I’m an on the go kind of kid but every now and then I have found that I need sleep. That’s right I admit it – I have to sleep. Now, Mom and Dad for a long time thought that if they just put me in my crib when I was sleeping peacefully in their arms everything would be okay, but recently they have figured out this isn’t the case. I mean seriously people who wants to wake up alone in a crib when they were being cuddled. You don’t sleep alone now do you?!? Anyway back to my point, to help me stay resting peacefully Mom and Dad gave me a little frog blanket. It is called a Lovey or something girly like that. My frog is perfectly safe and easy to hold. I love cuddling up with it and when I wake up just a little I rub the soft side and fall right back to sleep. My frog even smells like Mom and Dad. I have a sneaky suspicion that they carried it around under their shirts for a while but I don’t have any hard evidence to prove it. From one on the go kid to another, find a way to train your parents to help you sleep so you can be even more full of awesome than you already are!
Angel Dear Blankie, Brown Giraffe
My grandma and grandpa are so smart. For Christmas they bought toy shelves with baskets for my house. Sounds pretty boring I know but they are awesome! After Mommy and Daddy put them together, I could see all of my toys at once. Now I can make a mess twice as fast, make sure my oball didn’t go missing, or find my tambourine to make noise without getting distracted by something else first! I also love how my shelves are so sturdy that I can stand up and walk somewhere else without Mommy running to stop me. Best of all, Mommy thinks that the shelves were a present to her so they didn’t count as one of my gifts. That is why my grandparents are smart!
Tot Tutors Toy Organizer, Primary Colors
Kids take note that all toys are not created equal! I have quickly learned that some toys are interesting for a day while others have withstood the test of time, some toys are only cute the first time the noise happens (think of how annoying it is to Mom and Dad if I don’t even like it) while others even months later aren’t getting on my nerves, and let’s face it for Mommy’s sake some toys are easy to clean and others take forever to appropriately wash. Below is a short list of my favorites that Mom and Dad also approve of:
- Manhattan Toy: Ziggles – This toy several different textures and each dangling piece is a great size for my hands.
- Rhino Toys Oball Rattle – Oball bounces, rolls, rattles, smashes, and is easy to pick up! I got it at a very young 6 months and have loved every minute of playing with Oball. I have had it for a little over a month and still dig through my toy bin to find it.
- Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether – Sophie seemed like an unnecessary luxury to Mom and Dad; but, when I received her as a gift they decided to give her a try. I love to chew on her this is true but what I love even more is to stand her up or walk her along the floor.
- Sassy Ring O’ Links Rattle Developmental Toy – Links are great to chew on, pull apart, and slide onto your arm. These old standbys are necessary in any baby’s home (and diaper bag).
- Little Tikes Wee Waffle Blocks ‘N Bucket – It may seem crazy to have a box of blocks out for a 6 month old let alone a smaller baby but I have found them to be excellent toys. I love to pull apart waffle blocks Mom and Dad have put together and also love to try to stick them together myself. Mom and Dad often make larger blocks out of the waffle panels for me to stack.
This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy ate roast beef, this little piggy had none, and this little piggy drank milk fast and made his stomach groan. Burps are just about as bad as farts but once again it is better out than in. I do best at getting mine out if someone puts me up on their shoulder and pats me, but they also come out if I’m sitting and being patted. Sometimes burps don’t come out right away and they get stuck to un-stick them have your Mommy or Daddy lay you on your back and then help you sit up. Sometimes a little bouncing on their knee can help too. Have fun burping while it’s still cute in a few years we will be told it’s yucky!
My doctor keeps telling Mommy and Daddy that I have to sleep on my back. It is not my most favorite sleeping position but, he says that I have to sleep on my back because it is easier for me to breathe that way. I don’t know about you but I like
breathing so I let Mommy and Daddy lay me down that way. The doctor also said that I can’t have blankets or toys in my bed; so, Mommy either swaddles me up or puts me in what she calls a sleep sack to keep me warm. Sleeping is pretty great – you just have to get use to it!
Our stuff is expensive so Mom and Dad will have a hard time saving money. One way you can help them save money is to sign them up to be an Amazon Mom. Amazon.com runs specials on baby stuff all the time, especially on Mondays. By being an Amazon Mom, they will save 30% on baby stuff and will get free two day shipping! Then, you can spend the next 16 to 18 years trying to convince them to buy your first car or pay for college.
Your Mom and Dad are still learning – let’s face it they are new to this thing too. So, they may want/need to call someone to vent, talk, or ask a question. Don’t worry when they talk about you or your poop; they are doing it for your own good and their peace of mind. Sometimes they will want to talk with people who have kids too so that they can talk to someone who has been there, done that, or is still doing it. My Mom and Dad tell me no question is too silly to ask.
Now, I’m sure that you remember the secret code of baby language; however, it is more important now than ever that you use it. Your Mom and Dad will figure the code out eventually – keep using it even if it takes them awhile. Here is a quick reminder in case you forget one of our words.
Neh – “I’m hungry.”
Eh – “Burp me.”
Owh – “I’m tired.”
Eiarh – “I have gas.”
Heh – “I’m uncomfortable.”
The Dunstan Baby Language videos below also have examples in case you need to hear them again.