Baby Play – The Results

So last week I decided to make use of the time I have left before going back to work by going through a pack of baby games cards and I challenged myself to do 10.

1 – Body games – in front of a mirror ask ‘where’s  your tummy’, and point and say then move onto another body part.  Sing heads, shoulders, knees and toes.


This one we do quite a bit anyway, but I have sung the song at him every day.  He grins and sometimes trys to pat his head but whether that’s accident or design I’m not sure!

2- Paint hand prints onto some paper using non-toxic paint.



At Mum’s and Toddlers on Tuesday they were doing painting hand prints and so although he wasn’t doing the activity with me as my Dad took him along, he had fun getting painty and Mum and Dad have his artwork!

3 – Pointing can be encouraged by finding lots of things for baby to point at.  Read a book and point at the pictures and begin asking where items are.



This one has been fun.  We do read books quite a bit, but I’ve not been pointing before and I think this activity has helped as he’s looking where I’m pointing rather than at my finger now!!

4 – Ball games – roll a ball back and forth between you.  Lift baby to a standing position and swing him to ‘kick’ the ball.  Line up bottles and boxes and roll the ball like a game of skittles.




I have to say, we didn’t have a ball that was the right size until this week when we went out for the day in Bourton on the Water!  They had a lovely toy shop for boys and lo and behold, his first football!  It’s just the right size for him to kick, and catch (well, hug) and he seems to be enjoying it!

5 – Help babies curiosity by putting some small objects in a pillowcase to find.  Use noisy toys such as jingly toys, rattles, clattering spoons and rustly paper. 



We tried this one but it didn’t seem to inspire much.  I think Joel’s getting to the point of just wanting to be extra active at the moment and sitting quietly isn’t on his to do list this week!

6 – Make a postbox from a cardboard box with a slit and let baby post household objects.




This kept him entertained for quite a while.  He had some plastic blocks for Christmas from his Aunty Louise and Uncle Nick and they’re perfect for posting into the hole!  Along with various other things he finds such as remotes and spoons!

7 – Make a photo gallery and go through it with baby to identify family members.



We have been going through the photo albums and showing him family folk, but he prefers skype!!

8 – Crawling games – have fun crawling with your baby and race each other to encourage your baby to keep up.



One of his favourite games at the moment, as discovered by his Daddy, is chasing him making roaring noises! We crawl along and he giggles away, and commando crawls very fast looking over his shoulder to see how far we are behind, and then waits to be pounced upon for tickling!!!

9 – Play tent – peg a blanket over the backs of two chairs and let baby explore the space inside.



These last two I have to admit are currently outstanding and will be added to next weeks list as we had family up for half of half term so we couldn’t do the original plans as we were being hospitable!!

10 – Go fishing.  If baby likes to drop things for you to collect and pass back.  Try attaching objects to baby’s high chair with elastic and show him how to pull them back up again.

Plus, I need to buy some elastic for this one!!!

Cousin Time….

Yesterday we went out to the Wolesley Wildlife Centre.  It’s a lovely place to wander around, with winding paths, things to see and do, and lots of birdlife.
Eyeing the Canada Goose!
My sisters and co…..
Isaac and Theo swan watching…
Sitting on their throne!

Joel loved seeing his big boy cousins and played happily with them all afternoon, crawling and getting involved in the train set mum put out for them!  He can’t wait to run about and be a big boy like they are!

Culturing the Baby!

I guess whilst he’s a little one we can get away with boring him by going to museums and things like that!  The thought of a tiny tot terror running amock around the Emma Bridgewater shop is a bit terrifying, but whilst he’s in his buggy we can do these things now.

Yesterday we went to the Potteries museum in Stoke on Trent.  It was a great place, with lots to see, and entertaining too.  My in-laws are up from Devon and like most people from ‘the south’ felt that Stafford is way up north, and very bleak, industrial and with a funny accent!

When Steve moved here for University they were worried about where he’d be living, and were pleasantly surprised to find there was grass and fields, and woodlands and that sort of thing!!  Staffordshire is one of the longest counties in the UK and we have all manner of lands from the industrial black country at the south, the green and pleasant lands for the middle and the moors and fells of the north part!  We have Cannock Chase in the middle and rolling fields and I think it’s  beautiful here!

Anyway, I digress.  The point is they’d never been to Stoke and it was nice to show them somewhere new and a bit of where my family is from.  My Grandma left school at 14 to work in the potteries (she was a lithographer) and there’s so much history surrounding Stoke.

