Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Poll Results: How many hours total did baby sleep in a 24 hour period for ages 5-6 months (22-26 weeks)? (approximate)

Results:

18-20 hours: 7 votes (10%)
16-17 hours: 26 votes (38%)
14-15 hours: 24 votes (34%)
12-13 hours: 10 votes (14%)
less than 12 hours: 2 votes (3%)

Total of 69 votes

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Comments/Blog Info

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! I have obviously not been around for a while. This week will prove to be another busy week for our family. We will continue to celebrate the holidays, work on our next baby's room, and celebrate our anniversary. So I will not be around as much this week also.

I have been working on answering questions, but I am about a week and a half behind. I am getting to them, so please be patient. Luckily there were a lot fewer questions over the last week, so I should be able to catch up relatively quickly. Rest assured I am working on it and will soon get to your questions.

Reader Comments:

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Reader Blog Requests/Questions

REQUESTS FOR POSTS:

GENERAL INFORMATION REQUESTS:

BLOG REQUESTS

POLL REQUESTS

COMMENT REQUESTS/QUESTIONS:

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Poll Results: How many hours total did baby sleep in a 24 hour period for ages 4-5 months (17-22 weeks)? (approximate)

Results:

18-20 hours: 7 votes (7%)
16-17 hours: 41 votes (44%)
14-15 hours: 37 votes (39%)
12-13 hours: 6 votes (6%)
less than 12 hours: 2 votes (2%)

Total of 93 votes

Monday, December 22, 2008

Overstimulation for Toddlers

image source
It isn't only babies who can get overstimulated (see Overstimulation for more information on this topic). Toddlers on up to adults can become overstimulated. Think of the nights you have stayed up later than usual and have a hard time falling asleep, or nights you watched a movie that really interested you and made it harder to fall asleep. We all can become overstimulated.

The toddler can handle more information than the baby. For baby, everything is a new sensation. Toddlers are still taking in a lot of new sights, sounds, smells, etc., but they can handle more than the baby can. Toddlers have the ability to defend themselves from overstimulation. The toddler can wiggle out of his great-aunt's arms when she has become too much for him. He can go find a quiet room to play in when the large crowd assembled is just too noisy for him.

Here are some common causes of overstimulation in the toddler. You will find the list to be similar to that of the baby:
  • Too Little Sleep: Maybe your toddler got to bed the night before because you were at a family party. Perhaps his one nap of the day was cut short because you had a doctor appointment that cut into it. These things happen, but they do cause your toddler to become overstimulated. He can't handle as much when he is overly tired.
  • Too Much Activity: The holiday parties, family reunions, etc. can cause your toddler to become overstimulated.
  • Routine Disrupted: This is not only naps and mealtimes, but regular activities like independent playtime. Again, disruption to routine is a part of life, but it is a cause of overtimulation for your toddler.
So what does overstimulation look like for the toddler? Well, it isn't pretty. The overstimulated baby cries and has a hard time falling asleep. Most people take pity on the overstimulated baby and think he just looks so cute when his lip quivers like that. The toddler doesn't receive the same sympathy, and many disapproving looks can be cast on the parents as people assume the parent has a raised a spoiled brat. Most -wise children who are overstimulated act "normal" to the world, so much of the disappointment is felt by the parents since that is not how their little angel usually behaves. Here are some signs your toddler is overstimulated:
  • Obedience Dwindles: The other night we took dinner to some friends who just had a baby. At first both children were polite and well behaved. As the night progressed, the obedience digressed, especially in Kaitlyn (20 months) since she is less able to handle being overly tired than Brayden (3.5 years). I didn't realize the time. When we got out to the car, I saw that it was 30 minutes past Kaitlyn's bedtime. No wonder she had stopped listening. Toddlerwise talks about these situations and says, "It is not discipline that the child needs, but rest" (page 103). For some kids, it is as simple as not obeying as well as usual. For others, a tantrum is the symptom of this problem.
  • Irrationality Appears: Your toddler can become very irrational. Rules are no longer acceptable. He will not wait for what he wants. The normal expectations of parents suddenly seem very unreasonable.
  • Crying Reigns: Your child might cry. Crying usually accompanies a tantrum, but some will just cry.
  • Manners Depart: This is more obvious in the older toddler than the younger one; younger toddlers don't really have manners yet (though they might forget their please and thank yous). For Brayden, this can be a lack of hugs and kisses when departing from the grandparents or refusal to answer the questions of adults.
There are some things you can do to minimize the impact of these disruptions. You don't have to be as drastic as you did with your baby, but there are some strategies you can follow.
  • Adjust Your Expectations: Prepare yourself with extra measure of understanding and patience for your child. As stated above, this is not the time for discipline but for remedying the cause of the problem. The cause is being overly tired or overstimulated. When he doesn't respond to your instruction, patiently help him to do what is needed rather than getting flustered that he isn't listening to you. You need to carry this extra patience with you beyond just the day of disruption; give your toddler time to get back on track.
  • Maintain Routine As Possible: When Brayden was younger, independent play was very important to his overall level of obedience that day. I would try to have independent play before we went to visit people. This wasn't always possible, but I did it when I could. Sometimes when we are at a family party, he will remove himself from the large gathering to a room alone. I allow him to do this and have his time to himself. Often in these situations, we let our toddler wander at will. This is a prime opportunity for our toddler to get into mischief, so keeping some structure as possible will prevent discipline issues.
  • Maintain Sleep as Possible: While Brayden can now skip a nap while out, I still make sure Kaitlyn gets one. I take her pack and play and put her where I can. She will usually get a shorter nap than usual, but it is better than nothing.
  • Maintain Meals: It seems our family meals are always around 1 PM, which is 1.5 hours past the normal lunch time for our kids. I will either just feed them lunch at the normal time or give them at least a snack to hold them over. This works out because children often don't eat as well when there are a lot of things to do and people to see.
  • Have Breaks: I always try to have breaks between days of disruption. This isn't always possible, but I make every effort. So if Sunday is going to be disrupted, then on Saturday I keep naps, bedtime, meals, and other play activities consistent. I will do the same for Monday, watching for possible need of longer naps or earlier bedtime.
Related Posts:

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Overstimulation

source
Overstimulation is when your baby or child has basically had a sensory overload. The younger the baby, the easier it is to overstimulate her. Babies have never experiences most of the things happening around them; it is all new. Their senses are all receiving new information. Sights, sounds, touches, smells, and possibly tastes all impact your baby.

Here are a few common causes of overstimulation in the baby:
  • Awake Too Long: Keeping your baby awake too long causes overstimulation, and is probably the number one cause of it in the younger months. Make every effort to keep your child's waketime at her optimal length. See Waketime: Length, Extending, and Calculating: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/02/waketime-length-extending-and.html and Optimal Waketime Lengths.
  • Held Too Long: "Too long" is going to be different for every baby. It is up to you to figure out how long is too long for your baby. This is less likely to be a problem when it is just you and baby at home. This is more of a problem when you are at a large gathering with many different people wanting to hold your baby. It also seems to be more of a problem for a baby older than 6 weeks than those younger. When you have a family or social function, watch your baby and intervene if you see the passing around from person to person is getting to be too much for her.
  • Too Much Activity: This can be too much noise, too much visual stimulation, too many new smells, etc. This is most likely to happen in the evening when the whole family is home and, again, at social functions. This can also happen if baby is at a certain toy too long. For example, our bouncer that we have is a kick and play bouncer. When baby kicks, it lights up and plays music. If a baby is in the bouncer too long, she becomes overstimulated.
  • Routine Disrupted: This is a capstone of all other reasons I listed. Baby isn't getting naps as regular, baby's meals might be off, baby isn't getting any quiet time to herself, there are several cousins running around having a great time, etc. Things are different from usual and baby has a lot to take in.
Unless you hide yourself in your house for several months, overstimulation is bound to happen. With my babies, I try to avoid overstimulation as much as possible, but sometimes you have something important to be at. You might have a graduation, a wedding, a Christmas party, or something as simple as family here to see the baby. We can't avoid these situations, nor do we really want to. Here are some ideas for avoiding overstimulation in such situations:
  • Give Baby a Break: Whenever I am at a social function like this, I take advantage of a diaper change or feeding to give my baby a break for a bit. I nurse my babies, so I will take them to a room where it is just the two of us. I will keep it quiet. After they are done nursing, I will change the diaper and then just let her lay for a moment. She can lay there in quiet without being held and just get a breather from everyone.
  • Allow for Sleep: If you can, have your baby take naps when she normally would. Most newborns will fall asleep in people's arms. If that happens, allow it. Most babies will outgrow sleeping in people's arms somewhere around 2-3 months. If your baby is at a point where she just won't sleep in arms anymore, take her and put her somewhere she will sleep. It might be the carseat. It might be a bed in a room somewhere. Maybe a swing.
Of course, even with our best intentions, baby can get overstimulated. Often times a newborn will basically shut down before overstimulation happens. They will appear to be asleep, but be more of in a neurological shut down. Not all newborns do this though. Brayden was 6 weeks old for his first Independence Day. We went to the parade where he screamed and screamed. It was all too much for him. A nice lady told me I could go up on her porch to get further away from the parade, but he just wouldn't calm down. I finally just took him home where he fell right asleep. For Kaitlyn's first Independence Day, she was close to 3 months old. She just went right to sleep for the entire parade.
What do you do once overstimulation has happened? How do you deal with it? At this point, baby is usually fussy if not fully crying.
