Reading to your baby – 6 to 7 months old

Reading to your baby – 6 to 7 months old

I really enjoy reading books to our baby. I love to read in general and children’s books are super fun.

Here is a round-up of Baby Chloe’s favourite books for months 6 and 7.

Where is Little Fish? by Lucy Cousins

A lift the flaps board book about a game of hide and seek with different fish – stripy fish, twisty twirly fish, curly whirly fish, shelly fish, crab and of course little fish and mummy fish.

The flaps are quite sturdy. Four of them flip down and are easy for my baby to reveal if I pop my finger under the top of the flap. The other two she hasn’t mastered yet. One flips up and one diagonally.

The storyline is simple for a baby, the illustrations bright and happy and the last page mentions kisses. Which is a fun way to finish the book with kisses on your baby.

Black and White by Jane Foster

Baby Chloe has been loving this book since she was a newborn. It features black and white animals and flowers on a coloured background. The book labels and describes each object e.g ‘mooing cow’, ‘happy little penguin’ and ‘lovely flowers with dots’. I enjoy this one too.

Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

She loves this book and I find myself quoting this book during the day. Especially when preparing meals as I may have put Chloe in her highchair and she starts to get a bit huffy, so I recite from the book ‘Rhinosaurs snort and snuff, and little dogs go ruff ruff ruff…’ It certainly changes her tune.

This book also ties in well with playtime. We have some bath animal farm toys and I can pick these up throughout the story and use them as props. You could use any farm animal toys that you have. I’ve also used chunky puzzle pieces.

The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

This has been a favourite for a while now. However, now that she is older she has her favourite pages. So I often skip around and only read the pages that she likes. She doesn’t love the four pages were the Pout Pout Fish chats to his friends. She loves the ending of this book. It includes lots of smoochy kisses and she loves the purple fish and the Pout Pout Fish’s cheerie cheery face.

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Originally I was alternating between reading this book and Moo Baa La La La also by Sandra Boynton but lately I have been using this book as part of our bedtime routine and Moo Baa La La La as a book for playtime.

This book includes all the usual bedtime routine jazz e.g having a bath, putting on pajamas and teeth brushing in a fun way. I can see this book growing with Chloe as there is lots of things to discuss e.g the different animals and it talks about ‘on top’ and ‘beneath’ as well as ‘big’ and ‘small’.

Goodnight Sophie

When Chloe was born, my mum gave her a set of four Sophie the Giraffe books. This one is part of our bedtime routine and the other three I try to alternate them each week.

This is a simple but sweet book that goes through the bedtime routine.

This book is very pastel in colour and although Chloe has had this book since being a newborn, it didn’t capture her interest to just before she turned 6 months old. I think this was due to the colours being too light and she couldn’t see it properly as a baby’s eyesight doesn’t fully develop to about 6 months old.

What kinds of books are good developmentally for this age?

Every baby is different but you’ll find that babies aged six to seven months like:

  • books with animal sounds
  • lift a flap books
  • touch and feel books
  • books about babies routine – eg bath time, bed time etc.

You know how I just said that every baby is different? Well many babies in this age range like touch and feel books but my baby doesn’t seem to be interested in them yet… or I haven’t found the right one to keep her interest! So don’t worry if your baby is like this too. Just go with the flow and read books that both you and your baby enjoy together.

How I do it?

I try to read to baby Chloe everyday. The trick is to make it part of your daily routine. Sometimes I miss a day or even a few days and I try to stay relaxed about this and be kind to myself. I figure that if I manage to do it most days than I’m headed in the right direction.

If I’m organised, on Sunday nights I try to put a stash of 5 or 6 books by the reading chair in Chloe’s nursery. I’m using this cute little chair from IKEA as a place to stack the books.

I then put some on the floor and some on the lower shelf. By Monday lunchtime the books are sprawled everywhere.

I was using this super cute book stand from IKEA. But now Chloe keeps trying to pull up on it and it is tipping onto her. Ops! So I’m going to have to put that in the cupboard until she is a bit older.

Why do I have books everywhere? So that she can work on her book handling skills. Being able to hold a book and turn the pages is an important pre-reading skill. Although at the moment all she does is pick them up and chew on the corners, yummy!

