I bet you’re wondering what’s happening in the world of play at my house… I am. Play has been different around here, and in my attempt to let play be child-led, I have been letting Walter take control.
There haven’t been any discovery baskets and there haven’t been any organized activities this past couple of weeks because Walter is interested in growing his Gross Motor Skills. This baby is ON. THE. GO. That’s right, Walter just wants to go. Check out THIS iPhone Instagram Video of him on the go.
He’s crawling. He’s pulling himself up. He’s going. He’s worked his way from an army crawl to being on-all-fours. He likes to push a chair around. He likes to push anything around. I sit on the couch and watch him pull himself up on the big chair, on his megablok table, on the laundry basket, on the dining room chairs, on the baby gate, on the change table, on the bed… the list is endless. That is literally all he does. It’s all he wants to do.
This wanting to move comes with its own set of challenges. Walter doesn’t want to slow down. It’s hard to convince him to rest and sleep. It’s been a tough week to get him down for a nap, or bedtime. We’ve gone for car rides and walks. We listen to soft music and we do it all. It’s a battle. It’s hard.
So, I’ve ordered him a push/pull toy to play with. I leave out a little chair for him to push around (so far it hasn’t scratched my floors) and I just let him be mobile. I’ve done a fairly good job of keeping the house clean and safe, but it can always use improvements.
Things I’ve learnt… In relation to this topic.
Nursemaids Elbow – I just learnt about this, and with Walter on the go, I have picked him up from his arms because I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to. So follow the link and take a read and pick your baby up safely. Not from the arm. It’s dangerous. #sharetheknowledge
Mama OT – This is one of my most favourite bloggers about infant/child development. Her work really resonates with me.
Janet Lansbury – While I’m not entirely about to become a RIE parent, some of her concepts really speak to me. Someone once shared an article with me about creating ‘yes spaces’ for independent play. I can’t find the entire article anymore, but take a peak around. I truly believe parenting is about picking and choosing what works for you from a variety of resources.
Anyone have some great activities to share for mobile 9 month olds? I’d love to see. I’ve been dreaming of building him a Pikler Triangle but I’m not sure I’m up for the task or have the time to do it.