Bitty Bug is 20.5 months old
Bitty Bug continued her fierce independent streak this week. She’s at the stage where not only does she want to do everything herself, but when she wants something, she wants it *right now*. Poor Monkey is usually at the brunt of that one–every time Monkey has something to play with, Bug thinks it’s so interesting that she has to take it from her then and there.
And of course, this independent streak has lead to some not-so-fun events…. For example, ever since she’s started solids, she’s sat in a booster seat at the dining room table. At 12 months old, we took the tray off the booster seat and pulled her up to the table. When she’s finished, we take her out of the chair. Sounds fine, right? Until recently. She decided that now, when she’s done, she will stand up and wait for someone to get her. We tried to nip that in the bud, but it didn’t work–strapping her into the chair made it worse because then she’d pull herself out of the straps. This week, she stood up in her chair and so I ran over to get her…but before I could get there, she’d tried to jump down herself and had fallen head first out of the chair (and I was only sitting about 10 feet away from her…it happened that quickly). 😦 It was really scary to see, but she’s ok, thank goodness. But that was the end of the booster seat at the table thing…something that worked so well for the first two children did not work quite so well for Bug.
So, this week, we introduced the children’s table. Now, I will be the first to admit that the idea did not sit well with me at first. I like everyone eating at the same table…I don’t like children segregated to their own table. But, when the choice was between that, getting a high chair for the first time, or risking another nasty fall, we went with the children’s table idea. In the dining room, we put a smaller table next to the regular table. And it’s worked well! Bug is so happy with her new table (Monkey choses to sit with her as well). She can get up and down independently, AND she actually sits longer and eats more at her small table than she ever did at the regular table. Preparing her environment with child-sized furniture and allowing her the choice of how long to sit at the table, and giving her the independence to get up and down increased the amount of time she actually sat. In her booster, she’d sit for about 5 minutes, pick at a few bites, and then cry to get down. Now, she’ll sit through an entire meal happily. I think that a lot of the time, even the smallest kiddos cry out for some independence and choices, and when allowed to make those choices and be a bit independent, the results can be very good! So, that was a very positive result from having a prepared environment.
And a review of Bug’s other work this week: