1 P.M. Let's Explore

let's explore
Stephen Israel

Seat your baby in an activity center for up to 30 minutes to encourage leg movement and curious play. Toys that have different textures and sounds will help him begin to understand cause and effect too.

06 of 08

2 P.M. Naptime

Stephen Israel

Lay your baby down in his crib when he's drowsy but awake. If you hear him begin to stir, don't rush in. Give him time to settle back down on his own -- or to entertain himself for a little while once he's really awake.

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4 P.M. Solo Play

solo play
Stephen Israel

Put on gentle music while he spends some time in a play yard with a few of his favorite toys. Learning to amuse himself is a crucial skill -- and when you know he's safe, you can quickly get dinner organized.

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7 P.M. Wind Down

wind down
Stephen Israel

Put your baby on an activity mat to take advantage of that last burst of energy before his bedtime routine. Place him facedown for some more tummy time, or lay him on his back so he can reach for hanging toys.

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the March 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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