30 Magical Moments Moms Should Make Happen During Baby’s First 12 Months

Time seems to speed up the moment your baby enters the world. When it’s 2:00 a.m. and you’re trying to get your baby to sleep, that first year can feel like it goes very quickly. But believe me when I say that before you know it, they’ll be celebrating their first birthday and you’ll be wondering what happened.

So, here are 30 things you should do with your newborn throughout the first year of his or her life. We’ve compiled a must-have baby bucket list for you!

1. Blow bubbles for the very first time.

2. Learn to sing a lullaby.

3. Capture your baby’s footprints in ink or plaster.

4. Record the sound of your baby laughing.

5. Share a bath.

6. Introduce your baby to a very mellow cat or dog.

7. Write down every major milestone in a baby book or journal.

8. Push your baby in a swing (but only after they have head control).

9. Play monkey-see-monkey-do: Copy your baby’s expressions and sounds back at him/her.

10. Blow the seeds off a dandelion blossom.

11. Put together a simple puzzle.

12. Explore every safe inch of your home together.

13. Take a photo of your baby asleep on your spouse’s shoulder.

14. Read your favorite childhood books.

15. Let your baby fall asleep on your shoulder.

16. Play peek-a-boo.

17. Bounce your baby on your knee and sing “Ride a Horse to Banbury Cross” or whatever other related nursery rhyme you can think of.

18. Introduce your baby to all his or her parts: Nose, toes, elbows, eyes.

19. Show your baby pictures of far-flung or long-gone relatives.

20. Play “This Little Piggy.”

21. Play some simple musical instruments.

22. Introduce your baby to another baby.

23. Introduce your baby to an elderly person.

24. Show your baby his or her reflection in a mirror.

25. Count things.

26. Touch snow.

27. Make loud raspberries on your baby’s belly.

28. Spend an afternoon lying on your backs and staring up at the clouds or the tops of trees.

29. Play with a pile of yarn.

30. Say “I love you.”

What else would you add to this baby bucket list?


  1. What are 3 ways to bond with your baby?

    Smiling, eye contact, singing, reading, and snuggling are all good ways to bond with infants.
    The bonding behaviour of your newborn is something you should be aware of.
    – Make eye contact or grin at you.
    – Make small noises, such as coos or laughter
    – Look interested and relaxed.

  2. How do I start bonding with my baby?

    One of the most enjoyable components of newborn care is bonding with your child. Begin by gently rocking or stroking your infant while cuddling him or her. If you and your spouse both hold and touch your baby on a regular basis, your baby will quickly learn to distinguish between your touches.

  3. Is it normal to not bond with your baby?

    According to studies, roughly 20% of new moms and dads have no emotional bond to their newborn in the hours following delivery. It can take weeks or even months to sense that connection. Don’t be concerned or guilty if you haven’t started bonding with your kid yet; it will come with time.

  4. What’s it called when you can’t bond with your baby?

    Within the first few months of life, most newborns form a tight attachment link with their primary caregiver (typically their parents). They will not be able to form this deep attachment if they do not receive normal love and care. Attachment disorder may develop as a result of this.