Over the past month or two Isabella has reached many milestones and her interest in the world around us has increased massively. Now that she's crawling she loves nothing more than testing her boundaries and exploring wherever she can get to! However when she's done exploring and fancies a change these have been her favourites over the past month.
1) Wooden blocks - We picked up a box of wooden blocks from a local NCT sale and they've been one of the best toy purchases we've made so far. They've been perfect for chewing while Isabella's been teething, she loves tapping them together, passing them to me and they're small enough to pop a few into the changing bag for when we're out.
2) Ball-pit - When I first made the ball-pit in Isabella's playroom (just made out of a paddling pool) she wasn't that interested in it. In fact because she couldn't sit up in it she just kind of sunk into the balls...not much fun. However now that she can sit up and crawl she's been loving playing in the ball-pit, trying to eat the balls, passing them to me or chasing after them. We also had our first soft play experience this month because Isabella can now crawl. She enjoyed the huge ball pool there, even though there were older children throwing balls at us! (Is that normal at soft play centres? It's put us off visiting again for a while).
3) Food pouches - This month saw us give Isabella more fruit/vegetable pouches than normal as we were out visiting family/friends a lot and she loves eating from them. I say eating but it's more like sucking, she can eat a whole pouch in no time at all. Originally I was putting the puree onto a spoon and feeding Isabella, which worked well but when she grabbed a pouch out of my hand and started feeding herself we never really looked back. I obviously supervise her feeding herself, but you can tell she loves the independence of it. We have been using a mixture of shop bought pouches and putting my homemade meals into the Nom-Nom Kids pouches.
4) Next Wooly Hat - It's not been the coldest December ever but there have been some really cold days, which have been the perfect excuse to wear a wooly hat. I wasn't sure how Isabella would react to having something on her head for a long period of time, but she's been loving it. There's been no attempting to get it off and she looks so adorable all wrapped up warm!
5) String of gold beads - A classic Christmas decoration and a fun sensory experience for Isabella. She loves it when we put them into a mixing bowl and mix them around with a wooden spoon. They're noisy, shiny and can easily be held by little hands...a winning combination. We're hoping to pick some more colours in the post Christmas sales.
What has your little one been enjoying this month?
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