Making a treasure basket

OR Finding the time to write a blog post…

I noticed at a La Leche League meeting this morning that Talitha was particularly taken with looking inside the baskets on the floor and taking things out of them. So, I thought it was about time we made a treasure basket.

The idea came from Margaret Atieh’s article in Juno’s Winter 2011 edition. The idea is to fill the basket with safe objects from around your house and allow the baby to explore it. It’s both fun and a learning tool.

First, I emptied all the rubbish out of a basket. This included endless “New Baby” cards, the odd bank statement and some leaflets I was given about what her newborn poo should be doing. Better to put new toys in here than end up cleaning bits of card and paper out of her nappies, I thought.

Then I asked Talitha what we should put in it. She seemed to think bananas and my laptop would do the trick. I felt she was not taking the exercise altogether seriously.

So, instead, I put in a leather belt, a sponge, a furry moccasin, a wooden spoon, a metal whisk, a ball of wool, a tablespoon, a lemon, a tape measure and wedding garter. I may add a few more things along the way. Our basket looks a little sad.

Talitha loves it though. She’s been playing with it the whole time I’ve been here writing.