Baby balloon kicking is one of the best activities you can do with your 3 month old. This fun idea helps their development in many different ways. And you’re sure to get lots of smiles and laughs! All you need is 1 or 2 balloons and you’re ready to play!
But before we look at the activity, let’s talk a bit more about balloon play with babies.
Why Do Babies Love Balloons?
Babies love balloons because they’re big, colourful and attention-grabbing. Older kids love balloons too because they associate them with parties and fun times.
How Does Baby Balloon Kicking Help My Baby’s Development?
Your baby will learn to kick their legs at around 3 months old. So adding balloons to their ankles not only encourages kicking. It also helps to strengthen the muscles in their legs too.
Baby balloon kicking also helps to improve visual tracking skills. The balloon will grab your baby’s attention and they’ll use their eyes to watch it moving.
A baby with balloons tied to their feet will learn about cause and effect. For example, they’ll learn that when they move their legs, the balloons move too.
How to Start Balloon Kicking For Babies
You’ll need to buy 1 or 2 hellium filled balloons on string before starting this activity. Foil ones work best and you can get these relatively cheap from (UK) shops like the Works or Card Factory.
Once you have your balloons, you’ll need to tie a small loop in the balloon string. After this, you can pull part of the string leading to the balloon, through the small loop to create a bigger one. You can then put this on your baby’s ankle.
Tying the balloon to your babies ankle using this method, stops it from being too tight. You can also easily take it off and put it on again next time.
Tip: Tying a slip knot in the balloon string will also work well. Watch this video for instructions on how to do it.
Baby Balloon Kicking – Activity Tips
Start by using one balloon first. Attach it to your baby’s ankle and watch their reactions. Give them time to look at the balloons. Then try to encourage them to move their legs and kick.
After this, try bringing a balloon closer so they can see their reflection. Let it go gently so they can watch it float up.
Once you’ve tried this, tie a second balloon to their ankle so they have 2 they can look at.
You could also tie a balloon to your baby’s wrist. Watch and see how they react. Then add another balloon too.
Other Ways You Can Try Balloon Play With Babies
Don’t have a helium-filled foil balloon? Try using a regular balloon instead. Simply blow one up and put it near the bottom of your baby’s feet. They won’t be able to see it (like a helium-filled balloon) but they’ll be able to feel it. So they’ll want to kick.
Try balloon play with babies as part of their tummy time sessions too. Hold the helium-filled balloon in front of them and encourage them to reach it. Or use a regular latex balloon instead.
Just make sure you always supervise your baby when playing with balloons. And make sure you pick up all the pieces if a latex balloon pops.
Watching a baby with balloons tied to their feet is a fun activity for a 3 month old. It’ll also work well with older babies who aren’t yet rolling!
It’s a simple but great way to stimulate their senses. They’re able to watch the balloons float. Listen to the sounds they make as they kick. And feel the string on their ankles (or wrists.)
Helium filled foil balloons will last for up to a week. So you can get the most use out of them and try the activity again.