Growing Up

First Foods and First Messes

first foods and first messes - cleaned up with super soft WaterWipes
This entry is part 1 of 29 in the series Baby Days

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.  As always, all opinions are mine.

Baby skin is SO soft and so sweet.  I am not sure exactly when it loses that special baby-soft quality, but I know it disappears.  I have had friends want to smell my children, touch their whisper soft cheeks and soak in the sweet baby-ness that only lasts an instant.  Our sweet little man (AG) still has it – he is 8 months old – and I am soaking it up while I can.

Soon the snakes and snails and puppy dog tails will take over.  Our sweet little cuddle-bug  will be running around jumping in mud puddles.   Those milestone first foods will become first messes!  For now the messes are staying quite contained. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Sensory Play for Baby with Tissue Paper

sensory play for baby with tissue paper - discovering the world through simple sensory play. Lots of simple ideas for making it fun for baby!
This entry is part 2 of 29 in the series Baby Days

Our youngest one (AG, 7 months) is finally getting around a little bit more and spending more time awake during the day.  And it is so fun to watch him, as his sister says, “learn how to play.”  The discoveries he makes each day are so fun!  And this portion of his growing up is so fleeting – I feel the need to soak it all up!  Today we were playing with him and I just quickly decided to throw in a little sensory fun into the mix.  And it was so simple and added up to so much fun for all of us!

All we added to the mix was some colorful tissue paper!

This is such a great early sensory experience for AG because he is getting so much sensory input:

  • the wrinkling of the tissue paper provides something new to touch
  • the crinkling of the tissue paper provides something new to hear
  • the color of the tissue paper provides something new to see, and
  • the movement of the paper provides something new to wonder at

To create your own sensory play for baby, here are some ideas for introducing tissue paper play: Continue Reading

Growing Up

Early Development, Learning, and Fun: Baby Play – Sound

Baby play - sound
This entry is part 3 of 29 in the series Baby Days


The sitting, early crawling stage is such fun for babies and parents!  It is a time of exploration, discovery, and enlightenment.  We so enjoyed this stage with our first one but with time constraints couldn’t write it down and save it.  That is why I am so excited to be able to record the baby play activities we are doing with our W.

I love having some one on one time with her and being intentional about the brief quiet moments we have together.  So, while her big sister is napping we PLAY!  She develops, learns and has lots of fun (Oh, and I guess I do too!).

Here is how we first explored sound together: Continue Reading

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Baby Play

Baby Play
This entry is part 4 of 29 in the series Baby Days


I love to watch the eyes of our little ones as they experience something for the first time.  The look of interest mixed with joy or even discomfort (pureed peas, anyone?) is  priceless.  So I guess you could say it is my newest addiction.  But it is an addiction that inspires me to come up with different ways to see that look.  We had so much fun with each new experience with our oldest girl and are enjoying it just as much the second time around.

But this time, I am not pregnant (…yet) and so I have the opportunity to not only experience these firsts but to write about them here.  Thus, I am starting a new series called Baby Play where we will explore the earliest introductions to simple concepts with our little one through play.  Who says learning can’t be fun (and early)? Continue Reading

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Simple Baby Play: Ball Basics

baby play_ball basics 2
This entry is part 5 of 29 in the series Baby Days


There is SO much a baby can learn and enjoy with a simple collection of balls!  We explored textures, colors, and shapes among other things this week  when we focused on playing with balls with W.  We gathered up all the balls in the house and found a ways to play with her individually and with her older sister, G.  I thought I would share with you the simple ways we introduced ball play with W.  The benefits of simple baby play are many – helping to work on fine and gross motor skills, vocabulary, color recognition, sensory stimulation, and more.

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Toddler Activity Time

This entry is part 6 of 29 in the series Baby Days

This week in our One Year Old Preschool, we are focusing on the major parts of the body (legs, arms, head, and tummy).  It was very hard to come up with ideas for activities.  I thought about it all weekend and then on Monday, I had all sorts of ideas (amazing what a little bit of prayer will do).

This was a fun one for our focus on the head: HAT TIME!!

I went around the house and got every kind of hat I could think of (tam, ball cap, fedora, cloche, page-boy, sun, stocking cap) .  Then I thought about a couple of “offbeat” hats (a colander, a strainer, and a homemade paper hat) and threw them in a pile to be ready after nap time.  G is not so much on having anything on her head, but she did wear some of the hats for a very short time (long enough to capture the pictures).  We had a “rule”: Everybody wears a hat!  So, we did a lot of trading and exchanging as she took them off.  While we were trying them on, we looked in the mirror and talked about hats going on our heads.

I got the inspiration for the homemade paper hat from the children’s book Hetty’s 100 Hats and it has a how-to for the hat.

This was lots of fun, even if she was not that interested in wearing the hats!


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