We Have a Toddler Who Loves to Climb : How Do We Keep Him Safe?

Certainly not by making him wear gears or putting him on crib or playpen.

Since we found out about Montessori method when my son was about to turn 9 months, we started preparing his environment to give him more freedom to move. Since then his transition was remarkable. He became an expert in conquering physical challenges for a baby. He learned to walk before he turned one. We did not use a walker to help him walk. We bought him a walker though but we didn't use it for long because I found out about Montessori which is great! He just simply discovered gradually that he can stand up and walk on his own.

Now that he is 19 months and certainly on a sensitive period for movement, he is so fascinated with climbing, which is very normal for his age. However, this stage can also be a very challenging moment for his guide at this point, aka me, his mom!

One thing I do to keep my mover toddler safe on his climbing adventures is by actually allowing him to do so.  Instead of preventing him to do, what we normally perceived as dangerous stunts for a toddler, such as climbing on a chair, on stairs, or on his shelf, I allow him to do those things so I can observe if he can come down on his own safely. 

Doing Montessori at home taught me to trust my child. I or my husband always stay near him so we can help him if he needs it. Otherwise, I let him do the climbing and coming down on his own. Most often than not he knows what to do. He even knows how to slow motion a fall and to prevent his head from bumping the floor. It's pretty amazing that he can do those things really.

I have more peace of mind knowing that he can safely go down. I always give him the opportunity to master the movement he's experimenting. Notice how toddlers tend to do some movements over and over again? That means they are learning to coordinate their movement. 

Montessori noted “Children naturally like to have exercises which are complete in themselves, even if they serve no direct outer purpose … but are a preparation for the activity which is to come. These are what we call ‘cycles of activity’ Children do these things that seem useless, with great care and interest. They seem useless to us but the child is preparing himself and learning to coordinate his movements.” - Montessori from the Start

Only when I know that he already mastered the movement that I can leave him for a while if I need to do something and not worry so much that he will hurt himself. 

If I prevented him from doing those things,  he will not learn and he will try them again for sure when I wasn't looking which can lead to accidents If I made him wear some gears like a helmet or other protective gears for babies he will not find out what will hurt him and what will not and he will not learn how to protect himself which can lead to more serious injuries. Surely, you cannot expect your baby to wear those gears all the time?

Of course, in every freedom we give, we also set some limitations and we set ours as soon as possible. If he wants to climb something that isn't safe, we let him know onset and we tell him as gently as we can. If we see that we really cannot prevent him because, you know, toddler, always on a mission, we try to make the necessary changes to make it safer for him. Have you noticed in the photos how many times we changed the position of the shelf? We tried every angle to make it safer for him to climb. But we can only do this in our own house, so when we visit someone else's house we really watch him very closely.

"Instead of placing the burden on your child to avoid things, shift that burden to yourself to prepare your environment in a way that allows your child's natural development to unfold!" - The Kavanaugh Report

If I didn't find out about Montessori and made an effort (read...read..read...) to understand why my toddler does what he does, I would've been so stressed right now trying to prevent him from doing his stunts for fear of hurting himself. I would even be one of those parents who will put a helmet on his head. I might also view his being a mover as being naughty or bad and I might punish him just to make him safe. As a result, we will be both miserable every day.

Of course, things don't always go smoothly. We sometimes find ourselves dealing with meltdowns and power-struggle if he wants to climb something we think is unsafe. I think that it's normal. At the end of the day, I try to just remain calm, consistent and make him feel that I am ready to embrace him when he recovered from a meltdown.

I am really grateful because I now have the wisdom to understand that every movement my baby does has a purpose and every movement he makes leads to his self-formation. I am here to support him and guide him all the way!

I am not saying that you also let your toddler loose and make him do whatever he wants if you are not comfortable. We have different styles of parenting, we have different children and household. This is just what's work for us and what keeps me and my baby happy with all his everyday adventures. I changed my perspective. Instead of thinking that he is being naughty or hard to deal with like I might have if I didn't prepare myself, I now view his stunts and adventures as learning opportunities for him. Understanding that he is learning in everything he does makes it easier for me to give him freedom even though sometimes the things that he likes to do looks ridiculous. 

"Developing movement in the youngest Montessori children also lays the foundation for future cognitive development. Children who are free to move and explore learn to pursue their own interests. And learning to move to get something just out of reach is a lesson in problem-solving." http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com

What's important is that we, as parents make an effort to understand our children and their needs and we respond to them appropriately. I strongly believe that aside from prepared environment it is also important to be a prepared adult in order to keep our little movers safe and happy. 