  • Remove Baby From Stimulation: The first thing to do is remove baby from the situation that has her so stimulated. Take her to a quiet and possibly dark place.
  • Let Baby Cry: Babies blow off steam by crying. If she needs to cry, let her cry so she can get it out. You can hold her and just let her cry. When Brayden was a baby, we found it was good to lay him on our bed, hold his arms so he couldn't startle himself with his reflex, and just let him cry. He would get his cry out, then look into our eyes and calm down. He has never been cuddly, so holding him was a bad idea when he was overstimulated--it just made it worse for him.
  • Learn Soothing Tricks for Baby: All babies are different. Perhaps when your baby is upset, a certain song is what will calm him best. Maybe he really needs a pacifier. He might like to be bounced. He might prefer to be swayed or rocked. Try tricks out to see what works for him.
  • Sleep: Baby most likely needs sleep. Get baby to sleep as fast as possible. Don't expect baby to fall asleep on her own, either. This is a situation where you put baby in the swing or something to get her to fall asleep. When Kaitlyn was 2.5 months old, we went to a birthday party for my brother in law. Kaitlyn missed a nap altogether. I didn't have her take the nap while there because Grandma was enjoying holding her, and Kaitlyn was beyond the point of sleeping in arms. When we got home that night, I put Kaitlyn in her bed. By that age, she didn't ever cry before falling asleep. That night, she did. At first I thought she would just need to blow off some steam. We soon realized she was not going to fall asleep on her own. We moved her to the swing, which usually knocked her right out. In the swing, she cried for 20 minutes before falling asleep. It gets hard for them to fall asleep once they are overstimulated, which is why I caution you against expecting her to do it. You can always try, but if it isn't working, don't force it. For church, Kaitlyn always missed a nap. She wouldn't sleep in arms and wouldn't sleep in the carseat at all. Up until about 6 months old or so, we would get home and put her right in the swing to sleep. At some point, they are old enough and experienced enough to go to sleep after being overstimulated, but be mindful in the early months.
  • Return to Schedule: Once baby has the sleep she needs, get her back on the schedule she needs. Also, watch her during following waketimes to see if he needs a shorter than usual waketime.
Please feel free to share any tips you have found to work for helping with overstimulation.
Related Posts:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Encouragement

Every time I read one of the -wise books, I find it interesting how something new strikes me. Right now I am reading through On Becoming Toddlerwise again. As I have read through, I have been struck by the idea of encouragement.

"...certain behaviors will always be followed by disappointing consequences, and other behaviors will be followed by praise and encouragement" (Toddlerwise, page 96). Perhaps some of you are like me. When your child first starts doing what you tell him to, you offer praise and encouragement. As he continues to be good and obedient, however, you start to become lax in the encouragement department. You start to take this obedience and good behavior for granted. As you do this, you continue to offer the consequences and punishments for poor behavior.

Is that a problem? I absolutely think it is a problem. People operate best with positive reinforcement. When you take the encouragement from your child and maintain the punishments, there are not positive words to keep him going. He can become frustrated and feel like he can never be good enough no matter how hard he tries.

Think of yourself. Chances are you can think of plenty of things you do that seem un- or under- appreciated. Those thank yous and kind words from friends, family, co-workers, strangers, etc. keep you going.


Some of you are better at giving compliments and encouragement than others. I am one who is not as good at giving compliments and encouragement. I think them, but I don't verbalize them like I should. Every so often Brayden will say to me, "That is a good boy to XYZ, huh." I chuckle. He reminds me when he is in need of encouragement.

