When you become a parent, there is a list of situations you aren’t prepared for. For some you learn to take care on your own, for instance, taking a shower when you are the only one in the house with an infant. For others, you adapt to when the situations arise.
One major milestone for every child is to hit the playground. Exposing an infant to the park at the right time and age is essential. Play ground is not only about being ‘social’ but the toddler has to be ready physically too.
Today, my 6 month and few days old, Inaaya sat independently for the very first time in the swing, strong and self supported, her first amidst many first’s. Although, this isn’t her first exposure to the park, what amused me was to see how this little fella confidently took the new sensation. Although I showed her how to seek support from the strings on the either side, she chose to still hold strong on one side. Sometimes, I let her decide if it makes her comfortable and feel safe, under my supervision. She enjoyed head to toe and while she didn’t stop laughing the entire time, I couldn’t stop admiring her.
But it is to note that not all children are same. When they are playground ready , they give you these signs-
👶 Your baby is ready for the bucket-style infant swing – with you close by – once he/she is able to support herself sitting and has stable head control. These swings are intended for children 6 months to 4 years old.
👶 Keep it slow and gentle, when you push your child in a baby swing. Most playground baby swings don’t fit children very snugly, and there is a risk to slide around resulting in serious injuries.
👶Most infants seem to enjoy around 6 to 9 months, but for some it’s closer to a year. If your baby cries or doesn’t seem to enjoy it, take her out and try again another day.
👶 If another day also turns out to be the same then to help her adjust to the sensation, hold her on your lap on a big-kid swing while you move gently back and forth.
P. S. Let your child take the lead and decide when to cross a milestone while you enjoy watching your child cross it.
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