Baby Chick and I have hit a bit of an awkward phase in our relationship. She’s going through a developmental transition and well, I think we are bored with each other. Usually, we have Big Chick to keep things interesting (read: crazy) around the house, but with Big Chick in school a few days a week, Baby Chick and I have a lot more alone time.

Baby Chick is over her swing, she looses patience in the bouncy chair, and she isn’t that interested in watching me check emails anymore. Bummer. She doesn’t want to lie flat on her back, but she doesn’t have the skills to sit up and play by herself. It’s hard. I want to use our precious time alone together to finally get some good play time in, but- I hate to admit- it’s kind of boring.

I can hang tough for a while playing the old favorites like “Peek-a-Boo” and “Pat-a-Cake”, but we need something more. We need action. We are ready to put away the infant toys and rattles. Baby Chick is ready for the Big Time.

So here is my list of Great Gear to Spice Things Up in the Playroom:

1. An Activity Center. We are huge fans of The Baby Einstein Musical Motion 2 in 1 Stationary Jumper. Baby Chick loves it because it has all sorts of things that she can grab at, it makes music, and it is very stimulating. I love it because it makes her tired.

2. A Set of Stackable Blocks. The Haba Fantasy Blocks are my favorite. They are made of water-based painted beech wood, which means they are non-toxic, and they have really cool designs that create optical illusions. While Baby Chick is too young to stack them all by herself, she sure knows how to knock them down. Good times.

3. Music Makers. For a wide variety of instruments, I went with the Parent’s Magazine Bee Bop Band Play & Learn Drum & Instruments. I will admit that the songs that Baby Chick plays aren’t always music to my ears, but I just go to my “happy place” and dance along with her.

4. Something That Encourages Crawling. Baby Chick is obsessed with the Vtech Move and Crawl Ball. While I’m not ready for her to be mobile just yet, and I may kick myself later for encouraging it, she is having a great time trying to scoot around after that wacky ball.

5. A Mat for Your Baby to Play On. This should be something that is soft and will keep your baby comfortable while they are playing on the floor. You don’t want your baby to go and bonk its fragile head on the hard ground. I adore the Skip Hop Play Spot Floor Tiles. They are insanely attractive and can be arranged in many different configurations. Plus, the material it’s made out of is safe for little guys. Those other foam tiled mats are only safety-rated for children 3 and up.

Good luck Moms! Fill up that coffee mug, pick out a cozy spot on the floor, and put your game face on because it’s play time!

– Contributed by Morgan

Baby Chick and I have hit a bit of an awkward phase in our relationship. She’s going through a developmental transition and well, I think we are bored with each other. Usually, we have Big Chick to keep things interesting (read: crazy) around the house, but with Big Chick in school a few days a week, Baby Chick and I have a lot more alone time.

Baby Chick is over her swing, she looses patience in the bouncy chair, and she isn’t that interested in watching me check emails anymore. Bummer. She doesn’t want to lie flat on her back, but she doesn’t have the skills to sit up and play by herself. It’s hard. I want to use our precious time alone together to finally get some good play time in, but- I hate to admit- it’s kind of boring.

I can hang tough for a while playing the old favorites like “Peek-a-Boo” and “Pat-a-Cake”, but we need something more. We need action. We are ready to put away the infant toys and rattles. Baby Chick is ready for the Big Time.

So here is my list of Great Gear to Spice Things Up in the Playroom:

1. An Activity Center. We are huge fans of The Baby Einstein Musical Motion 2 in 1 Stationary Jumper. Baby Chick loves it because it has all sorts of things that she can grab at, it makes music, and it is very stimulating. I love it because it makes her tired.

2. A Set of Stackable Blocks. The Haba Fantasy Blocks are my favorite. They are made of water-based painted beech wood, which means they are non-toxic, and they have really cool designs that create optical illusions. While Baby Chick is too young to stack them all by herself, she sure knows how to knock them down. Good times.

3. Music Makers. For a wide variety of instruments, I went with the Parent’s Magazine Bee Bop Band Play & Learn Drum & Instruments. I will admit that the songs that Baby Chick plays aren’t always music to my ears, but I just go to my “happy place” and dance along with her.

4. Something That Encourages Crawling. Baby Chick is obsessed with the Vtech Move and Crawl Ball. While I’m not ready for her to be mobile just yet, and I may kick myself later for encouraging it, she is having a great time trying to scoot around after that wacky ball.

5. A Mat for Your Baby to Play On. This should be something that is soft and will keep your baby comfortable while they are playing on the floor. You don’t want your baby to go and bonk its fragile head on the hard ground. I adore the Skip Hop Play Spot Floor Tiles. They are insanely attractive and can be arranged in many different configurations. Plus, the material it’s made out of is safe for little guys. Those other foam tiled mats are only safety-rated for children 3 and up.

Good luck Moms! Fill up that coffee mug, pick out a cozy spot on the floor, and put your game face on because it’s play time!

– Contributed by Morgan