I hope you are having a great week so far! Thanks for being here!

Mommy Hacks: Budget-Friendly Organizing and Cleaning Hacks

There are tons of organizing and cleaning hacks on the internet particularly on Pinterest.  I am guilty of trigger-happy pinning them on my Pinterest board. However, when I try to apply those organizing and cleaning hacks in my own home, I realized that not many of them work for us and some are not even budget-friendly.  Let's face it, some hacks require us to buy a certain item in order to implement them in our home.

Since I became I mom, I've been constantly searching for solutions to make our home more organized without spending a lot.  One of my popular posts on this blog is about organizational hacks to save space. I am not surprised because I know, that majority of my readers are moms like me. Us moms have so much on our plate already, so if we discover something that can make our life easier, we welcome it with open arms! Right? And then share our discoveries with other moms! Thus here I am today doing just that!

I am going to share with you four simple budget-friendly organizing and cleaning hacks that you can actually implement as soon as possible. These are my absolute favorite hacks I discovered last year and I think they are worth sharing.

Organize your beddings and save closet storage by folding your beddings and pillowcases nicely then put all of them in one matching pillowcase. You'll save a lot of space in your closet and they look more organized. Not to mention it will be easier for you to change your beddings next time because everything you need is inside that one pillowcase.

It will also save your sanity especially if you have a toddler like me who loves to pull everything out of the closet. One of my son's favorite pastime is pulling out beddings paraphernalia from our closet and prompt me to change the sheets. The number of stuff, I need to refold and stack in the closet made me crazy. But since I started using this hack, it made my life so much easier. I only have to deal with one pillowcase which I can easily shove back inside the closet. Also, it will be easier for him to return them if he wants too. Lately, he's been manifesting his sensitive period for order.

Save time in changing the trash bag in your trash bin by lining two to three trash bags at the same time. I love this simple hack because dealing with trash is my least favorite task. It helps that I don't have to line trash bag every time I throw the trash. This hack is very simple yet very helpful.   

Use toilet paper rolls to store wires charger, earphones, and other small knick-knacks. Wires, wires, and more wires. It makes me crazy. I tried putting them in one drawer, I also tried rolling them with rubber bands or ribbons and put them in a box but somehow they still end up everywhere. So I figured, I'll try this hack. It works because all I have to do after using my wire charger is shove it inside the tissue roll in my drawer and it's out of my sight. Same with other things that can easily pile up and make a mess like flash drives, hair ties, pens etc. 

Do some spot cleaning every day instead of cleaning the whole house in one day. This applies to those moms who don't have house help like we do. I am grateful because both men I live with (my husband and Papa, an uncle who I consider my second father) can clean up after themselves and help maintain the cleanliness of the house. Thus I only clean the areas they don't cover. That's our bedroom, the bathroom in our bedroom and some areas in the kitchen.

Since I look after my son, I can only do cleaning when my husband is home or when my baby is sleeping. But since my husband works graveyard sometimes he's still asleep during the day. Over time, I learned to just do spot cleaning daily rather than spend one whole day cleaning everything that needs to be cleaned. I make a schedule of a spot I can clean for a short amount of time daily. 

Let say for this day, I will clean up the toilet bowl and the bathroom walls in the morning and do the floor in the evening. Then the following day I will clean the oven and microwave. It really depends on how much time I have for cleaning every day. I don't have a lot of time to tell you the truth because I still do other things aside from taking good care of my son. But doing some spot cleaning is a great hack to still somehow stay on top of your home cleaning game. 

What are your favorite organizing and cleaning hacks? I hope you find this post helpful. Thanks for being here!

10 Things I've Learned as a New Mom

“One generation full of deeply loving parents would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world.” - Charles Raison14

That pretty much summarizes how important our role as parents not only in our children's lives but to the whole world. 

I've been working as a full-time mom 24/7 for more than 18 months now! Whew! It's really the most tiring, the most difficult yet most rewarding job ever. So many things have changed in my perspective,  personality, attitude and most especially my views on parenting and raising a child. There are also plenty of things I've learned as a new mom and I want to share them with you today. 

I know I am just starting to this difficult wonderful journey to motherhood and I will definitely learn and unlearn more as I go along. I wish parenting has an easy to follow guidelines and simple hacks but alas it is far more complicated than that. 

