and when she's not practicing her head control in 'tummy time' on the old fashioned mat I found at the local charity shop, her favourite game is copying faces.
Popular wisdom suggests she is now approaching the developmental stage that spending some time under a baby gym swatting at interesting objects would be of benefit for a few months.
I'm not a huge fan of the commercial toys available for babies - they're expensive, yes, but the marketing of children's characters and screaming "look-at-me-now" colours just rub me the wrong way. Yes, I understand the benefit of bright colours for babies but seriously, some of these mats give me a headache just looking at the pictures.
I do like the Montessori idea of using everyday objects to learn from so I decided to make my own baby gym so I could hang whatever I want from it. I picked up a couple of hula-hoops from the local pound/dollar/random tat store, some adhesive velcro and string.
I simply removed the plastic do-hickey holding the two ends of the hula-hoop pipe together (the ends were easily found under the 'made in china sticker) and used the hooks part of the adhesive velcro to tape them together. I then added a couple of other bits of adhesive velcro to the top so I can secure various object hanging from string and easily remove/replace them. Place it over the upside down tummy time mat and voila!
|a purse, sock and slinky|
Its pretty basic and wondered what other people had done, so googled tutorials. They all put my effort to shame - but I have neither the time nor inclination to improve it at the moment. It works, and it wont be used for that long but if I change my mind and decide to make a more finished effort, or make one as a gift, I like this one the best.