We must be conscious of encouragement. We must let our children know when they have made a right decision. We must let them know that we notice and appreciate how hard they are working. Be complimentary of them. This will give them the fuel to keep working at improving themselves.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Poll Results: How many hours total did baby sleep in a 24 hour period for ages 3-4 months (13-16 weeks)? (approximate)

Results:

18-20 hours: 17 votes (14%)
16-17 hours: 43 votes (37%)
14-15 hours: 33 votes (28%)
12-13 hours: 20 votes (17%)
less than 12 hours: 3 votes (2%)

Total of 116 votes

Monday, December 15, 2008

Best Toys for Baby: Ages 10-12 Months

As we look at fun toys for baby in these months, we continue to build on the other ages. The toys start to get more fun for the parents as baby approaches one year.
  • Easter Eggs: Both of my kids were in this age range at Easter, so Easter eggs became a favorite. I would put little Gerber Rice puffs in the egg or something else fun for them to find once they opened the egg.
  • Balls: Your baby could easily be interested in balls before this age range, but it is during this age range that your baby will likely start to try to roll the ball to you. When choosing what ball to get your baby, consider your baby's habits. I had thought of a nerf ball for Brayden, but then had visions of him biting chunks out of it since he was a baby and put things in his mouth (though he didn't do it a lot). There are other soft balls out there such as Baby GUND - Playsets - MVB My First Sports Bag. You can also get soft balls that rattle Gund Mini Pros Rattling Balls Soft Toys. We ended up getting mini balls that were made from the same material as the larger versions. He still plays with them to this day. Spalding NBA Game Ball Mini
  • Ball Pit: I have a friend with a daughter a few months younger than Kaitlyn. I remember her daughter liked to play in a ball pit. I thought it looked fun: Ball Pits
  • Trucks/Cars/Tractors/etc.: This is another toy category that your child may have shown interest in the past, but is just now starting to play with them appropriately. My favorite vehicles for a baby in this age range are made by Playskool. Here is a sample: Playskool Wheel Pals Tricked Out Fleet. They have a variety of sizes of vehicles and variety of types of vehicles. They are soft for baby and easy to clean slobber off of.
  • Wheels On the Bus: One of Brayden's favorite songs was Wheels on the Bus. My great-aunt got this toy for him: Playskool Wheels on the Bus Music Toy. It has different things the child can do to make it sing the song. For example, they can open the door and the songs starts, "The doors on the bus go open and shut..." I know other brands also make Wheels On the Bus.
  • Little People: Your child won't be playing using her imagination yet, but there are Little People toys that will be safe for her to play with and she can have interest in. Some examples are the garage, the farm, and the home: Little People
  • Pop-up Toys: This is another toy baby could be interested in before this age range, but now starting to be able to really play with it. There are many different kinds out there, from Sesame Street to Thomas. We have a Leap Frog brand. I think the one we have is more difficult for younger babies, but more interesting to them as they get older. Here is a link to a classic one: Playskool Busy Poppin' Pals (Colors May Vary)
  • Toys to Mimic: As each day passes, your child will want to be more and more like you. This is a fun time to get some toys for your child to mimic you. What you get will depend on interest and ability. Some ideas for this age are phones (some cell phones will be too old for this age range) Cell Phones and Phones. Another idea is brooms Brooms and this is a vacuum Brayden received for his birthday and loved: Hasbro Playskool Crew Dusty The Talking Vacuum. We got a stroller for Kaitlyn for her first birthday. We got her this one: Fisher-Price Little Mommy Newborn Stroller, then a couple of months ago I discovered this package for only $10 more: Tollytots Fisher-Price All-in-One Newborn Set - Sparkle Butterfly. Depending on the weather where you are at the time of year, there will also be outside toys to mimic. There is the lawnmower for example. See this post for more ideas: Baby Stuff I Love: Outdoor Toys.
  • Music: Your baby will love to listen to music now (if she didn't already). We have a lot of different music CDs for kids, and our favorite by far are the Fisher Price ones. Fisher Price CDs
  • Activity Walker: In this age range, your child is most likely interested in walking. Some will start on their own in this age, some won't. This has been a favorite of my children and every child who enters our home: Musical Activity Walker
  • Bath Toys: By this age, your baby most likely enjoys playing in the tub. This can be a good time to get some toys for the tub: Bath Toys. See also this post for more details on bath time stuff and toys: Baby Stuff I Love: Bathtime
  • Books: Along with books previously recommended (Best Toys for Baby ), Vtech has great books for your little one. This is our favorite: Vtech - Rhyme & Discover Book
There are several ideas. Please be sure to share your child's favorite toys for this age range.

