Running a childcare centre for Baldivis or any other Perth suburb provides us with a lot of experience watching children. We get to know their habits and their foibles. We also talk to parents about their children. One of the more amusing patterns with some babies is that their parents will buy them new toys, only to find the babies would rather play with the box or the wrapping paper.
Did you ever wonder why this happens? Believe it or not, this is more common than you think. As adults, we try to figure out what would be great for our babies to play with, but we often buy things because we think they are cute or adorable and hope our babies think the same.
Babies, however, have a different set of criteria than adults do. We might think a toy is interesting and cute, but the baby may not be able to do anything with it other than hold it. Meanwhile, the box and the wrapping paper gives your baby a chance to explore his or her world with all of their senses.
When children are around a year old, they are in a stage called sensorimotor play, in which they explore everything with their eyes, hands and mouths. When babies are in their first two months, they can’t yet reach or hold onto toys or any other objects. From four to six months of age, babies have the ability to grasp objects and bring them to their mouths.
From six to eight months, babies are able to grasp toys, transfer them from hand to hand and give them to someone else. They like new things so they drop what they have and grab the next “bright, shiny object.” They also begin to develop a sense of “object permanence.” That means they can let go of an object but know it is still there.
If your child likes the box more than the toy, find toys that are more interesting to children, not to adults.
Looking for a Great Childcare Centre in Baldivis?
We have three Cuddles Childcare Centres in the Perth area. Call the one that is most convenient for you today.