The challenges of reading to a 6 – 7 month old baby

Chloe often likes to chew on the book. If this happens I either let her chew it and select another book to read to her or I swap the book for a teether type toy. I often have a little playgro giraffe hanging on the edge of the chair for just this situation, you can get similar Bright Starts one from Amazon. During her bedtime routine I have a teether from Nuby ready to go, she loves this thing and it is sooo cheap!

I’ve also found that Chloe likes to turn the book around and flip back to the front cover. I think she is trying to figure out how all these pictures fit inside the book. When this happens I sometimes stop reading to point out the front cover, back cover and spine of the book or if I’m feeling a bit sleep deprived I just let her play with the book for a bit and once she has stopped spinning it around I begin reading it again. Understanding that the book is made up of a front cover, back cover and spine is also an important pre-reading skill.

Sometimes Chloe will stop paying attention and start investigating the arm of the chair. If this happens I might swap to another book or keep reading depending how far into the book I am. If it is a favourite book, she seems to look back to the book as I get to her favourite parts.

The Pout Pout Fish is quite a long narrative for a baby and when I first started reading it to her I would read just a few pages until eventually we worked up to reading the whole book. And then I could read the whole book no problems but now sometimes as I mentioned earlier, she likes to skip through to her favourite pages and that is perfectly ok!

Over to you

I’d love to hear what books you are reading with your baby. So please let me know in the comments your fave books and the age of your baby.

A new start…

A new start…

Hello to my lovely readers! I can’t believe how long it has been.

We had baby Chloe in January this year and it has just changed my life and perspective more than I could have imagined. I thought I’d get back to blogging in a few weeks but I have been in a loved-up bubble for the past 9 months and it has been wonderful. I don’t regret taking the time out for a second.

I’m returning to blogging, so I can share this wonderful new adventure with you all. I have found reading and watching (hello YouTube – my new found bestie!) about other Mama’s journey’s to be so helpful on my own journey and I’d like to be a part of that community.

I know that previously I have blogged mainly about subscription boxes, so I’ll understand if my new Mama content isn’t quite for you. I’ll still be doing subscription box reviews but I’m also going to do posts about Mom life as well. I’m super excited about this new direction for my blog and I look forward to hearing about your experiences too!

My baby subscription wish list – October 2017

My baby subscription wish list – October 2017

It’s been exciting times at Joy in the Post as we are expecting our first baby in January.

So as someone who loves subscription boxes I’ve been comparing the different baby subscription boxes to decide which ones I’d like to get for my little bundle of joy.

As a first time mama I’m really not sure of what is going to be good for me and my family. So I’m excited to try out lots of different things. I also want to be prepared, as I know that I don’t cope very well on little sleep and I want to have know that I have got the right gear for being a mama handy.

I’ve narrowed down my list of boxes to try to my top three (in no particular order):

Ecocentric Mom

Ecocentric Mom – I want to do what’s best for my baby but also the environment, so I like that this box features non-toxic, organic and natural products. I feel like there is so much research to do to find good eco products and I think this box will take out some of the guess work and make it easier to get familiar with brands and products that are eco and baby friendly.

Bluum

Bluum – I like that this box is curated to your babies age. I think this will make it easier to have age appropriate items on hand at the right time. I’ve been reading a few different baby development books (e.g. The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward and Brain Rules for Baby)  which is why I think it’s so important to have the right toys and books at the right stage and I think Bluum will help me with this.

Flower Child Mystery MCN Box

Flower Child Mystery MCN Box – I’m planning to use cloth diapers and I thought this would be a good way to try different brands and really figure out what is going to work for us. I subbed to this box a few weeks ago and I am hoping that it will arrive in the mail in the next two weeks. The website says that it is mailed around the 28th of each month.

Tell me what you think

What is your favourite baby subscription box? I’d love to know!

Sanrio Small Gift Crate – October 2017

Sanrio Small Gift Crate – October 2017

While this quarter’s box was smaller in size than last quarter’s it still packed a punch!

The October 2017 Sanrio box theme was tasty and while nothing was edible 🙂 It’s still a pretty tasty box.

First look

The goodies

Sanrio Lunch Bag
$28 US for a similar lunch bag in the Sanrio Official Online Store

This was one of my favourite items this month. It’s so cute and practical. I love things that have a purpose!