I included some of my favorite excerpts from the parenting books I read and currently reading that I know may be useful especially to parents of a toddler.  

Here are the things I've learned as a new mom. 

Parenting is harder than I expected. I watched this video of Kristina Kuzmic titled I was Perfect Mom...Until I had Kid. And that video is on point! I can totally relate to it. Before I had Jarvis, I told myself, I am going to be this calm, cool and patient mom. I will never lose control in front of my child. Guess what? My baby is just 18 months and I already lost control 1,000 times. Kidding. But I did lose control more times than I'd like to admit. Whew.!Parenting is tough. Those who said otherwise are liars! 

I know I need to change and work on staying cool. So I try to address my issues by understanding my toddler, which leads me to the next thing I learned as a new mom, that...

I cannot wing my way to parenting and just rely on my instinct. I need help! I need to educate myself on how to deal with my child. I need books. I need great parenting articles. I need advise from parents I look up to. I discovered that I like to go the positive parenting and gentle parenting route. I want to do away with punishments and practice problem-solving with my child. 

"To love toddlers is to know them." No Bad Kids, Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury

When he misbehaved, we will try to find solutions by consulting him and asking him first what he wants to do to solve the problem instead of just punishing him and explain later. It's not going to be easy but no one says parenting is a walk in the park. I also know that it might not work all the time but we will try our best. 

There is no bad baby/child. I considered writing a separate post for this because I have a lot to say about this topic. But I decided to just include it here. 

Jarvis started slapping me and other people when he turned 14 months. Later on, he also started biting. He likes to bite certain people like his dad, probably because his dad laughs when he's being bitten, and his 2-year-old cousin. When someone tries to annoy him his defense is to bite or throw things or slap the person. At first, we associated the biting with teething but recently he's not teething and he still bites. The slapping has subsided but he sometimes throws things when he gets frustrated. I was so concerned when he started doing those things. I don't want Jarvis to be a bad kid. I feared that I am raising him the wrong way. Also, I cannot help but feel a little embarrassed when he slaps and bites other people.

To understand my son more and find out how we can assist him in this stage of his toddlerhood, I read some articles online about toddlers who slaps, throw things or hurt others. I found out that most toddlers go through that stage and that it is normal.

"Toddlerhood can be a time of intense, conflicting feelings.  Children may need to express anger, frustration, confusion, exhaustion, and disappointment, especially if they don’t get what they want because we’ve set a limit. A child needs the freedom to safely express his feelings without our judgment.  He may need a pillow to punch. Give him one." -No Bad Kids, Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury

There are several reasons toddler slaps, throw things or hurt others. One of those is that they are trying to tell us something they need.  They might also do it out of frustration or they think its fun or they like your reaction when they do it. Whatever it is, it doesn't mean that they are already bad. They are still learning a lot of things including how to control their emotions and express their need. Even grown-ups can sometimes lose control and lash out. 

I learn that my job as a parent is to teach my son about what is the right thing to do and avoid calling him bad or even punish him. 

"As the title of this book states, in my world, there are no bad kids, just impressionable, conflicted young people wrestling with emotions and impulses, trying to communicate their feelings and needs the only way they know how. When we characterize them as bad because we’re frustrated, confused, or offended by their behavior, we are doing them a great disservice. It is a negative label, a source of shame they may eventually start to believe about themselves. " -No Bad Kids, Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury

I highly recommend this book, No Bad Kids, Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury, if you are a mom of a toddler or soon to be a mom. Very helpful in understanding your toddler. 

Modeling is the best way to teach children. So I try to do a lot of that to Jarvis. I always apologize to people he hurt, to show Jarvis that we say sorry if we hurt other people. Then I will talk to him that we don't hit people because it will hurt them and we don't want to hurt people. 

I still don't see that he understands me right now or maybe he does. I cannot tell yet. But I will continue to tell him again and again because I believe that he will understand me eventually. 

"We mustn't forget that children are not just tiny adults. Developmentally, they have a long way to go, and the way their brains develop depends largely on how we interact with them."- The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting, Second Edition by Rebecca Eanes

I need to be the kind of person I want my son to be. 

"Behave the way you want your children to behave. They learn by watching your example! Let them see you being compassionate and kind."-  The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting, Second Edition by Rebecca Eanes

If I want Jarvis not to shout at me, I shouldn't shout at him too. And I shout when I lose my temper. I am really really and I mean really trying to work on that. 

