How to teach an old baby new tricks
March 13, 2014 12:52 AM Subscribe
Our 11 month old kid loves to be helpful and tries to copy whatever we do. Unfortunately, he's about a year or two or three away from having the physical ability to do so. So what simple things can we teach him that would be sort of helpful in doing everyday things, or at least wouldn't break stuff or actively hinder us?
posted by gakiko to Grab Bag (23 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
For example, he helps me stuff dirty clothes into the washing machine and pull them out when they're washed. He can open and close doors if I hold him in front of me. He 'helps' me carry folded laundry to the closet (I carry him while he's holding clothes). Bad examples: he can turn on the radio and the Roomba, and he loooves doing it so he's trying to do this all day and I have to physically move them out of reach or keep turning them off. Another bad example: pulling pots and pans out of the cupboard and scattering them all over the kitchen floor while I'm cooking so I have to jump over them.
I'd rather take 10 extra minutes to do things with him 'helping' than keep saying 'no' and dragging him away all day.