Loot Crate says – “Enjoy your lunch or snacks with your Sanrio friends every time you use this bag! The insulated tote features multiple characters and is freat for work, school, the beach or anywhere else you may want to bring some nibbles (which you can put in the Gudetama Bento)!”

Gudetama Bento Box
$18 US for a two piece lunch box set in the Sanrio Official Online Store

My second favourite item this month was the super cute Gudetama Bento Box and I love that it fits perfectly into the lunch bag. I think this would be great to put in some snacks for a picnic.

Loot Crate says – “Gudetama may be lazy but not so lazy that it can’t keep your food safe and organised! This BPS-free bento is adorned with everyone’s favourite lazy egg and secured with clasps on the side, Pairs perfectly with the lunch bag also included.”

Silicone Coaster Set
$21.45 US for a cork coaster set in the Sanrio Official Online Store

These drink coasters are sure to brighten up anyone’s day. I’m thinking of putting one on my desk to cheer up my work space.

Loot Crate says – “Hello Kitty, Chococate, Cinnamoroll and Gudetama love treats as much as you do! Protect tables from drink condensation (or just decorate them!) with these supercute coasters.”

Dokidoki Yummychums Apron
$38 US for a similar apron in the Sanrio Official Online Store

This is perfect for a fun dinner making burgers or cooking up a storm at the BBQ. I’ve gifted this to my husband 🙂

Loot Crate says – “We all like a little company while we’re cooking! Dokidoki Yummychums is ready to be your sous chef of encouragement as you make your favourite meals or try a new recipe! This tie-back apron will keep you looking festive while protecting your clothes from splashes and spills that sometimes come with cooking or barbecuing.”

What would a Sanrio box be without some little trinkets? I love the squishy fries and the cute Hello Kitty magnet, which I promptly stuck on my fridge.

Hello Kitty Hot Dog Plush
$18 US for a similar (but not as cool) plush in the Sanrio Official Online Store

Loot Crate says – “The cutest little hot dog you’ve ever seen! Hello Kitty is snug as a bug in this squishy bun, which sits on a paper food tray – just like how you get it at the fair! Keep this on your desk, bed or anywhere else you could use some mustard-covered sunshine.”

Chococat Squishy
$9.40 US for a similar squishy in the Sanrio Official Online Store

Loot Crate says – “You can’t have a hot dog without a side so we’ve made this squeezable Chococat-shaped “box of fries” to go with the Hello Kitty plush. Whether you’re cooking or eating. It’s an adorable way to relieve a bit of stress!”

Gudetama Charm
$5 US for a similar Gudetama Charm in the Sanrio Official Online Store

Loot Crate says – “Gudetama is an eggcellent addition to the Sanrio Small Gift Crate charm collection! This sturdy metal charm comes with a lobster clasp so you can add it to a bracelet of necklace with ease.”

Sanrio Magnet Trinket
$2 US guesstimation 🙂

Loot Crate says – “We think you’ll be very attracted to this trinket! You’ll get one magnet featuring Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Pompompurin or Bonbonribbon.

How much does it cost?

Loot Crate is an US based company that ships internationally. The box costs US $37.99 plus shipping and handling. If you want to get $5 off your first box, use my Loot Crate referral link.

Is it worth it?

This is my third Sanrio Crate Small Gift Box and I’ve enjoyed every box! I love Hello Kitty and this is a fun way for me to get a little does of that childhood fun every quarter. I worked out the value to be just under $140 US dollars which equates to more than triple it’s costs.

Who should subscribe to this box? Hello Kitty and Sanrio fans. This would make a great gift too!

The theme for the 2017 Christmas Box

The theme for next quarter is Sweet Dreams and it will feature Hello Kitty, My Melody, Chococat, Little Twin Stars, Keroppi and Pochacco.

Orders close on 15 December for this box. So I imagine it will ship late December.

For the theme ‘Sweet Dreams’ I hope to see a cute PJ top, slippers or an eye mask. I also wouldn’t mind a cute Hello Kitty pillow slip. What do you hope will be in the next Sanrio Gift Crate Box?

Sanrio Small Gift Crate review – Summer 2017

Sanrio Small Gift Crate review – Summer 2017

Oh Sanrio Crate, you are so cute and adorable.

