If your child could sit up in their high chair and eat finger foods alone, then this post is for you. If you are a stay at home mom, then you know how hard it is to manage with kids craving your every attention. It’s hard to cook, clean, bath, do anything really. I have a three year old and 12 month old, so it’s hard to manage at times, especially that I preschool my 3 year old.
This is what I do to manage and keep the little one busy:
1. Have healthy organic finger food ready for your baby. I like to cut bananas very thin and smash the pieces a little. Foods that are safe: peas, frozen blue berries, slice avocado smashed a little, broccoli (boil, smash and cut small).
2. Crayons and paper. My little one loves to hold crayons and make lines on paper(s). She copies her big sister :).
3. Those same crayons put in a zip lock bag, she will keep on pulling the crayons out and putting them back in.
4. If you do not mind a little mess give your child a sponge with water and a cup. They will splash away.
5. Give them different size cups, they will try and figure out how to place them correctly, bang them, drop them, etc.
6. Damp paper towels or paper, let them rip it up.
7. Make some natural pudding and let them play in it. Put some toys in the pudding (make sure they are big enough for your child not to choke on).
8. Put a couple of toys that make music on the table. Let them play.
9. Let them crawl around a safe area, put some toys on ground and let them explore.
10. Use sensory bins filled with size appropriate textures like big cotton balls, sand paper, wash cloth, toilet rolls, feathers, etc.
11. Sing songs up loud so your baby hears you.
12. Give them books to look at especially ones that they could interact with.
13. Let them play in a pile of clothes (I do this usually when I’m am folding).
I hope this was helpful.
If you have any further ideas to share with other mommies, please do so below!
Remember at this age the simplest things are the most amusing for your baby.