Few of Our Favourite Things – 9-12 Months
It has been a while since I have written one of these. So to make up for it, this one is going to be a bumper one! So lets get on with it – these have been a few of our favourite things over the last 3 months.
1. Funtainer – Insulated Stainless Steel Food Jar by Thermos – These vacuum insulated food jars are great for when you need to travel with baby. They keep food hot for up to 5 hours (I have personally opened it after 3 hours and the food was still hot and fresh) and cold for up to 7 hours. Very handy and they come in a wide range of prints which kids love.
2. Lift-the-Flap Books – At around 6 months, Baby N was really keen on exploring textures in touch-and-feel books, but in the last couple of months he has developed a real interest in lift-the-flap books. I think its the similarity to his favourite game – peek a boo – that he really enjoys. He loves his 3 animal flap books and he says a big “Hiiiii” whenever he lifts the flap to reveal the animal hiding behind. Who’s Hiding in the Jungle also has touch-and-feel pages and rhyming verses which makes it our favourite.
3. Ride On Car with Handle – This is a great ride-on for smaller infants because it has a guard rail, foot rest and musical buttons on the steering wheel. We got this ride-on from MyKhilona for Baby N’s first birthday. He absolutely cannot get enough of it and I am worried I am going to have to buy one for him :-/ The good thing that stands out about this ride-on is the detachable handle at the back for us to conveniently push as well as steer without having to bend down.
4. Fisher-Price Play & Learn Activity Cube – Activity cubes are a great way to encourage independent play, promote fine motor skills and stimulate multiple senses. My boy can spend hours a day playing with the Fisher-Price Play & Learn Activity Cube. Watch my detailed video review here.
5. MyGym – What does a 9 month old have to do in a gym? Well you would be surprised! MyGym offers loads of fun activities for babies that encourage balance, co-ordination, agility and confidence. The facility is truly state of the art and the instructors are very friendly and interactive. Baby N has a blast doing dances, somersaults, tumbles, rides, even swinging from parallel rings (yes!!!). But here is the key thing for me – I happen to live where there are no children around. It is always a concern to me that Baby N does not really have any kids his age to interact with and how this is affecting his social development. We have been going to MyGym for 4 months now and I have to say I really seen him open up in this time. From being quiet, shy and clingy to squealing in excitement and running towards each activity…he has certainly come a long way. During separation time at the end of the class when the parents step back and the kids are encouraged to play with each other, mine used to be the one sitting alone doing his own thing, but lately he has started joining in with other kids and it is really heartening to see.
6. The Music Class (Musical Bonding) – Baby N has always responded to music, be it calming tunes right from when he was in the womb, soft lullabies to sleep, nursery rhymes when he is in a playful mood. He even does a little head banging to Bollywood music once in a while! The Music Class is a really fun programme that introduces children to beats, rhythms, pitches, instruments and body movements. You have all kinds of music from nursery rhymes to country, jazz, classical, instrumental and lullabies. Moreover it is a great way for the parent and baby to bond, and also for the child to meet and interact with other kids. We’ve been going ever since Baby N turned 6 months old and he absolutely enjoys it.
(Musical Bonding is the Indian franchise of the international programme The Music Class. Classes are currently available in Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad)
7. MyKhilona – Anyone with a child knows how soon children get bored of their toys. You spend big bucks buying the best toys in the market, there is a lot of excitement for a few days, and then the toys end up in storage never to be seen again. MyKhilona is an online toy library that allows you to rent out toys for a month at a time, which is just enough span to hold a child’s interest. It is extremely economical and convenient with delivery and pick-up right at your doorstep. Everything we have ordered has always reached us in excellent condition.They offer a huge range of toys, books, educational aids, sports equipment and even garden equipment (swings, slides, trampolines), cycles / ride-ons etc. But the main reason that MyKhilona makes it to our favourites list is the superb service they provide. Their team literally went out of their way to ensure that the toys I wanted for Baby N’s first birthday were made available and delivered to me on time.
8. Babyhug Convertible Car Seat – Baby N is loving his new car seat. We recently went on a 4 hour road trip and he was quite cozy in it, even dozed off all on his own. He is liking being independent, sitting in the car like an adult and gazing out of the window at all the wonderful sights. This is a convertible car seat with a detachable infant insert, which means it can be used in rear-facing as well as forward-facing mode from 6 months right up to 6 years.
9. Soul+Olie Full Buckle Carrier – Soul sent us this luxury limited edition carrier for review and it was love at first sight. The beautifully whimsical print has been designed by Olie, a Bangalore based studio specializing in hand-crafted decor. The cotton carrier is extremely soft, lightweight and most importantly, very cool and airy. Perfect for the coming summer months. I tried it for both front and back carries. It is sturdy and supportive and comes loaded with sleepy dust.
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