Babies minds are absorbent thus they absorb everything in their environment. If the people in our home do not respect each other, chances are our children will not respect us and other people as well. If we curse a lot, there's a huge possibility that our children will pick that up and curse once they started to speak. Our children are watching us so we better be on our best behavior. 

However, the fact of the matter is, it is easier said than done. It's really hard to behave when I get tired, frustrated and cranky due to lack of sleep. But most of the time, I lose my patience easily during PMS. It's really challenging for me to stay calm when my baby is trying to test my limits during those times. I must admit I am still a work in progress. 

✯It is okay to admit to my son that I made a mistake. At some point, I know I am going to screw up. But I also learned as a new mom, that I must be ready to admit I made a mistake. To model that we need to own up to our mistakes and it is okay to admit that we messed up.

"We have an amazing opportunity, parents. We are raising the future of humanity, and love is the key to heal us all. It's time we strip away all of the “knowledge” that has been forced on us through culture, media, and community and get back, quite literally, to the heart of parenting. We were made for love and connection, and so it only makes sense to approach raising these human beings from a strong foundation of these basic and primal needs." - Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting, Second Edition by Rebecca Eanes

Children are to be respected and be treated with courtesy and dignity. Maybe you'll say, of course, I treat my son/daughter with dignity, I don't spank him/her. But it's not only about not spanking or not giving all sorts of punishments it is actually more than that. Often times, we adult forget to treat children like how we want to be treated.  

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” - DR. MARIA MONTESSORI

Sometimes babies/ children were being reprimanded for having a bad mood or for crying. As if they are not entitled to feel bad or frustrated. Sometimes we force them to hug and kiss us even though they express that they don't feel like it. Imagine being kissed by someone without your permission. It doesn't feel nice, is it?

It's not a race! Before I became a mom, I often hear other people say that a baby should walk before one year old, talk before 2 years old and be potty trained at 3! As if there is a race and if your child missed the mark on a certain year, you didn't do your part as a parent or you probably did not train your baby enough. I saw parents put their babies in walkers as soon as they can, hoping that they'll learn to walk before they even turn one. Little did they know that it can do more harm than good (Google it). Heck, I also believed in using a walker to make a baby walk for so many years. We even put Jarvis in one!

Until I found out about Montessori and her philosophy. It turned out we don't need to rush our babies development. Isn't that liberating!? One of the reasons I love Montessori is because it teaches me to allow my child to develop himself at his own pace. No rush because we are not racing anyone. Our job as his parents is to prepare his environment to help him reach his full potential and watch his development unfold before our eyes! 

Jarvis learned how to walk without a walker. It's one of the most amazing things I've witnessed. I've seen him test his strength. I've seen him braved his first step because he knows he's ready. I've seen him fall and get up on his own. More about this experience in this post.

✯Do not compare your child's progress to other children. It took me a while to overcome this. With all the things I see on social media, sometimes, I cannot help but compare Jarvis' progress in terms of working on Montessori materials to other babies. I kind of touch on this in my previous post. I've learned as a new mom that babies have different timetables. They have different things they want to develop at any given time.

Jarvis likes to hone his gross motors skills rather than his fine motor skills, so we try to provide him with areas to move as much as we can. While some babies at his age would prefer refining their fine motor skill first.

At this point, our job as parents is to guide them and trust that they know what they want to work on or figure out at a certain stage of their lives. 

Trusting and following the child is one of the most important things I learned as a new mom. It's not easy to trust our babies to lead us to what they want to develop because well, we think that they are just babies, what do they know right? However, Maria Montessori believes otherwise having witnessed what a child is capable of achieving when placed in an environment he/she can safely explore. 

“Follow the child’ does not mean let the child do what he wants. It is simply an acknowledgment that the child has his or her own pattern – that we need to take into account where the child is at, rather than impose our idea of what the child should learn now.”- Rising Star Montessori

To be honest, I am still trying to learn and figure out this "follow the child" thing since it requires great observation and knowledge of Montessori philosophy. I guess it takes practice and trial and error, especially if you are a new mom. Unless of course you are well read on the topic which I am not. I am still learning. 

I still have several things I've learned as a new mom in mind but I'll share them some other time.

If you reached this far, then you are a rockstar! I know that as I continue with motherhood, I will learn and unlearn more things.  I also recognize that there is no one-book-fits-all when it comes to parenting because every child is unique. Therefore, every child has different needs. So it is very important as a parent to get to know our child. Thus, it all boils down to "following the child".  

