My baby girl is almost a year old. I can’t believe how quickly she has gone from sleeping all day to nearly walking. At each baby stage their needs are different and met differently. We are currently at a really fun age where expressions are priceless and everything is a new learning experience.
The absolute BEST learning TOY EVER is her big sister, but she’s in school during the day so we have other ways to keep baby busy, happy and learning during the down times.
We have a couple of toys in the house the baby can be entertained with on her own, it’s a necessity when I’m busy being a Mom doing Mom things; but we have to also remember it’s important to interact with our kids and take the time to play with them too. While I like to pull out the scissors, construction paper and glue with my oldest daughter, the baby isn’t exactly there yet. She likes to taste everything and well scissors and glue are dangerous to put in your mouth.
A few simple age appropriate games I like to play with the baby are Peek-a-boo, Patty Cake (in French), rolling the ball back and forth, hiding objects and “zerberts” are always good for a huge laugh too. I’m always impressed when I see her putting her hands over her eyes, clapping, or pushing the ball back my way when we play, she may just be a “baby’, but she really gets what we are doing together. We are “playing” but also connecting and interacting on a much deeper level. It’s an amazing feeling as a parent to have that bond with your children and really see they are learning.
I also love watching her play and learn on her own. It could be very easy to dismiss that she’s “just a baby” and doesn’t know much, but I truly think at just 11 months, she’s a genius. The most recent ways she’s been learning is with her Laugh and Learn Car and the Go Baby Go! Stride-to-Ride Lion. These two toys are her absolute favourite right now. Each for different reasons.
When she plays with the Laugh and Learn Car, not only does she push the buttons, horns and turn the key, she opens the door to crawl into the car. I know they say second kids learn quicker because they learn from their older siblings, but I am simply floored that a baby would know you have to open the door to get inside the car. Genius (I may be a bit bias).
She also loves her Go Baby Go! Stride-To-Ride Lion. This was actually my oldest daughter’s lion and has gone trough 4 kids already. It easily converts from a walker to a ride on toy. Right now, she uses it as a walker and is easily cruising the house, sometimes with just one hand and is almost running. Once again, being a second time parent, I know what walking on her own means and I would love for her to remain immobile a little while longer, but there’s no holding her back.
With each passing day, she’s growing up way too fast and has so many different things to learn. Between playing with her older sister, interactive games with myself and hubster and playing on her own she is learning quickly and turning into a little toddler. Make time stand still, just for a moment.
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