is a year old now. I've come to realize I'm probably not at all prepared for what's ahead. What should we be doing together? What should he be doing alone? What should I be teaching him? How do you structure your days with a toddler?
On the average day, he gets breakfast, nap, snack, lunch, nap, snack, dinner, bedtime. He nurses quite a bit in between there. A lot of his playtime is spent with his favorite toys of the moment: a large sensory/soft book, the electronic activity panel from his walker, and a toy piano. He loves to climb the stairs, and walking is still a no-go.
I feel like by the middle/end of the day, he's so bored from the same-old, but I have no idea what else to do together. It's too cold to go to the park, and he can't do anything there besides swing anyway, and he only likes the swing for short periods of time. We go to playgroups and meetups occasionally, but they aren't regular enough to be routine. Our library has Toddler Time, but it goes on and off the schedule for weeks at a time. We have a Gymboree very close by, but I'm paranoid about the germiness.
Besides activities, I'm just not sure what to do
with him to help him learn and advance. I hear about kids his age already being able to respond to questions like "what does a dog say?" and I feel like a horrible parent that he can't even say "mama" on command. How do I teach this kid? What should I be teaching him?