In our first seven months as parents, we have read all the books we can get our hands on, and the recurring theme for education in those early years resounds: A child’s first job is play.
We are giving our baby plenty of opportunities to engage his five senses to facilitate neurological development, priming him for later learning tasks that will require focus and motor skills (not to mention, sensory activities are FUN)! We are trying not to break the bank, in doing it.
Here are some of our favorites, from birth to seven months (so far):
Bottles, bins, bags, baskets; you name it, we’ve tried it!
We make going to the library a weekly “to-do” in our home. Someone always finds something, or many somethings!
Dollar Tree Finds
I will admit, I am a sucker for the Dollar Tree in our neighborhood. When it comes to craft and decorating items, mailing supplies, and kids educational resources/tools the prices
are can be unbeatable.
Here is an additional resource for what NOT to buy at Dollar markets; I pretty much agree with the author on all of these:
I proudly wave the Goodwill flag. I shop there and donate there frequently for our family. Nobody has complained yet about the amazing deals I’ve scored, or the wool sweaters I’ve lanolized and upcycled into diaper covers, or the brand new nursery and playroom furniture, or…
Recommended Sensory Products:
Baby Paper – Because Babies Love to Play with Paper “Small enough for tiny hands to grasp, Baby Paper makes a “paper’ sound that keeps babies occupied.”
What do you recommend for baby’s first year?
Coming soon: Busy Bags, Quiet Books