Everyone else with babies Iz’s age seem to be busy all the time feeding and changing their babies. And in between that, all the babies seem to do is sleep. Actually, I’m just assuming that’s what they are doing because I still can’t figure out what the other mothers are doing all day. I’ve met one or two moms who are out all the time like Iz and me, but where are the rest?
Iz, on the other hand, eats three meals a day with me and barely naps. That leaves us with tons of time. Sounds easy? Try entertaining a 6 month old for 12 hours a day. It’s exhausting. We have found a few things to do around town and we can usually be found at the children’s play museum or the library.
However, you just can’t be out all day, so there are one or two hours where we need to find something to do at home. Iz has lots of toys, and she plays with them (read: tries to cram as many of them in her mouth as she can at one time). We’ve figured out a few games that she can play, too. Here they are in case anyone else needs ideas: (I know I do!)
1. The Tower Game – Get a set of stacking cups. Iz has these from Ikea. Build the tower up a few times and get your child to knock them over. This usually happens because they try to grab the cups and knock the tower over in the process. Every time Iz knocked them over, I would yell “Tip me over!” (like from the teapot song). Once she related “Tip me over!” and knocking the cups over, I would build the tower and tell her to “Tip me over!”. After a while, it became a game where I would stack the cups as fast as I could and she would try to “beat” me by knocking them over before I was done.
2. The Walking Game – Once your baby shows an interest in standing/walking, this game is fun for them. Iz always wants to stand wherever we go, so I try to stand her as much as possible so she gets used to it. If there is something low that your baby can grab on to (like a low table), practice letting them hold on and standing alone. (Of course, make sure you are closely supervising because they can and will fall over!)
Once they are used to holding on by themselves, find a low piece of furniture that they like to stand against. I have a very low bed that is perfect. You can also use a low coffee table, but you might want to drape a blanket over it so that they won’t hurt themselves if they fall forward into it.
I put several of Iz’s favorite toys that she can grab with one hand on the bed, spread apart a little bit. I then stood her against the bed in front of her least favorite. She would play with that one for a second, then become interested in one that she likes more. Because I had placed it just out of her reach, she had to take a step to get to it. Again, make sure your hands are behind your baby because they probably will fall when they take a step!
This has been great practice for walking for Iz!