Nicolas celebrated his first birthday. If this photo looks a little fuzzy, that's because that is how this little guy was probably feeling. His selfish parents decided to take him on a 10 hour red-eye flight on the eve of his big day. Regardless, we celebrated with lots of naps and a failed attempt at eating a mini-cupcake. Nico's first birthday also means that David and I celebrated our first parenting anniversary. Therefore we are now certified experts on this whole first year of life, infancy phase--right? Maybe not.
|Happy Birthday Nico! Thanks for being such a good travel buddy.|
It wasn't long ago that David and I were staring at each other blankly asking---now what? I could only shake a rattle in Nicolas' face so many times before he was just as tired of it as I was. We quickly knew that we needed some purpose or direction in our interactions with him. Maybe for our sanity more than his. Cuddling with babies never gets old, but let's be honest. Playing with them can be monotonous.
We know that babies learn through play. As parents, we are their first teachers. It is important that we try to provide some "enriching experiences." So I crafted this list of activities for the first year. I laminated it and put it near his play area so whenever I was feeling uninspired I could grab it quickly for ideas. Almost everything can be done with some objects and items that you have on hand.
Do you have any good play activities to add to the list?