Give baby choices!
If you follow my blog at all, you know that I’m a big fan of giving baby choices. I recommend this in almost all of my speech-language therapy sessions and I incorporate it into my son’s daily routines. When you provide your baby with choices, you are encouraging their communication, thinking and concentration skills. The changing table is a great place to do this. I’m going to focus on baby’s changing station this week on the blog, because it’s a place where my baby and I often don’t see eye to eye. He has yet to succumb and accept that his diaper needs to be changed and he will feel better afterwards, so I have to provide lots of distractions to improve his cooperation. One way I’ve found to do this is to keep a handful of desirable items/toys by the changing table and have baby choose what he would like to play with. I have to rotate the items/toys out to keep his interest. Check out the video clip for an example.
Of course, like anything else, baby bores of this easily and I have to incorporate other silly things to make the changing station more fun. More ideas to come on the blog this week. Take a peek at my other posts on providing book choices and drink choices.
Peace & Love,