Related Posts:
Reader Advice:

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Learning Process (Toddlerwise)

On Becoming Toddlerwise talks about curiosity with the toddler and how to direct that curiosity to achieve optimal learning. As the parent, you need to direct the learning process. You need to direct that curiosity toward optimal learning. Learning is faster when new information has meaning in relationship to a previous experience (page 34).

It helps me to think of learning as a staircase. With each step, you add knowledge. You can't take on several steps at once; you just aren't physically capable. After one concept is understood, you can move on and add to that concept to expand that knowledge. "Too much stimulation used to enhance a child's intelligence pushes the child too fast and does not allow sufficient integration time. Knowledge is piling up because it has no where to go" (page 33).

On the other hand, you don't want to just let your child set the pace either. Your child doesn't know what step is best to start with. He might jump to the middle of the staircase, in which he has missed several steps that can help him understand that middle of this staircase. It is also an inconsistent method of learning. One day your child might like the middle. The next, the top. The next, the bottom.

Toddlers are very curious. I love this stage where everything is absolutely fascinating to them. Curiosity is the "vehicle that takes him to the classroom environment of potential learning" (page 26). As parents, we can direct this curiosity to help our child get ready to move on to the next step in the learning process. Once the child's curiosity has brought him to the table, attention keeps him there. This is a situation where the fabulous attention span of a BW child is so great. This attention span keeps the child in place and focused, ready to learn and perfect this item that holds so much novelty for him.

I remember listening to a teach of mine describe his wife's talent of finding those teaching moments with their five children. Those teaching moments are informal times when your child's curiosity is peaked and he is ready to learn. As time has passed, I have found myself grasping those teaching moments. It is a skill that comes with time. I think the wise parent is also able to create moments they know will bring those teaching moments to the front.

For the older child, this might be sitting and talking with your child after school with snack you had ready. As she relates her day, you ask questions to perpetuate learning. For the toddler, this might be you pulling out some toy that will be of interest to her and helping her learn how to use it correctly and letting her explore it.

I recently found myself unexpectedly in one of those teaching moments with my children. With the Christmas season upon us, we have focused a lot of formal lessons and teachings on the story of the birth of Christ and the different characters. I believe these formal teaching times are good to have, but it is not necessarily a moment when the curiosity of your children is peaked.

Each morning, my children and I sit at the piano and sing songs. We sing songs from a children's hymn book. We started ending each session with a Christmas song from that book. As Brayden listened to the words to the songs, his curiosity was peaked and he started asking questions about what we were singing about. I explained and taught him the same things he had been learning in our formal lessons. He has grasped those concepts and is now more interested during the formal lessons. It has been interesting to see the process and has left me looking for more ways to introduce such activities to allow for such teaching moments.

I know the task of teaching our children all we want them to learn can seem ominous. There are so many things to teach, from the alphabet to morals. Try to take things one step at a time. Your child doesn't need to, and can't, learn all there is to learn in a couple of years. Build the foundation of knowledge now, and add to it over the years. Take it step by step. You can do it!

Related Posts:



Thursday, December 11, 2008

Toddler/Child Getting Out of Bed

image source
When we moved Brayden from a crib to a twin bed, I worried that he would get out of it and the battle that would possibly follow. Happily for us, he had no issues. He was about 21 months old. We never had issue with him getting out of bed until recently.

It started after he was potty trained. A couple of weeks after I considered him to be potty trained (just over three), I went to get him from a nap. He was still asleep, but he had pooped in his underwear. I talked with him and told him if he needed to go potty, he could get out of bed and go. A little light went off in his eyes. He had obviously never considered this a possibility.

For a couple of days after that, he would come to me during his nap and tell me he had gone potty. He was going only a small amount, and only so he could get out of bed. We then had another talk and I told him that he could go potty if he needed to, but that he couldn't take advantage of that freedom and go potty whenever he wanted to get out of bed. We talked about it until he understood. He was good after that and no longer took advantage of the situation.

