Use this guide to plan your perfect fall with your baby.  Full of baby sensory activities for fall including fall crafts, autumn books and seasonal food favorites. 

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Why Fall is a Great Time of Year for Babies

Gone are the days where you have to worry about heat and too much sun exposure – enter cool weather, crisp air and new experiences for you little one.

1.  Sensory Opportunities Everywhere

Leaves, pumpkins, pine cones and apples are all wonderful opportunities to expose your baby to new textures, tastes and smell.  Below is a collection of baby sensory activities to try this autumn. 

Baby Pumpkin Carving Sensory Activity

Baby Pumpkin Carving Sensory Activity

Let your baby help you while carving a pumpkin. Place a towel or sheet on the floor underneath your pumpkin (top removed). Let your baby sit next to the pumpkin, give them a spoon and bowl or let dig with their hands.

Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute

Instructions

      1. This is a clothes off activity - they will get messy, probably try to eat some pumpkin (no harm - just watch the seeds) and will throw the pumpkin guts around
      2. Set your baby up on the floor (keep close by to keep them safe). If its warm enough you can head outside.
      3. Give them a big spoon and bowl
      4. Have the bath ready and don't expect them to scoop out the whole pumpkin - the younger the baby the shorter the activity

      If your little one isn’t quite ready to help carve the pumpkin (can’t scoop, sit on their own, etc) then create a pumpkin “guts” sensory bag for them.

      Our friend over at Messy Little Monster will tell you how.

Baby Fall Scents Sensory Activity

Baby Fall Scents Sensory Activity

One of baby’s most advanced senses at birth is their sense of smell (they learn their mama’s smell very quickly and that’s why you can calm them down with a shirt that mom wore).

Keep encouraging their development with a fall smells sensory game.

Instructions

Place you baby on your lap (lay them across your lap if they don’t have head control yet) then gently wave fragrant items past their little nose while you tell them what their smelling.

Ideas:

Sliced apple

Cinnamon stick

Slice of orange

A bag of leaves 

Pumpkin pie spice

Baby Tummy Time Fall Activity

Baby Tummy Time Fall Activity

Grab a flannel blanket, bundle up your baby and get outside for tummy time.  Find an area with dry leaves baby can touch, add some small pumpkins and gourds for different textures.

And when you’re done bring home some leaves to add to sensory bags for later. 

Materials

  • Blanket
  • Pumpkins
  • Leaves

Notes

Tummy time is so important for babies. Bringing it outside mixes it up for them and you!

2.  Fall photos

Another fall activity for babies, is more for mom and dad, but photo shoots during this beautiful time of year are a must. 

Fall Baby Must Have Photos:

  • In a pile of leaves
  • Next to a pumpkin/in a pumpkin/pumpkin patch
  • In a Halloween costume
  • At the apple orchard

To up the cuteness factor even more, pick up a cute fall outfit for the occasion.

These are our favorites:

Fall Favorite Photo Shoot Outfits & Accessories

3.  Fall baby food

If baby is starting to eat purees or solids now is the time to introduce the following foods that are in season.

Examples:

Pumpkin

Squash

Sweet potato

Apples

Fall Themed Baby Books

Expand your bedtime reading routine to include books about fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving

Fall Footprint Craft

This artwork made from baby’s footprints is a great rainy fall day activity.  Use them for your home decor, hand them out to grandparents or frame them and bring them out every fall. 

Conclusion:  Everything Fall for Baby: Crafts, Activities, Food & Books

Sweater weather is here and your baby is about to have so much this fall with the help of the above ideas.  I would love to see your fall photos – you can find me on instagram at instagram.com/mominthesix 

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