September 26, 2004

Alphabet Baby Soup


Ken is always looking for new toys and games to spice up Kate's bath time. Kate goes through phases of liking a new toy then being completely disinterested. Last weekend we purchased Sassy Bath Time Count 'N Spell letter and number appliques. So far Kate just loves them. They keep her occupied while Ken is sudsing her up, and her baths have actually gotten a little longer. Since becoming more and more mobile she has wanted to get out of her bath sooner and sooner.

Kate likes to do lots of very systematic things with the letters and numbers. One day she's sticking them to the tile wall, then taking them down and piling them on the soap dish. The next day they are being sorted in the different corners of the tub. She also enjoys gnawing on them, as she does with everything lately.

If you look closly at the first picture of Kate chewing away at the letter "D" you can see her first little top tooth poking out. It's only about halfway grown but it's so cute nonetheless.

Every time Kate picks up a letter or number from the tub Ken does a really smart thing -- he says its name aloud. Kate has gotten so used to it that she now mimics him. Of course every letter and number to her is "Ah!" But it is probably a good start to learning letters and numbers...and it's really cute to hear.

Ken also spells out simple words on the wall as he says them aloud for Kate. More enjoyably though, he tries to read aloud the words SHE spells out on the wall. That too is really cute to hear.
Posted by Jean-Marie at September 26, 2004 05:52 PM
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So cute! Esp. Ken with her in the bath "reading" what she "spells." Paul bathes Julia and they're going through a splashy phase. I love hearing the laughter. I'm sure your bath times are just as giggly. :) Posted by: Cat at September 30, 2004 08:54 AM
Hello, I'm just wondering how old your daughter was in the bath photos?? My daughter will be 11 months in Nov. of 2004 and I am still scared to put her in the tub without me. Posted by: stephanie at October 26, 2004 09:31 PM
Hi Stephanie. Sorry for the delay in response. Kate was almost a year old in the pictures that you commented on. She has been taking a big girl bath since about 6 months old. Here are some pictures from her earlier big girl bath experiences: http://www.katemaier.com/archives/000125.html and http://www.katemaier.com/archives/000139.html . She seems to be just fine in her bath but we never take our eyes off of her while she's in there. And generally we're hanging right over the tub wall cleaning her or playing with her. But, you have to do what is comfortable for you obviously. Posted by: Jean-Marie at November 7, 2004 10:06 PM
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