About a month and a half to two months ago (Brayden was about a month shy of 3.5), he again began to test the limits on this freedom. He no longer used going potty as the excuse; he hunted for every excuse he could think of. He would come to me with question after question. I taught him how to tell time and what time was acceptable to get up. At first that worked fine, but then he would just sit and stare at the clock instead of sleep at all. He went to taking maybe one nap a week. Something had to be done.

One thing I did was move certain privileges to after nap time, and those were conditional upon him staying in bed. For him, this was TV time. He didn't get TV time unless he stayed in bed for his nap. That worked for a while, but he again started to come up with excuses to get out of bed.

A big part of this I knew was a result of my being so sick for my first trimester. He had more freedom during that time and had started to become 'wise in his own eyes.' There was some retraining that needed to happen here.

I tried rewarding him for taking a nap rather than simply punishing him for getting out of bed. That didn't seem to make any impact on him. I started to wonder if he was ready for rest time rather than naptime. He didn't misbehave the days he didn't take a nap (other than not staying in bed). For whatever reason, I just didn't think he was ready for full rest time. I knew he didn't need a nap ever day, but he also wasn't ready for the expectation of a nap or two a week.

Over time, we re-established proper freedoms for his age. We also had one pivotal day where I finally found the currency that worked for him. I told him if he got out of bed, I was going to take his clock away. Well, he did, and so I did. He was very upset about this and started to cry. I told him he had made his decision. He cried for about thirty minutes before he finally just fell asleep.

Since that day a little over a month ago, he has stayed in his bed flawlessly. He is now sleeping most days of the week. He has his clock back without problem.

If you have a toddler or child getting out of bed, hopefully this story can help you with problem solving. The first thing to consider is your child's freedom level. He probably is being allowed more freedom than he can handle. Then, search out proper rewards/consequences for his actions. Good luck!

Related Posts:

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Best Toys for Baby: Ages 7-9 Months

As we think of the best toys for babies in this age range, I again take us back to the 0-3 month and 4-6 month lists (see Best Toys for Baby: Ages 0-3 Months and Best Toys for Baby: Ages 4-6 Months). With our list for 0-3 months, many things can still apply, but your baby will outgrow many during this time period if he hasn't already. At best, some toys can be turned to every few days, but not every day. Also, your baby might return to some of those toys he left behind in the 4-6 month range. For example, maybe he grew tired of the gym, but now finds it fascinating as he can view it from a different level, from sitting up to perhaps even standing up. This seems to be a period when baby starts to show a lot of boredom and frustration if you don't changes his toys to match his changing abilities, so be sure to be mindful of that (see Out With the Old, in With the New (toys) ).


