Today my little man is seven months old. SEVEN! That’s more than half a year!
Last month I shared our first flying experience so the items shared today span two months worth of life. There’s a lot that’s happened in these two months. My son experienced his first cold, his first airplane ride, his first time in a pool, his first foods, and his first tooth!
My mom’s cousins gave us the Rockaroo back in August. While I know of many kids who enjoyed this rocker right away my son was not one of them. It wasn’t until month 4 that he started to like being in the Rockaroo. I think he was simply too little and the Rockaroo rocked too fast, but now that he has some weight to him it doesn’t rock too quickly and is now even turned up to speed 3 (of 5). There’s an arm above the seat with removable “balls”. These “balls” once seemed like a distant dream to my son but now he can grab them, pull them off the holder, and stuff them in his mouth (because what else!?). In his teething state he tried to eat the plastic holder – and succeeded. And last week he managed to yank the holder off the arm – I’m still trying to figure out how to reattach it! I’m telling you, he’s getting too big and too strong!!
At my son’s 4 month doctor appointment it was recommended he start sitting upright – supported in a Bumbo-type seat. My mother-in-law’s quilting friends gifted us with this booster seat at our baby shower. I love that it has a tray and we use this for meal time. Our house is small and our dining table has been put in storage to have room for the little man to play. We don’t really have room for a real highchair so this booster seat is a perfect alternative.
The bouncer was the “life saver” baby containment gadget back in month 3 and now that my son is older the jumperoo is the must-have item! He has always loved bouncing – whether in my arms or on my lap. As soon as he could “stand” he’d bounce. Some sort of jumperoo was a mandatory item according to my in-laws. We don’t have any doorframes that would work for the classic jumper that was my husband’s must-have item when he was a baby. When I saw this jumperoo I knew I had to have it. Not only did the woodland friends fit perfectly with my son’s bedroom theme but this version was a “space saver.” Compared to other jumperoos I’ve seen this one is small. But it’s also the reason we don’t have a dining table right now. This jumparoo plays music and sound effects with lights whenever my son bounces, it has dangling toys for him to bat at, and even a teething friendly toy that he just loves.
Eric Carle wrote the very famous The Very Hungry Caterpillar children’s book. There are now developmental toys that accompany his books. A coworker gave us the Mr. Seahorse toy and we just love it! We bought the board book to go with it. My son enjoys the toy so much that for Christmas I got him the firefly toy and book. The pack-rat OCD side of me now wants each toy and book combination!
And speaking of books, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt is my husband’s favorite! It’s a very fun and clever way to teach children about colors. The different colors write letters to their child explaining their feelings. Whether they’re angry at being “overworked” or “under utilized” or happy to be the favorite color, they’re describing what animals or objects are what color. I urge you to buy this book for your child’s collection.
It’s crazy to think that my little man is old enough to have a favorite toy. Maybe what’s crazy is that I can understand what that toy is! This Baby Einstein piano is that toy. My son loves to bang on it and make it light up and play music. It’s this toy that is getting him close to being able to crawl – as he plays with it and it gets out of his reach he figures out ways to get it back. And the best part might be that it plays more than one song. With three settings and three different instruments to select there’s a wide range of music and noises that play from this toy. Sure, I know them all and hear them in my dreams, but at least it’s not only one melody. Variety in sounds is important for parents to keep their sanity.
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