Having four boys before our SumoSam, this mother learns that play is any child’s natural way to learn. Now at 10 months old, our fifth child loves to play even right after waking up. He also enjoys his bathtime during which he plays pop the bubbles.
I find playing the best motivation for any baby to move around. Plus playing and running around are great ways for family members to connect with a youngster. These two activities are also opportunities to boost a child’s confidence with constant praises and encouragement. Aside from that, babies are able to strengthen their muscles by playing and moving around.
Our SumoSam loves to crawl a lot, sit up by himself, and hold on to anything within reach just to stand up. Given these milestones my son could do, we adjust and incorporate some in his day-to-day activities.
Let me share with you a few play ideas SumoSam and I often indulge at home.
Yes, despite being active, SumoSam still has his quiet tummy time. It is the moment when SumoSam is on his stomach while I gently massage his neck, head, back, and feet. He loves it when I run my fingers against his back. Tummy time, as I read, is a great exercise to help a baby build head, neck, and upper body strength. A strong upper body, head, and neck are essential for a child to pull himself as he learns to stand and walk.
Our son doesn’t struggle when he gets down on the floor or a blanket. Perhaps he knows I am just nearby. I sing to him as I stroke his back. Sometimes, I tickle his feet and hands, and he would give me his most charming giggles. He would then roll onto his back to face his mama, and that’s also the time when I caress his chest, neck, and arms. We do a lot of “I love you” massage using our favorite lotion.
Another favorite in the small house is finger-play. We do a lot of high fives and fist bumps. Every excellent job means high five and thumbs up.
Because our toddler loves to sing nursery rhymes, we let SumoSam join us as we sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” By joining us, our little guy also learns how to make the “Twinkle twinkle little star” gesture. We encourage both our little guys to move to the music, rhymes, and sound by making hand and finger movements.
SumoSam loves to tap the table or just anything he touches with his palm. He enjoys listening to the noise it creates. He loves the touch of the soft sofa as well as gets curious about the feel of the hard dining table.
Our little adventurer also enjoys reaching for his toys while lying on his back. He also finds enjoyment putting almost anything in his mouth and chewing it as if it is his favorite snack.
Yes, at the small house, we always have bubbles to blow. Our toddler loves to catch the bubbles his big brothers blow. Hence, our baby also enjoys the sight of bubbles floating up in the air.
As our 10-month-old boy reaches for the bubbles, he also learns proper hand-eye coordination.
At about nine months old, SumoSam was able to master how to get down from the bed with his feet first. He automatically crawls next to my work table where I usually stay for hours as I finish an article or two. When I am nowhere to be seen, he crawls towards the stairs and from there calls attention. Good thing he still doesn’t explore going down the stairs. He must have figured that it is something difficult to do. However, when he is downstairs, he explores going up.
To encourage our little guy to cruise around the house, we create a safe environment for him to explore. He holds on pieces of appliances to walk and just sail around the house. This simple holding on items teaches him cause and effect as well as develops his motor skills.
Learning through Movement
Though we’ve got a playpen, we only use it when needed. For instance, let’s say I need to finish my cooking, and I know it will just take 10 minutes maximum for me to finish the job, I will temporarily put SumoSam in his playpen. Same with the car seat, stroller, and highchair: we only use them when required. We believe that though they can be helpful, they can also restrict some of our baby’s movements.
Allowing our baby to move is suitable for his physical and emotional development. More than muscle strength, his self-confidence increases with every excellent job and praises. He also gets to familiarize with how his body parts work and how to use them.
Nothing can stop our little explorer to discover the small house and even the world outside his comfort zone. I enjoy seeing him crawl, walk with a guide, and reach for anything within his sight. It helps, too, that our diaper of choice retains its shape no matter how active my baby becomes.
Pampers Baby Dry has improved even more its magic gel channels to lock away the wetness evenly, providing three times the dryness and protection. When we tried the Pampers diaper test months ago, I saw how the magic gel channels evenly disperse the liquid around the diaper so it can be absorbed more efficiently and quickly.
I’ve noticed, too, that the diaper’s core is shaped into three channels, holding and turning the urine into a gel to help prevent leakage.
I also love that Pampers is made of absorbent materials that not only help prevent leakage but also help keep my SumoSam’s skin healthy. The absorbent materials draw wetness away from my baby’s skin.
Most babies learn how things work by experiencing them themselves. Though I guard our SumoSam so he will not get hurt from moving too much, I also believe that it is okay for him sometimes to get a few bumps and bangs when he plays. It is how he will learn. What is more important is that he can move freely and comfortably even when in a disposable diaper. Because it is when he moves that he gets to learn more.
This blog post is made in partnership with Pampers. All opinions are my own.