The Museum is well worth a visit.  They have various areas, with a spitfire (Reginald Mitchell was a local person who designed them, doesn’t specify how local so must google him!) and history through the decades.  Chris was a bit put out that things he remembers from the ’60’s are now in a museum and not considered modern or useful anymore!!  In the ceramics area we found a piece of Cranston pottery, made in the 1920’s by a smaller pottery firm called Pearl pottery.  And it was a lovely big, light and airy room with lots of space for Joel to have a good crawl about as he was getting bored of being pushed in his buggy.

In the afternoon after our oatcake lunch at the museum cafe, we popped over to Emma Bridgewater’s shop and bought a few bits and bobs.  I found a pint mug in the seconds with my name on, perfect to match my pink heart ‘Kate’ plate (also found in the seconds)!  Chris and Wendy got a couple of mugs as well and enjoyed the place, it was really busy with it being half term.

Then we headed home to Stafford with a tired baby, worn out from all the visits we’d made.

Go With The Hunches!

After getting in to see the same doctor as our previous visit, I was glad (although not for Joel being ill of course!) but that there was something there.  The doctor said that he had crackling on the back and front of his chest so his infection had got there and he’s now on antibiotics to help sort it out and after a few days so far, he seems to be getting better.  His cough was quite jagged and hard and it was horrible for me to hear him, and I just wished that i could take his illness and have it myself.

He’s been a good patient, still happy in himself, and sleeping really well at night, going through most nights this week, and although his eating did wane a little to begin with, he is back on form!  Or maybe it’s his favourite tomato pasta meal as he eats a ton of it every time!

Anyway, the upside is he seems to be getting back to normal and the extra bonus is he’s sleeping through the night and waking between 6.30 – 8.00am!!  Which i can cope with!

Cough Cough

Joel has had a bit of a cold and a cough for over a week now.  I can’t remember when it began exactly, I just know he missed the previous week’s mums and toddlers with it, and bounce and rhyme but seemed better this week and went to his groups again.

After his nursery visit yesterday they commented that he had been coughing a lot after his lunch and on getting him home, his cough seemed a lot worse than it had been previously.

He went to bed ok, after milk and calpol, and before I went to bed I lifted him for a bottle and another calpol dose (having not put the cap on properly last time, as I shook the bottle vigorously it emptied half the bottle over me, in my hair, down my pyjamas and dripped onto the floor).

Steve came in to help me and we got his dose down him and put him back to bed whilst I had to go and shower all the nasty red sticky stuff off then when I went up to bed he was coughing again, very violently, and I picked him up, and he was sick on my shoulder (and clean pyjamas too!)

It took lots of cuddles and rocking to get him back to sleep again and he didn’t seem to be coughing in his sleep, but this morning it’s back and it’s raspy and barking.  I don’t want to think of the words croup or whooping cough yet but the Dr we saw last time about it (it’s just viral pharyngitus and we can’t do anything) did say to bring him back if it got worse and in my mind this is worse so we’re going back to see him again.

Baby Play

A friend from church lent me some playing cards called ’50 things to do with your baby’.

I’ve been thinking that it would be a nice thing for me and Joel to undertake as many as we can before I go back to work, to try some nice mummy and baby fun activities to just enjoy our last few weeks together.

So here’s the first list we’ll try next week:

1 – Body games – in front of a mirror ask ‘where’s  your tummy’, and point and say then move onto another body part.  Sing heads, shoulders, knees and toes.
2- Paint hand prints onto some paper using non-toxic paint.
3 – Pointing can be encouraged by finding lots of things for baby to point at.  Read a book and point at the pictures and begin asking where items are.
4 – Ball games – roll a ball back and forth between you.  Lift baby to a standing position and swing him to ‘kick’ the ball.  Line up bottles and boxes and roll the ball like a game of skittles.
5 – Help babies curiosity by putting some small objects in a pillowcase to find.  Use noisy toys such as jingly toys, rattles, clattering spoons and rustly paper.
6 – Make a postbox from a cardboard box with a slit and let baby post household objects.
7 – Make a photo gallery and go through it with baby to identify family members.
8 – Crawling games – have fun crawling with your baby and race each other to encourage your baby to keep up.
9 – Play tent – peg a blanket over the backs of two chairs and let baby explore the space inside.
10 – Go fishing.  If baby likes to drop things for you to collect and pass back.  Try attaching objects to baby’s high chair with elastic and show him how to pull them back up again.

I think he’ll cope with all those!