I am going to be honest with you all. When it comes to parenting, I really have no idea what I am doing. I ask a million questions, I Google everything and I am learning through trial and error and thankfully Lucia is still alive, so we are doing something right. But there are many days where I am sitting in the house with Lucia, she is changed and fed and staring around and I find myself thinking "what on earth am I supposed to be doing with this baby?? I do tummy time, I read to her, we dance, I sing to her (she laughs), we play on her play-mat, her jumper...but I find myself bored after a while with the same toys and routine. I try and get out with her a few times a week but that is exhausting...and we have toys around her a lot, but she plays with them for a minute and then drops them and looks at me like...uh whats next lady. Then a conversation will come up and it will go a little something like this... "Lucia are you bored?" Lucia: blank stare...."Yea me too."
So more times than I would like to admit I find myself Googling "what should I be doing with my (insert age) month old?" I know she is just a baby, but I want to keep her senses going and I hate just plopping her on the mat for more than 15-20 minutes. I know the wall entertains her but I get bored and sometimes I know she does too. I get to stay at home with her all day so I want to make these times count.
So in my Googling this week I came across sensory play ideas. If you are not familiar with it... (I wasn't until baby came) sensory play is any activity that stimulates the senses (easy enough): touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. They say ( I use these phantom people to explain to Josh, my parents...everyone...all these things that we should be doing with baby... "They say no food till 6 months...they say there are chemicals in diapers, they say we should give her eye contact all the time ...you get the idea...) So yea...they say stimulating baby's senses helps develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively. Sounds good to me. So I continued to read on and they started talking about a sensory table. Basically you take a bunch of junk from around the house, glue it to a piece of wood or cardboard and let the baby play with it. Sounds easy enough to me. So lets give this a try.
Here is what Josh and I created.
Basically it was a whole bunch of crap I found around my house. Honestly, I thought Lucia would look at it, give me a blank stare and then move on to stare at something else...but her response was the complete opposite. The second we put it in front of her she started touching everything. She was pulling on the tinsel, running her fingers across the corks...and she had this concentrated look on her face the whole time. It was great.
Lucia also figured out that if she kicked the board it would make noises...so she loved doing that too. Look at those sausages go.
We also created a sensory bottle. We filled an old bottle with glitter and sequins. She LOVES that. Probably even more than her table. I mean look at her face in these two pictures below. I can't even handle it. How cute is that??!! Success.
Hello friends! I am Lisa. Lover of Christ and family, a former television reporter, and a wife and mom who strives to live a healthy, toxic free lifestyle.