There are a few new things Evan has been loving (i.e. playing with and chewing on constantly) this last month. These posts are, in general, going to be pretty short and sweet, because let’s face it…he’s a baby. Like I said in the last one of these posts, give him anything with a tag and he’s good. (Seriously…what is it with tags and babies???)
Let’s just dive right in:
The Peek-a-Boo Panda by Melissa and Doug
When Evan got this for Christmas I never would have imagined the pure joy that would spread across his face when he is playing with it. I don’t know if it’s the blue eyes that catch his attention, or the cute little panda smile, but oh my goodness…this kid loves his panda. No matter what he is already playing with or even if he is whining or crying about something, if I pull this out and make the panda play peek-a-boo with him, he starts grinning from ear to ear. Sometimes he even starts laughing. It is adorable. Plus, the toy is small so if doesn’t take up a lot of shelf space (or bag space when I take it with me places) and it is pretty inexpensive. I’m excited to watch Evan figure out how to make the panda play peek-a-boo all on his own.
Baby’s First Blocks by Fisher-Price
We purchased this bucket of blocks at Walmart for less than $10. Evan plays with this all the time. The blocks are great because they are structured so it is really easy for him to grasp (and chew!) them and pick them up. Placing the blocks in the correct space in the lid is way beyond him right now, but he loves taking all of the blocks out of the bucket. This entertains him for at least 30 minutes at a time, no joke. The blocks go in, the blocks come out, the blocks go in, the blocks come out. So. Much. Fun! They hold up well to teething, everything wipes clean really easily, and at the end of the day I can put everything back inside the bucket and put it on his toy shelf all nice and organized. The only thing I wish were a little better is the lid–it doesn’t click on at all–it just kind of rests on top. Honestly though I think Evan likes it better off anyway, haha.
Baby’s First Library: Animals, Numbers, ABC’s
These books are great because they are a durable board book that withstand the constant chewing of my little boy (teething means literally everything in his mouth…all day, all the time!) The pictures are big and bright, and he loves to flip the pages all by himself and “read” his books. He thinks it’s especially silly when I make the animal noises for him! We found ours at a local library book sale, but I think they are pretty inexpensive to buy. Right now we have just the animals, numbers, and ABC’s books, but apparently they make quite a few other titles as well. You can check them out on Amazon–I know they are available there for sure.
When Evan sees himself in the mirror, he goes nuts. Smiling, laughing, shrieking, giving himself a high-five, and every now and then pressing his whole face up against his reflection as if he were giving himself a kiss. It’s so funny! He just loves catching a glimpse of his reflection. Sometimes I catch him starting to smile at himself in the window of the car before I open the door to put him in his car seat. So cute. The only problem is that most mirrors on things for babies/toddlers are totally distorted and all fun-house-like. Regardless, he loves to see himself. We haven’t bothered purchasing anything special; usually we just let him play in front of our closet doors which are mirrored floor to ceiling, and he has one toy from a tummy-time gym that has a mirror on it. But that’s about it.
That’s about it for this month! As was the case last month, I am not being compensated in any way to recommend these products–they are simply items that Evan really loved at 7 months old that I wanted to recommend to all you other moms and dads out there who might be looking for ideas!