Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Making memories
Writing a letter to your baby is a fun activity that can show your child where your pregnancy adventure began. Believe it or not, you may forget a lot of the early details after you’re caught up in the whirlwind of parenting, so a letter is a tangible memento for your baby book.
Writing a letter to your unborn baby is a way to capture some fascinating details about your pregnancy. Mums-to-be know what it’s like to ride the pregnancy roller coaster – one day you’re walking on air because you felt Baby’s first kick and the next day you have heartburn up to your neck. A great way to ensure you remember what it was like is to write it down. Your child won’t believe what you went through!
It might be a challenge to find time in your schedule, but whether it’s 15 minutes during your lunch break or even while you’re finally relaxing in front of the TV, after your baby is born you will appreciate the fact that you made the effort.
- Grab a notebook or hop onto your computer. The format doesn’t matter as much as the content.
- Describe your excitement about the baby. What would you like him to know? You can describe people, places, current events or anything that comes to mind.
- What funny thing happened to you this week? What was the least expected part of pregnancy that you have encountered so far?
- Have you had any cravings yet? What foods or smells make you sick?
- Tell your baby what music he/she reacted to when you played it. Did he/she kick when you ate certain foods? Did the kicks feel like gas or like butterfly wings?
- Did you feel like an alien was living inside you, especially when your baby hiccupped?
Consider taking this one step further and write letters to your baby that he will open on his 16th, 18th and 21st birthdays, and even for his wedding day or for when his first child is born. Enlist family members to write letters, especially grandparents, and put the letters together in a time capsule to be opened at a later date.