We’ve made it to month two of being new parents without much damage! If you’ve gotten the chance to read about our baby’s favorite toys at one month, you would know that I am a huge fan of the Montessori method of education. Be forewarned, most of the toys we use are very Montessori-esque. I love that the approach is so focused on the child, his or her learning and guided independence. It’s something I’ve always believed in which encouraged me to become a teacher right as soon as I could get a job (nope, currently not a teacher right now).
Since our baby is still two months old, my plans to build him a homeschool curriculum are on hold until we get there. However, because I like structure, and it seems Baby Bear does too, we have two or three “classes” a day: Story Time, Music Class & Foreign Language Class. Yes, we are raising a bilingual child.
Before anyone freaks out, these classes I have with my baby are simply intentional awake times set with age appropriate activities for the specific subject. Read on till the end to see how our classes look like.
Our Baby Bear at two months is way more communicative than before! By the second month of a baby’s life, they enter into a world of patterns. They start to hear, see and feel them within themselves and the world around them. On top of their vision still developing, this is also that special time when they discover their hands, start exploring their movement and try grasping things.
This is why I love sharing music and words with our baby while using toys that are size appropriately for him. Also, not only is he able to smile and coo along, but he is able to move his hands to the pattern of the sounds he hears. Every now and then, he is able to grasp one of the toys and fling it around robotically to the beat.
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Today, let me share with you our baby boy’s top 3 favorite and best toys at 2 months old.
Rattle and Removable Ball (Lovevery)
At first, I had no idea what to do with this toy from Lovevery’s The Looker Kit and just gave it to our baby to suck on. I am glad that all the Lovevery Kits come with a guide for the toys, to help the parents understand its purpose because this toy had more to it than getting drool all over it… although the bumpy textures on the silicon seemed to interest him.
I would use this for him to practice grasping and tracking. This was a new and interesting black and white shape for him to look at. I would put this above him then he would follow with his eyes and head moving side to side. When he would get distracted, I could simply shake it and the rattling sound would get his attention again. It was good to have this uniquely shaped rattle because Baby Bear seemed to be getting bored with the first few ones we used.
If you read my previous blog, you would know that baby loves his rattles. This wooden one from Amazon not only looks different but also produces a different sound, which seems to fascinate Baby Bear. I love that it is made of high quality and baby safe wood which helps introduce him to a new and natural kind of texture.
I mean there’s nothing more to say about this.. it’s a timeless wooden rattle.
Wooden Black & White Book (Lovevery)
What I love about this book from Lovevery’s The Looker Kit besides that my baby loves it, is that its quality is superb and is made with sustainably harvested wood. But our baby could care less about that right now, right? I like to make up stories starring the different animals in the book. Because I don’t have to read any words, I get to make eye contact with our baby while I tell him my story, which also helps me be more creative and expressive while talking. I think he enjoys being able to see all that and has fun talking with or over me too. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE books with words.. all books. But minimal picture books like this, I have found, are a fun way to simplify and really bond with my baby.
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As promised, here are how my classes with Baby Bear look like:
Story Time (first activity when he wakes up after feeding)
- make up stories with this picture book
- read the books we have
- tell him stories about the life we experience
Music Class (before lunch nap)
- sing (or make sounds) together
- listen to CDs or playlists on Spotify
- follow the beat by shaking the rattles
- gently tap his belly, hand or foot to the rhythmsing (or make sounds) together
Foreign Language Class- Filipino/Cebuano (after lunch)
- talk to him about my day in Cebuano
- ask Daddy Bear for a topic, and I talk about it in Cebuano to Baby Bear
- read Filipino/Cebuano books
- sing Filipino songs
DISCLAIMERS. This blog is solely an expression and documentation of MY journey as a new mom.
Cliché as it may be: our baby is different from your baby— all babies are different. My journey as a woman, wife & mother is different from yours— we are all different. My partnership with my baby looks different from your partnership— because surprise surprise, things are just different. I do not claim to be an expert in motherhood or being a wife. These are all my opinions, my own research and my own journey.
It is my hope that this blog helps you navigate yours a little bit easier.
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