Wednesday, 1 April 2015

My Almost Three Year Old's Current Obsessions

Does anyone else's toddler do this? When Seb loves something, he really loves it. Rob makes not-really-joking comments about how Seb gets infatuated with a certain book, song, toy in a clinical obsession kind of way. We'll read the same book, hear the same song, or play with the same toy over and over and over and over and over and over. I'm telling myself this is normal.....right? Toddlers and babies like repetition? Right? It's not something to really stress about...I hope.

But after 2 and half hours of Donkey Riding on repeat while we drive to Collingwood, what adorable, sweet, little Seb doesn't understand is just how close mommy and daddy are to entirely losing their shit!

My mom tells the story of how when I was about four, my favourite book was Big Bird Follows the Signs. And I even had the cassette to go with it. And that we were once stuck in traffic on a long road trip and she and my dad suffered through hours of Big Bird Follows the Signs book on tape. In the dead of summer. Without air conditioning. Oh how I'm beginning to understand that pain special type of love for your child.

At one month shy of three, if he's not playing on the iPad, and Lord knows he's not napping anymore, here is what you can find Seb doing at our house.

Hide and Seek Books
These books are sooooooo popular in our house right now. The best ones for a toddler are ones that have the pictures on one side of the page, so he can match the pictures independently as opposed to the books where you have to match the word to the picture.

Last August when Rob and I were in NYC for a few days, you know what we brought Seb back as our coming home gift? 2 puzzles. At Christmas, Seb received no fewer than 7 puzzles as gifts. 3 months ago I instagrammed this photo:

And Seb's puzzle fetish shows no sign of slowing down. (And check out the two Hide and Seek books in the photo). Thankfully, I found the holy grail of puzzles for his Easter gift. This puzzle is actually a seek and find game once the puzzle is put together. #nailedit

Toy animals

I noticed that Seb loved these a few months ago when every day without fail, when I picked him up from daycare, he was playing with their bucket full of toy animals. I have a couple for his Easter basket this weekend, and his Gran and Grandpa bought him a few when we were visiting last weekend. I see him do so much pretend play with these little animals. He really likes putting them in his coat pocket with their heads peeking out when we go on a subway ride. I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty adorable. Plus there was the time he fell asleep holding onto his little toy cat....

Bath colours

We love these bath tablets for bath time. They don't stain or leave a mess, and Seb really loves picking one or two out each night to toss in the bathtub. I've also seen them for sale at Target.

Words that Go App
The nostalgia of Richard Scarry is what led me to this app, but Seb loves it. We call it "doing his letters". For some reason I feel mildly better about him "doing his letters" on the iPad over watching kids Youtube videos.

There are quite a few different levels, but we're just working at matching the letters to spell a word. Just another note, Seb swears there are "more letters" (more words) on the iPhone version of this app than the iPad version, so now he only ever wants to play it using my phone.

Donkey Riding
I love Great Big Sea. They are by far and away my favourite band, and I'm glad Seb seems to like them too. But I wasn't joking about the 2.5 hours solid of this song Rob and I endured on a recent family trip.... #reasonsmommydrinks

So, that's how we've spent the winter! What toys, books, songs are your little ones loving now? I'd love to infuse some new ideas into our rotation!


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