It has been rainy and cold in our area recently which means we have been stuck inside our tiny little apartment with our same and very limited supply of toys- so boring! I understand that repetition is good for babies and that he is probably not "bored" BUT sometimes "mommy" needs to stimulate her creativity and have different conversational pieces to shake up the day. New objects, textures, sounds and manipulatives are always good for baby so I dug out some decorating supplies from my closet to explore with Parker. We found: artificial flowers, raffia, twine, some interesting textured packing paper, a little wool scarf, and burlap.
My little guy is not quite crawling but he is strong and able to roll and move around in a circle to get at the objects he wants. It was quite interesting to see what he gravitates to... the winner was the packing paper and raffia! Parker is constantly working on his gross motor skills as he pushes, rolls and reaches for objects just out of his reach but he is also working on hand- eye, hand-mouth, and hand- hand coordination. We play simple cause and effect games such as peekaboo with the paper, putting the flowers on our head and watching them fall, listening to the rustling of the raffia as he moves and pulls it apart, and so much more!
Happy Baby=Happy Mamma!
Holly Flanders- I am an educational professional with a career that has been focused on infants - 3year old curriculum development as well as the quality vetting and training of childcare professionals. I am a new mommy on a mission to 'practice what I have preached' with my baby boy while helping new mammas and childcare professionals come up with easy and fun activities to help the babies they love learn and grow!