Baby E is 7 months now. He’ll grab any object within his reach straight to his mouth, play with his toes, shake toys, bang things against the floor/table and trying his best to crawl.
Gosh… It seems just yesterday, Baby E was so teeny tiny in my arms. Now he’s 7 months!
Montessori’s simple approach to babies are
- respect all babies as individual human beings
- allow them as much freedom of movement as possible
- help them to become increasing independent by creating a safe, child-friendly environment that makes it easier for them to explore
Excerpt from: How to Raise An Amazing Child The Montessori Way by Tim Seldin
We do not have a play pen in our home for the reason of freedom of movement and of course that is a deliberate decision. We had to ensure that there is minimum dust on the floor hence, the floor is cleaned every morning before Baby E wakes up. Furniture is kept to a minimum. Toys with small parts are kept away from his reach.
I bought a 2nd hand Ikea Leka wooden gym from carousel a few months ago and noticed that Baby E’s interest towards it has faded.
Montessori infant development highly recommends a baby gym minus the bells and whistles. I wanted something wooden, beautiful, simple & most of all, affordable.
Benefits of a baby gym:
- Visual Perception
- Grasping & Reaching Skills
- Gross Motor Skills
- Self Awareness
- Sensory Stimulation
You may read more here.
One thing I love about this gym is it is so easy to hack!
I changed out the hanging toys and replaced it with some lacing beads and strings. Baby E was curiously watching me as I change up his old toy into and old-new toy!
He enjoyed pulling on the bead hanging on spiral cord as it tends to spring back when he releases his grasp.
Even his big brother Big E enjoys crawling under and pretend to be a baby.
Here’s other Pinterest inspirations for the Leka Gym hack.
4. Claire Leina
Hope you will enjoy hacking your baby toys as much as I did.