I thought the days when Avery only wanted me to hold her would never end. Although I love to hold her and realize that these moments won’t last forever, there were times when I really needed to get stuff done and baby wearing just wasn’t an option. That’s when I began pulling out all the stops and all of my little tricks to try to keep her entertained.
She wasn’t a fan of her swing (she only likes that for sleeping,) she was too small for the Bumbo, and she wasn’t having it in her bouncer. Then I suddenly realized that I had a hidden gem tucked away from when Harlan was a baby; the play mat.
Because I haven’t been reading any of the baby books or emails this time around, I didn’t know when it was the “appropriate” time to bring out this baby item. I shouldn’t have waited as long as I did, because as soon as I put her under it, she fell in love!
Her eyes immediately widened as she saw the magical sea creatures above her. She started to coo as she watched herself in the mirror above. And for the first time in almost two months, I realized that I might actually be able to get things done without having her attached to me.
Of course she didn’t stay under that thing forever, but what made me the happiest was that it provided me with some relief and it gave her some stimulation. The play mat has now become part of our daily routine. She will sit under it as I try to prepare dinner and we also spend tummy time underneath it. The bright colors keeps her attention and she loves it when her big sister shakes the rattle above her.
I love that a little mat can provide me some relief when I need it the most.
What piece of baby gear do you love because it keeps your babies attention?
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