Thursday, October 8, 2015
We've been working hard!
Andy is used to playing on the floor a lot, and having things brought to him. Lately, I am trying to have Andy stand more during play time. Either I will
hold him in a standing position or he will stand in stander and play.
When we use the stander with a seat in it, he eventually sits down after about five minutes. So I have to keep pulling him back up to standing. After about 30 minutes I take him out of this.
I used to brush his teeth in his bed, then bring him his cup of water for a drink. Now I have Andy step to the bathroom while I'm holding him, and he stands at the sink. He is motivated to do this because he loves getting his hands wet. While he is putting his hands in the running water, I am brushing his teeth, and he's standing with me behind him. I have to do this in case he falls or his legs buckle unexpectedly.
I am slowly making standing a bigger part of his day, and his school is too. Now that I am in the habit of brushing Andy's teeth while he's standing at the sink, it is a normal thing that we do. I feel he is benefiting every day by standing more often than he ever has before.
I'm noticing more babbling and also more drooling and chewing on toys and bibs. I've ordered some chewy sew-on corners for his current terry cloth pullover bibs. I am told that the chewing on objects is totally developmentally appropriate for the infancy stage that he is in, and it could last a long time. The psychologist told me to give into it and let him chew all that he needs to. It's giving him oral sensory input, and it makes him happy.