Beat the Winter Blues – with Baby

Stuck indoors -- and bored? Fun, new ideas for what to do with baby when it's cold outside.

By Sarah Yang for TheBump.com

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"Throw on a sing-along DVD and have a dance party!" -- Sara E.

"My daughter loves "sledding." She lies on a blanket while my husband pulls her around on the hardwood. She thinks it's hilarious." -- JLGY

The cutest bundled up tots!

"I let my toddler use Cheerios as pebbles to dig with his construction trucks; then my dog cleans up the mess." -- BabyJives

"We make an obstacle course of toys, pillows and anything else we can find for baby to climb over and under and play hide-and-seek." -- Lau P.

"We made a 'discovery bottle' the other day. It's a soda bottle with water, baby oil and food coloring -- just glue the lid on! You can shake it around and watch what all the stuff inside does!" -- PinkTulips

"Try water-bottle bowling!" -- JustaKidatHeart

The hottest toys for baby!

"I break out the building blocks, and we do lots of coloring projects." -- Hope

"We chase each other around the house -- my daughter likes to help with the laundry. We also like to have picnics in the living room." -- JoJoEspana

"Make things out of old cardboard boxes: a mailbox, a guitar, a pirate ship, a house or a puppet stage." -- Cari

You know you're a mom when…

"Our daughter makes a drum set out of pots and pans." -- hersheykiss

"I try to involve my son with the chores. He loves to help, and it's great that we can hang out and get stuff done at the same time." -- Ruby_Soho

"My daughter and I exercise together with a fun DVD. It keeps the kids interested, and we get silly!" -- Lauren S.

"Sometimes I'll put a couple of beach towels down on the kitchen floor and fill up a couple of pots or pans with water. I give my daughter various spoons and cups, and she has a blast pouring water around. It does tend to get everything wet, so the beach towels are definitely necessary." -- zoe_cat


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