Indoor Baby Activities in the South of France

Indoor activities for babies in the south of France

Reevaluating Travel Plans

I never thought I would have to worry about Indoor Baby Activities in the South of France. We are the type of family who loves to travel with our baby despite how difficult it may be. However, travel came to a crashing halt with the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the South of France. The Delort’s had to reevaluate our travel plans quickly. We ultimately decided to stay at home with our little one vs. moving to France at our original departure date. Quarantining indoors meant having to find indoor activities for our baby. It’s hard enough to create indoor activities during normal circumstances. Let alone brainstorming coronavirus activities with babies.

There are endless amounts of activities and toys for older children; however, babies are a beast. Between the limited selection, lack of mobility, and crankiness on the horizon, indoor activities for babies in the South of France and beyond can be a handful. Quarantining indoors means having to find indoor activities for our baby. It’s hard enough to create indoor activities during normal circumstances. Let alone brainstorming coronavirus activities with babies.

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Necessary to have quality indoor activities for babies during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Staying at home with the baby during the quarantine. 

When news of the Coronavirus first hit, I didn’t take it 100% seriously. Living in New York City, constant threats and diseases are surrounding us. My husband and I continued to take the subway, shop, and live life as usual. Until one morning, we woke up to Twitter losing its marbles. Our mindset quickly changed soon after the grocery was baren of all toiletries.

Within the next few days, New York City announced a complete shutdown of all restaurants, bars, movie theaters, concert halls, and large group gatherings.

Coping with the stop of the la bise was already hard enough. It was hard to contemplate being locked indoors without social contact.

The struggle of being indoors

There are endless amounts of activities and toys for older children and teens; however, babies are a beast. Between the limited selection, lack of mobility, and crankiness on the horizon, indoor activities for babies in the South of France and beyond can be a handful. Questions of how can parents keep their babies entertained? How will my baby get fresh air and sunlight? As well as will my baby become agitated from boredom? Started to trickle into my mind

Meanwhile, in France, people appeared to be still living their best lives hanging outside before President Macron announced the 15-day lockdown. Everyone and their mother were scrambling to the South of France and the rural areas. I can’t say I blame them as my neighbors in New York City were doing the same.

Indoor Baby Activities in the South of France Architectural Design Of Houses Photo   By Guillaume Meurice from Pexels 2
Indoor Baby Activities in the South of France Architectural Design Of Houses Photo By Guillaume Meurice from Pexels 2

Fleeing to the South of France?

One major problem, though!! When you leave the city, you bring the city NASTY with you. The likelihood of catching the virus in a city and bringing Covid-19 to a rural town is pretty high. A part of me wonders if people are fleeing to be with their families OR if they cannot bear the thought of staying couped up in a tiny apartment.

When you have a baby, a dog, a Mr. French, it can all get overwhelming pretty fast. We started conquering up Indoor Baby Activities in the South of France. Luckily, I’ve been a stay at home mom for over 8-months now and had plenty of quarantine activities with babies ready to go.

Gaco Pack n'  Play Quick Connect Playard with Portable Bouncer. Great to keep your baby entertained and safe during quarantine lockdown
Graco Pack n’ Play Quick Connect Playard with Portable Bouncer. Great to keep your baby entertained and safe

1. Bring Out the Pack n’ Play

Graco Pack n’ Plays are hands down a godsend. I’ve been using the Graco Pack ‘n Play Quick Connect Playard with Portable Bouncer since baby Jeanne was a few days old. Yannick and I would put her inside whenever we needed time to ourselves. More often than not, I would use it for when I needed to run to the bathroom and need to put her somewhere safe. That’s what makes the Pack n’ Play perfect for Quarantine lockdown, especially in the South of France.

In New York City, the complete and utter lack of private outdoor space is laughable. However, in places like Montpellier, you have the option of taking our play yard to your backyard and provide your baby with some much-needed fresh air. NOW, do not bring your baby outside to a communal area under any circumstances unless given specific guidance. Be sure to always ALWAYS check with the CDC on the latest protocols, updates, and changes.

Alternatively, you can leave the pack n’ play in the living and keep your baby at an arms-length while you talk to her. Don’t forget the option to put your baby in the bouncer attachment. There are settings to slowly bounce your baby to sleep or keep her preoccupied with a new sensation.

Baby Foam Puzzle Floor Play Mat with Shapes & Colors for a South of France indoor activity
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2. Indoor Play gym/mat

We recently bought Jeanne a large play mat as she began to wiggle her way across the floor at age 7-months-old. It was a great buy for an indoor activity for the baby whether we were in the South of France or the States. It also worked nicely as a stay-at-home activity for when she was an infant. We pared it together with her Skip Hop baby infant play gym. Her Skip Hop play gym keeps her entertained for hours on end, but once she passed 6.5 months, she was continually rolling off the gym area and onto the harder floor surface. To her, it’s the adventure of let’s roll on the hardwood floor to see if mom can catch me. 

I highly doubt you’ll want to be watching your baby 24/7 while also trying to work from home or keep the house running. I’m telling you the combo effect of having the play gym and mat will change your life and amuse your baby. Jeanne is now 8-months-old and still loving her puzzle floor mat, especially now. 