At the end of the day, all I want is to be the best mom for my son. To let him know that I am always here for him to love him unconditionally no matter what kind of person he will turn out to be. 

I hope you enjoyed today's post! Thanks for being here!

Jarvis Update

My son is now 18 months. Oh, how time flies?!. Last year, I am still carrying him wherever we go, now I have to run to keep up with him. Oh, my little boy is not so little anymore. 

I wish I wrote a monthly blog post on his progress until he turned one. But it was hard to write and take care of a baby back then because everything was still so new.  I cannot say that it's easier now but I learn some tricks so I can easily write a blog post. Thus here I am now, sharing you how's my son's doing now that he is 18 months. 

He still sleeps through the night. Thank God! He wakes up before me because I sleep late. I get my "me time" when he sleeps around 8:30 to 9 PM and I can't get enough of it. He usually kisses my face to wake me up in the morning, either that, or he will try to raise my night shirt so he can nurse. But mostly the former. And I love waking up from his kisses. My little boy is so sweet. 

He is not a breakfast person. Feeding him breakfast was very challenging. We offered him a variety of choices yet he still doesn't eat much in the morning. Sometimes, he doesn't eat at all. At first it's stressing me and my husband out but eventually, we accepted that probably he is not a breakfast person. Or maybe because he nurses before getting up that's why he's still full when we offer food.  He eats lunch and dinner alright though. 

Like a typical toddler, he wants to do things that will require maximum effort. He is so strong. He can pull a dining chair around. He likes to push his older cousin while she's in her "toy vehicle". He can carry a full large water bottle. Most of all, he likes to climb. We just allowed him to climb some safe spots around the house. Like his weaning table, our sofas, our bed, and my mom's center table because he can safely go up and down from there. Sometimes, we allowed him to climb the stairs at my sister's house. They do not have banisters and the stairs are made of cement, so we don't feel he's a hundred percent safe to climb there all the time. But man, he can climb that stairs without help. 

He's still fond of throwing things. He has a basket full of balls that he can throw anytime he wants which mostly 1/4 of his day. His set of Infantino ball worth every centavo we spent on them.  It has been on his shelf since he turned 9 months. He uses them every single day.

He can carry a basket using both of his hands. Unlike before that he will just pull the basket out of his shelf and let the content fall on the floor. Now, he takes out the basket using both of his hands before emptying them. 

He still doesn't do a lot of posting work.  I already accepted that he is not ready for it. I tried several posting works for him. He will do them once and never again. 

But I notice that he loves some practical life activities like sweeping the floor, wiping surfaces and tidying up the bed (magpagpag ng bed). He also gets excited when we change the sheets and pillowcases. He likes to help remove the old fitted sheet. 

Reading book is still his downtime activity. See his favorite books at the moment below this post.

His sensitive period for order is kicking in. I was so fascinated to witness his legit manifestation of this sensitive period. I thought it will never come.  

Jarvis loves to play with my yoga mat which he always finds near our bathroom door (in our bedroom). One day he decided to use it, once done, he dragged it back to where he got it. The mat wasn't rolled like how I usually keep it but what can you expect from an 18-month-baby right?

Another thing he likes doing is taking out the content of a drawer or closet especially the part where we put our towels and bed sheets. One day, he pulled out one towel and explored it. Once done, he shoved it back into the closet. He also tries to return some of the things he pulls out from his drawer. But since there are a lot of contents in the drawer he cannot return them all. 

I wish I was able to capture those moments on camera because when you have a toddler who likes to explore and make a mess, those were precious moments.  However, I mostly don't use my phone around him anymore because he gets so distracted. My special book is so overused I need to replace it na

He loves to play with water. Bathing him and washing his butt when he poops take a lot of time nowadays because we allow him to play with water for a while (or until he's satisfied).

He is into biting slapping and throwing stage. We notice that he does those things when he gets cranky, frustrated or angry. At first, of course, those actions bother me and my husband. Thus I started researching online so we can assist him at this stage of his development. 

I am currently reading the book No Bad Kids, Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury and it has been very helpful to understand what's my son is going through. I will expound on this topic in my next post. But if you are a mom of a toddler who bites, kicks, slaps etc... then I highly recommend you read the book as well. 

Here are other tidbits about Jarvis at 18 months:

Favorite books 

Little Animal Book, Jonah and the Big Fish, Words, Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti and his all-time favorite, the Owl Babies.

