Kid Chronicles The adventures and random observations of a new mom


Time for toys

Baby toys

Baby L's mountain of toys

My sister-in-law gave me a huge bagful of baby toys a few weeks ago. Seriously, there were more toys in this bag than any one child should ever have. But her children had outgrown them, and I didn't have many toys yet for baby L, so I gratefully took them.

But every time I tried to get the baby to play with them, she'd just stare blankly at whatever I was waving in front of her face. Or worse, start to cry. I was at a loss. Don't kids like toys? Why wasn't she reacting with smiles and laughter?

Well, little L is now three months old, and within the last couple of days, she's had a toy breakthrough.

I pulled out all the toys designed to dangle down and hung them on the bar over her bouncy chair and on the slats in her crib. She's been having a ball batting at them and sometimes even managing to grab them. I can't say that she's doing a lot of laughing at them, but that's because she seems to be concentrating really hard on getting her hands on them. I'm sure the smiling and laughing will come later after she's honed her grabbing skills.

It's so much fun to see the wheels turning in her head as she practices. It's almost like she was sort of asleep for the first couple of months of her life, and now she's waking up and taking notice of the world around her.

So, yet another baby mystery solved. She wasn't playing with the toys because she wasn't ready yet. But now that she is, I'd better buckle up, because this is just the first stop in a lifetime of new discoveries.

Can't wait.


Laughing babies

She always wakes up smiling

So little L has been smiling a lot lately.  It's a lot of fun to see her little beaming face, but I haven't seen her laugh yet.

I did some research and read that babies start to laugh at around three months, so I'm eagerly awaiting her first chuckle.

Until then, I've seen a couple of videos of laughing babies that made me laugh.

This baby has the most dramatic surprised face on earth and then the cutest laugh when his mother blows her nose:

And this baby is laughing at his father tearing up a job rejection letter:

I think they're hilarious, and they'll have to tide me over until I get a laugh from L.


Pain relief baby is thinking evil thoughts

Pain relief baby is clearly evil

OK, what's up with the evil looking baby on my box of store-brand infant medicine?  It kind of freaks me out every time I open the medicine cabinet, especially in the middle of the night.

I'd like to know what marketing/design person decided using a photo of a baby that looks like a demon on this product was a good idea.

I mean, out of all the possible baby photos they could have picked, this one was deemed the most likely to sell the product?

As one of my friends pointed out, it would be far more effective (or at least more amusing and less scary) if the baby had its pinky to its mouth like Dr. Evil.