Monday, January 23, 2012

Sensory Overload

As I'm sure you're all tired of hearing, we are in nap transition right now. And since the babies are awake for longer stretches of the day, they tend to need more to do than just play with toys. I mean, God forbid their 1000 toys in the house aren't enough to stimulate their attention!

So, for the past few days, I've been digging up sensory activities to do (albeit in short spurts) to keep them engaged and entertained. Some are winners. Some are total misses.

Water sensory bag

Baby's first play-dough (homemade)

She liked it!

More interested in the spatula than the dough

Finger painting with colored yogurt.

Not interested.

She doesn't understand why he doesn't want to paint!

Makin' a mess with flour

Not interested.
So, I've learned a few things in our days with these sensory activities (and you'll remember we finger-painted on Friday). First, these activities make a HUGE mess. I'm mostly OK with that.

Also, it's best to introduce these activities when the babies are most awake, alert, and in good moods. I think the finger-painting debacle happened because they were overtired.

Lastly, Ben does not like to touch squishy, soft, or wet/mushy things. He had no interest in any of it. Maybe he's a boy who won't like to get dirty?? (Or, more likely, he was confused why I wasn't letting him eat things that I put on his high chair tray).

Nap transition is going .... okay. Today they made it from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. before eating lunch and heading to bed. They're chit chatting in their cribs now, hopefully will fall asleep soon! Then I hope they sleep until 2:30 or later. A momma can dream.


  1. That "she doesn't understand" picture is hilarious!

  2. Ben really looks like Aaron in these pictures!!!