I have had a lovely 9 month old join me in recent months. She is still suffering badly with separation anxiety and likes to be with me the whole time. I can encourage her on to the floor to play for short periods to explore the items out of the treasure basket though which I have been compiling carefully recently. My own son who is slightly older loves heuristic items such as these over any “proper” toy, his particular favourite at the moment being a small metal tea strainer!
All items are new and clean and used with supervision. I like to sit alongside them and let them explore. I sit and observe as they pass items from one hand to another, turn them over, put one inside another. Sometimes I chat as they look at the items but the key idea here is to let them explore.
Current items in the treasure basket include
- Metal Tea strainer
- Willow ball
- Wooden Pastry brush
- Fir cone
- Wooden dolls peg
- Wooden nail brush
- Pumice stone
I am always thinking of new items to include and reviewing what’s popular with them and what’s not.
I find this kind of play great as I can provide them with an ever changing assortment of ‘toys’ to enjoy and the benefit is the fact that they provide a rich sensory experience for them to discover.
I found a great link on the NCT website which talks about separation anxiety in babies – https://www.nct.org.uk/parenting/separation-anxiety-0 for any new mums going through this.