  • Household items: This is a good time to introduce things around the house that are safe and acceptable for baby to play with. Remember, everything is new so it doesn't take much to fascinate baby. A spoon you use to mix things with might be interesting to her. Measuring cups are a classic hit. You can set her on the floor with some pots and pans along with some spoons and let her play.
  • Anything She Can Hold: Especially during the early part of this age range, baby will like anything she can just hold in her hand easily. This can be anything safe for her.
  • Leapfrog Music Table: If I could only buy, say, five toys for my child, this would be one of them. They love it starting young and continue to love it as they get older. Brayden, now 3.5, still plays with it from time to time. For Kaitlyn, 19 months, it is still a favorite. LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table
  • Baby Einstein Neptune Activity Toy: This is a fun little toy I got for Kaitlyn's first Christmas. She was 8 months old. Baby Einstein Baby Neptune Activity Toy
  • Fisher Price Stacking Rings: This toy is a classic. Your child won't be able to stack these correctly for a while, but she can practice. This is something that can be fun as they grow older, also. When Brayden was learning spacial relationships, I would tell him to get the biggest ring, or the smallest ring. When he was learning colors, I would tell him to find the yellow ring, etc. He really enjoyed these games. Fisher-Price Rock-A-Stack
  • Nesting Cups: This toy was Kaitlyn's favorite toy from about 7 months until 17 months. As she got older, the way she played with it changed, but she just loved it. It was a great church toy because she would just sit on the floor and concentrate on it for about 45 minutes strait. Nesting Cups
  • Shape Sorter: This is another toy baby isn't going to be able to master in this age, but he can start to play with it. If it is something that carries his interest, you will be surprised at how good he gets at it. Brayden was able to put shapes in holes between 7-8 months--though he wasn't able to distinguish which shapes to put in which holes yet. There are many different types of shape sorters available: Shape Sorter
  • Fisher Price Roll-a-Rounds: These toys fascinate babies. The balls have things in them, then baby can put the ball into things and watch what happens. It is like a shape sorter, but with only one shape, which is realistically better for baby at this age. We have the Jungle and the Gumball machine, both of which are still of interest to both kids to this day. I have also heard of kids loving the Dinosaur. Fisher Price Roll-a-Rounds
  • Stuffed Animals: By this age your child has likely shown an interest in certain animals. Brayden was in love with monkeys. For Kaitlyn, it was doggies. If your child has shown an interest in a certain animal, now might be a fun time to get that stuffed animal. Something random for each of my children is that they both have a favorite stuffed animal, and it is a giraffe. Neither has ever shown a particular interest in giraffes when reading books. They like to look at them at the zoo, but not so much that I would think the giraffe is the way to go. My mom got Brayden a Ty Beanie Baby giraffe when he was young. It comes in blue, pink, or brown. BABY TIPTOP (blue) - giraffe. Kaitlyn loved Brayden's so much that when my husband and I were in Washington DC this past spring, I got her a giraffe at the Museum of Natural History. It is The Petting Zoo brand and is the Bright Eyes collection. They are really cute: Bright Eyes Stuffed Animals
  • Flap Books: In addition to the books listed in the previous two posts, I love flap books. They are great starting at this age because baby is really in that peek-a-boo mode. These books are of interest for a very long time. They really aren't the type of book you leave baby alone with, but they are fun for baby to look at. They are currently Kaitlyn's favorite type of book. Flap Books
  • Teether Books: Kaitlyn also liked this book at this age. It crinkles, they can chew on it, what isn't to love :)Teether Books
  • Keys: At this age, Kaitlyn really liked those inexpensive, plastic keys. Keys
  • Piano: This is so simple, but fun for baby: Little Tikes Baby Tap A Tune Piano
Please be sure to include your child's favorite toys in this age range!
Related Posts:
Reader Advice/Thanks:
  • lsmith said...
    These "baby's favourite toys" posts are great!At this age, my daughter's favourite toys were a bead roller coaster [Bead Roller Coaster] from IKEA http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80014041 and she loved board books, especially those featuring other babies. If we'd had a musical activity table, I'm sure she would have loved that too! But we didn't get it until her first birthday.
    December 10, 2008 1:58 PM
    Plowmanators said...
    Thanks for your additions lsmith! Those roller coasters are fun. We don't own any because my parents do and the doctor's office has them; I like to keep some things like that novelty items ;)
    December 18, 2008 2:26 PM
  • blessedwife_mom said...
    I totally agree with the Stack a Ring toy's versatility and ability to engage a baby. While my baby is still too young to understand how to put the rings back, she has loved this toy from 5 months of age (which is when I purchased it). It's so easy to just take a few rings on the go, and when we're home she can play with the whole toy. The best thing is that it "grows" with the baby and it's affordable!
    December 10, 2008 2:15 PM
    Plowmanators said...
    Thanks for your "second" blessedwife_mom!
    December 18, 2008 2:27 PM
  • Nathan and Rachel Greenfield said...
    Noah (just turned 7 months) is really into balls, I bought him the Leap Frog alphabet ball and he really enjoys pushing that around. He can't press the individual letters yet, but enjoys the music it makes whenever it's rolled. he also really likes:- tupperware- Fisher Price puppy (beware- it's super noisy and way sensitive to the touch so it NEVER finishes a song if you so much as breathe on it!) We don't bring it out too often because it's so obnoxious, BUT it's great every few days and his face just lights up- Johnny Jumper[Johnny Jumper]- he just LOVES this thing! I love it because it keeps my little mover stationary for a while.Yesterday, I showed him a youtube video of a baby laughing to see what he would do and he LOVED it. I thought it was pretty funny. I have loved every stage (even newborn) but now my interaction with him really makes me laugh. I love it!
    December 11, 2008 9:28 AM
    Plowmanators said...
    Thanks for your ideas Rachel. We have some toys we try to hide away also :)
    December 18, 2008 2:29 PM

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails

blog advertising is good for you