Favorite Toys 

Wires and Beads Maze (still), toy cars (we got him a couple more for Christmas) and balls.

Favorite Food

Fish and sweets (fruits, cakes, and chocolates.) He got it from his mama...

That would be all for this week's post. As always, thanks for being here!

Last Weekend with Family

Happy New Year friends! It took me awhile to update this blog for 2018 because I was busy writing goals and starting to work on some of them right away. However, a few days after the new year we lost internet connection. We still don't have connection today. I am just using mobile data. I feel really disappointed because some of my goals depend on having a reliable internet connection. But I don't want this minor set back to get to me. I want to start my year on a positive note. 

I have considered sharing my 2018 goals on this blog so that I'll be more accountable to work on them. But then, I decided to just keep it to myself for now. I just feel that it's too personal to share. Anybody else feels the same way about sharing their goals online? I see a lot of bloggers very comfortable in sharing theirs and to be honest, I enjoy hearing or reading their goals but I really cannot bring myself to share mine. 

So today I'll just share some things that happened that I am grateful for. I know that writing the things I am grateful for will help me appreciate life despite challenges. I want to focus more on positive things this year. 

Last Sunday, my side of the family had lunch at Alab located at Venice Grand Canal Mall to celebrate one of nieces' birthday. We had so much fun. I always wanted to go there but something always comes up whenever we decided to go. Finally, last Sunday it happened. I really like the ambiance of the mall. Jarvis enjoyed looking at the Grand Canal. I did too. Too bad my husband wasn't able to join us because he needs to sleep. 

I think I manifested something for the first time. Well, I could have manifested something into existence before but this is the first time that I am fully conscious that I manifested something I want. You know what I mean? I am following a couple of YouTubers who mostly talk about the law of attraction. I am kind of drawn to that topic recently. Of course, I heard about it before but it really didn't pick my interest until recently. 

So yeah I think I manifested something for the first time. Here's my story. While packing for our stuff to bring in Mckinley Hill, I kept thinking and imagining myself wearing a leather backpack that converts to a crossbody bag. Just the perfect size for our stuff. I don't bring a lot of stuff when we go out especially if we are just going to the mall. I try to fit everything in a small crossbody bag (see picture above). Somehow our stuff was so cramped in my small bag that night that's why kept thinking of that particular leather bag. I don't want to bring a bigger bag because my husband was not coming with us. It would be difficult for me to carry a bigger bag and my baby at the same time. I know my family will help me carry our bag but if I can manage on my own, I will not bother them.

When we arrived at the mall we passed by a bazaar and the first thing we saw was the bag I wanted for only Php 500. It was exactly the bag I pictured in my mind. When I say I liked it, my mom said she will buy it for me. I really don't care much about the brand because the quality is really nice. I was in awe when I'm finally holding the bag. I know it's just a bag but I really feel I manifested it. First of all, I have no plan in buying a bag, secondly, even if I want it, I will not buy it using my own money. Also, the fact that it was given to me makes this experience even more awesome. I am grateful for it and it feels nice to be grateful even for the little things. 

On that same day, Jarvis experiences something for the first time. He played in the mall play area with other kids. I was a bit reluctant to bring him there because most play area like that seems to be overwhelming for kids.  But since I was already tired of carrying him around and I want to observe him in such environment, I decided to give it a try. I also thought that it's a great opportunity for him to meet other children.

Just a typical Montessori baby, he observed first and did not run around right away. We thought he's not going to go inside. Yet he did! He went for the familiar toy right away, then roam around a little bit and found a spot where he can throw and dumb stuff. 

And he throws and dumbs to his heart content. But that lego corner was not safe for throwing because he might hurt other kids. Thus I encouraged him to go to the area where he can actually throw things. 

We went to the ball pit and there he spent the rest of his 40 mins throwing balls. Non-stop you guys! I can't believe a baby can spend such amount of time doing the same thing over and over again. For toddlers, throwing things is normal and it is fun for them. Besides, the reason we pay to be in that play area is for him to have fun. I just sat there and observed the whole time. I am pretty sure he threw close to a hundred balls. See him in action here.

When our time was over, I told him that we have to go and gently removed him from the pit. He did not struggle. Probably because he satisfied his need to throw.  So far, I like the experience. I get to rest and watch him throw balls.

I didn't realize until now that a lot of good things happened that day. It's a great start to the year right? I truly believe that 2018 is going to be the best year for us! I hope you feel the same way too. Happy 2018 to you! Thanks for being here!