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Jeanne Delort on her Skip Hop play gym. Easy quarantine activities with babies. photo by Natasha Delort

Tummy Time Perks

I know what your thinking, “my baby hates tummy time.” Yes, I get it. Okay. My baby hated tummy time, BUT she eventually loved it. We used the tummy time bear provided with the play gym. You can also use a house pillow or put the baby on your chest. No matter how young your baby is, they will love this. Bonus: your little one will fall asleep fast after exercising on their tummy. No parent will pass up the chance for their baby to fall asleep quickly.

french baby toys to play with
During the quarantine, you can play with French baby toys

3. French baby toys for the home

No matter what type of toys you have in the house, your baby will go wild over it. Think back to a time when your baby was upset or bored or just downright rioting. Now think back to what made your baby calm down. Milk doesn’t count lol. Most likely, your baby had their favorite comfy cloth or their teddy. My baby is obsessed with her  “Miss Doudou” from Doudou et Compagnie. Her Mamie brought it over from the South of France when she was firstborn. Baby Jeanne has been in love with it ever since.

I often have my baby hang out in the living room in her play area. She plays with her French baby toys as a favorite indoor activity. The fantastic thing about indoor activities for babies in the South of France is that they can be used as quarantine activities as well.

A WIN-WIN in my book as we’re only on day 7 of the lockdown with another week-ish to go.

Bonsoir Lune by Margaret Wise Brown and La Belle au Bois dormant by Hachette Jeunesse
Read Bonsoir Lune by Margaret Wise Brown and La Belle au Bois dormant by Hachette Jeunesse for coronavirus activities with babies. photo credit natashadelort

4. French Baby Books to read at home

For starters, I’m a sucker for reading as a stay at home activity with the baby. Topple that with the current situation, and it makes me want to read even more.

The first book on my Covid-19 reading list is Bonsoir Lune by Margaret Wise Brown. We can all agree that this book is a grade-A classic. I love this as an indoor activity because it put my baby to sleep. I’m sorry, but that is always a plus in my world. Two, it’s easy for me to read. French is not my first language, so I’m making sure my baby is getting an equal amount of French and English.

The second book on my Indoor activities for babies’ reading list is La Belle au Bois dormant (Charlotte aux Fraises) by Hachette Jeunesse. Who doesn’t love this classic story? It’s the Charlotte aux Fraises version, which I adore. It’s still easy for me to read, and the baby likes colorful pictures. I’ve tried reading the other classic french books without pictures, and she’s not a fan.

The third book on my coronavirus activities with babies’ reading list is “made up French tale.” Okay, here me out. You are reading to your baby every time or at least a few times a week. After a while, your baby is going to get bored. Spice it up and create your own French story to read to your baby. Let me know in the comments if you created your own.

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Stay at home activities with babies and play music together for an indoor activity

5. Play Music indoors with baby

My favorite stay at home coronavirus activities with babies has been playing music. This American French mom Family loves music. My husband and I fell in love through music, so it’s only natural that we play music to our baby.

You don’t have to be a musician for these quarantine activities with babies. In the South of France, Pairs, or Menton, you know the classic French songs.

Baby Jeanne and I started a coronavirus activity with babies playlist to help you if you get stumped on what to sing. I can sing these in French and English so it shouldn’t be a problem for you either.

Coronavirus Indoor Baby Activities in the South of France Playlist

  1. La Mer
  2. La Vie en Rose
  3. Les Champs Elysées
  4. Que c’est triste Venise
  5. Le sud
  6. À bicyclette
  7. Et moi et moi et moi
  8. Couler Cafe
  9. C’est si bon
  10. Minor Swing
  11. (USA)Autumn Leaves
  12. (made up Miss DouDou)
  13. (USA) All of Me
  14. (USA) At Last
  15. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (our version)

Let me know in the comments what activities you’ve done thus far with your little one.

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Eric Gamble
8 months ago

Love all of these indoor baby activities. Heck most would be great for me to do even though we don’t have kids yet! I love sending my godchildren books especially. You are never too young to read or to be read too!
Also, any games that involved using motor skills to learn is awesome! Definitely going to hopefully work these in when Darcee & I finally have children

Lori Bosworth
8 months ago

Those portable bouncers are so cute and babies love them, don’t they?! Reading to babies is always a great way to keep their attention!

Kristine Nicole Alessandra VA
Kristine Nicole Alessandra VA
8 months ago

Awesome ideas! We don’t have a baby in the family but I do have close friends who do have young kids. Will be sharing this post with them.

Ma. Clarice Lao
Ma. Clarice Lao
8 months ago

The quarantine period allowed us to have lots of time to read. Thankful that we received quite a number of books last Christmas and this is just the opportunity to read those books. I think we have a copy of Bonsoir Lune by Margaret Wise Brown. Looking forward to reading that as well. 🙂

AfroCapricornette
AfroCapricornette
7 months ago

Even babies need to be entertained too lol. I knew it was coming to NYC because I live on Twitter, follow international news and have a Chinese colleague who got first hand info from family in Wuhan since Jan. I knew. NYC is a major international hub and it was only a matter of time.

Morgan @ Baby Got Balance

It must be so tough trying to keep a baby cooped up, too! These seem like some great tips to make it easier, though.

Daria Vinning
Daria Vinning
7 months ago

These are some excellent ideas to keeping little ones entertained. It’s definitely been trying with my two grandchildren three and four. We’ve been doing quite a few things repetitively but I need to find some new things to keep it interesting.

Ava😎😊😘😋
Ava😎😊😘😋
7 months ago

I miss my babies being this little. We used the portable baby bouncer a lot.

Viano Dee
Viano Dee
7 months ago

These seem like fun baby activities to partake in during this period. I believe these tips would be helpful for people with babies who have no idea what to do. Nice tips

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