When I dug into the Summer 2017 Sanrio Small Gift Crate I squealed with delight… a Hello Kitty beach towel!! OMG – I was so excited and it comes with a matching beach towel and flip flops. Agghhhh…. This is the best box yet!!

So you know my thoughts. I loved it. Now let’s look at the goodies.

First look

The goodies

Sanrio Beach Towel

Value – $32 US for a similar Beach Towel in the official Sanrio store

This is my favourite item. I really needed a new beach towel and this one is so cute and vibrant. I love it!

Sanrio Crate says – “Your Sanrio friends love the beach as much as you do, so why not take them along? This full-size, terrycloth beach towel features Hello Kitty, My Melody, Chococat, Keroppi and Tuxedosam enjoying the sand, surf and each other!”

Sanrio Beach Tote

Value – $34 US for a similar tote bag in the official Sanrio store

This bag is super cute! I’ve popped the towel in, so you can see how roomy it is with the towel inside. It does smell a little plasticy though, but I’m sure that will go away with use. I can’t wait to use it when I take my little baby to swimming lessons in the future!

Sanrio Crate says – “Carry your gear to the beach, the pool or anywhere in Sanrio style. This sturdy vinyl tote features Hello Kitty, Keroppi, My Melody, Chococat and Tuxedosam enjoying a leisurely day in the water. Pair with your beach towel and flip flops for the perfect summer trio!”

Keroppi Flip Flops

Value – Guesstimation at $10

Unfortunately I won’t be wearing these straight away as I have to wear my physio approved thongs due to being pregnant. Yes you scoff, but they make such a difference!! But once everything is back to normal I’ll be slipping on these cute flip flops.

Sanrio Crate says – “Complete your supercute Sanrio summer look with Keroppi! These warm-weather must-haves feature out fave frog floating happily in an inner tube and ready to accompany you in summer fun!

There was three cute little trinkets in this month’s box. I like that each month we are getting a key chain, as it is starting to make a sweet little collection.

Sanrio Trinket – Chococat

Value – Guesstimation $2

Sanrio Crate says – “Take a little bit of Sanrio with you wherever you go with this supercute beach ball trinket! (It also goes great with your crate that transforms into a sweet suitcase)!”

Hello Kitty Beach Figure

Value – Guesstimation $10

Sanrio Crate says – “This original collectible captures a perfect snapshot of summer fun – literally! Hello Kitty enjoys the sandy beach inside the translucent figure. It’s a supercute companion to the Hello Kitty figure from Sanrio Small Gift Crate #1 (Hello!)!”

You can check out my review of the Sanrio Small Gift Crate #1 to find out more about this previous Hello Kitty figure.

Keroppi Charm

Value – $7 US for a similar Keroppi Charm key chain in the official Sanrio store

Sanrio Crate says – “Keroppi joins your growing Sanrio Small Gift Crate charm collection! Keroppi’s favourite pastimes include swimming, baseball and playing with boomerangs, which make him the perfect companion for summer fun.”

How much does it cost?

Loot Crate is an US based company that ships internationally. Within the US the Sanrio Small Gift Crate costs $37.99 plus shipping and handling.

Prices for other countries, including shipping (as of 23 September 2017) are:

  • Australia $66
  • Canada $66
  • New Zealand $71
  • Singapore $71
  • UK £39.

If you want to get $5 off your first box, use my Loot Crate referral link.

Is it worth it?

This has been my favourite Sanrio Gift Crate box yet. The value for money is great, more than double!! I worked it out to $95 worth of goodies.

Who should subscribe to this box? Hello Kitty and Sanrio fans. This would make a great gift too!

The theme for the 2017 Christmas Box

The theme for next quarter is Sweet Dreams and it will feature Hello Kitty, My Melody, Chococat, Little Twin Stars, Keroppi and Pochacco.

I’m not too sure when this box ships. It says that orders close on 15 December. So I imagine it’s shipping late December. So I expect to receive the box in early – mid January.

For the theme ‘Sweet Dreams’ I hope to see a cute PJ top, slippers or an eye mask. I also wouldn’t mind a cute Hello Kitty pillow slip. What do you hope will be in the next Sanrio Gift Crate Box?