Jessica Wong (R), three-years-old, and her two-year-old sister, Leilani (C), play on the "Make Way For Ducklings" statues in the Public Gardens May 16, 2002 in Boston, MA. The girls were at the park to watch the annual swan release of Romeo and Juliet. The swans are reintroduced to the pond every spring. (Photo by Douglas McFadd/Getty Images)

What’s on your Boston Baby Bucket List? Do you have one? Now that I have a newborn baby in the house, I have definitely started one. So my niece, her boyfriend, and I all live together and our world revolves about baby Zola who at this point isn’t even a week old. But that’s definitely not going to stop me from figuring out all the incredible experiences I want to have with her. There’s so much to do in Boston, and so many places that I personally love that I can’t wait to share with her. So get your Boston Baby and get out there!

What’s A Boston Baby Bucket List?

Not sure if it’s a thing, but I’m making it one. I would say it’s anything you want to experience with the little one in your life to show them around Boston. Where are the places that you love to visit? What’s “uniquely Boston” to you that you want to share with them? Maybe you have some special memories of Boston as a child yourself. Whatever those experiences are and where they originate from, are places and experiences you should put on your Boston Baby Bucket List.

Best Types Of Activities To Do With Babies

Babies pretty much stick to sleeping, eating, and pooping. And for some new parents, like my niece, may be wondering, “what do I do with her while she’s awake?” It may seem like a silly question, but it’s definitely different than say, going on a bike ride. But there are some specific activities that you can do with them, that will help with their development. Baby brains are growing at a very fast rate, and from birth to 5-years-old, baby brains develop more than any other time in their lives. Here are some things you can do, recommended by Parents.

Let Them Listen To Your Voice

“Sing, talk, and read aloud to your baby using exaggerated tones of voice. Watch your baby’s facial expressions and see how they react to different pitches. Research shows that the way parents tend to speak to their newborns—with a higher pitch, slower speed, and exaggerated pronunciation—is both most compelling to infants and helps them understand what they’re saying.”

Dance With Them

Put on your favorite music and dance it out with baby! Research shows that newborns respond favorably to a regular, rhythmic beat. Since I’m in my BTS era, I have a whole playlist ready to go for me and Baby Zola.

Give Them A Baby Massage

We all love a good massage, and babies do too. Yes it makes them feel great, and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, touch is very important for baby’s health and emotional development. It can help them with sleep, encourage flexibility in arms and legs, and reduce levels of stress hormones. I don’t know about you, but thinking of a baby being stressed out, makes me sad. So baby massage it is!

Play With A Mirror

First, Parents recommends you find a baby-safe mirror. One that’s shatterproof acrylic and doesn’t have any sharp edges. Hold the mirror in front of them while lying on their back. You can also use a mirror for tummy time when they’re ready and have neck control. Mirror play helps with self-awareness, learning to identify familiar faces, track movements, and help with language skills. So pick up a baby-safe mirror!

Totally Boston Baby Things-To-Do

Living in, or living close to Boston, gives us some great opportunities to do some memorable activities with our tiny humans. Here are some great Boston Baby things to do.

  • Walk The Loop Around Castle Island

    It’ll be a while before I can take my little Zola for a hot dog or lobster roll, but there’s definitely more to do in the area. It’s definitely one of my favorite places to go for a walk. The big loop around (I start at Sullivan’s) is about 1.8 miles long. And along the way you have great water views, there’s a great playground, and lots of places to stop and just look around. There’s something about being around the water that is so peaceful and calming. I’m sure it has the same effect on babies.

  • Have Storytime In The Courtyard Of The Boston Public Library

    I absolutely love the Boston Public Library. There lots of different areas to hang out, study, read, and relax in. There’s also the outdoor courtyard area which is like a peaceful oasis in the city. I’ve sat out there many times, and would love to hang out with the baby in the fresh air and read her a story.

  • Dress Up And Walk In The Make Way For Ducklings Parade

    This is one of the cutest and sweetest events in Boston. It’s Duckling Day, and is one of the most uniquely Boston events ever. This year, Duckling Day will take place on Sunday, May 12th and is a celebration of the classic children’s book Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. The day is a family-friendly celebration on the Boston Common with activity booths, lawn games, music and more. Kids dress up like ducklings and the event ends with a parade retracing Mrs. Mallard’s steps to the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Public Garden. My little Zola is a little too “fresh out the womb” to go this year, but believe me, next year, we’re there!  You can register HERE.

  • Visit Baby Scape At The Boston Children's Museum

    Boston Children's Museum | Playspace

    Unique in size, scope, and vision, the new has been shaped by 40 years of experience and child development expertise. It is an on-going experiment in play and exploration. The visionary new PlaySpace allows young children birth to 3 years, together with their parents and caregivers, the time and space to engage in experiences designed to support children in developing and practicing essential cognitive, physical, social, and emotional skills.

    As much as I love kids. As many kids as I have in my life. I have never been to the Boston Children’s. I know, I’m ashamed myself. That’s definitely going to change. And from my little research, I won’t have to wait too long because they have a space for the little ones from birth to 3-years-old. PlaySpace allows those children with their parents and caregivers, “the time and space to engage in experiences designed to support children in developing and practicing essential cognitive, physical, social, and emotional skills.”

  • Visit The Newly Renovated Coolidge Corner Theater For Box Office Babies

    Box Office Babies

    New parents and their infants are invited to join us at the Coolidge for these special bi-weekly, baby-friendly screenings of our current features on the big screen.

    Love going to the movies and don’t want to give that up now that you have a baby? You don’t have to. The Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline has a program called Box Office Babies. The screenings take place with the lights up slightly so you can walk around with the baby if you need to. The volume is also lowered slightly as well. There’s also stroller parking and Koala changing tables.

    Box Office Babies screenings take place every other Friday at 10:30am. Admission is $13.25 for parents; babies under 12 months of age are admitted free of charge. Adults without children are charged normal matinee price.

  • Head Downtown To The Boston Common Frog Pond

    Is there anything more Boston than the Boston Common? It’s definitely up there with so many different things to do. I’m so looking forward to taking my little Zola to the splash pad, for a ride on the carousel, for skating, and just a walk around. Check out the website for info on the splash pad, carousel, free summer yoga, and more.

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