Today I took my son to the library for story and rhyme time. This was my attempt to expose him to an atmosphere where he is “not” the center of attention. I feel that it is important for children, especially 12-18 months, to learn how to share and interact positively with children their own age.
Now, this may be too much information but, I woke up fed Justin, washed him and got him ready for the event. I myself, chose the more simplistic route to getting ready called “the bird bath”, brush my teeth, wash my face. I did put on clean clothes but, I can guarantee you that nothing really matched. My hair looked semi-decent because I put beautiful curls in it yesterday for work so, it kind of fell into place. Well, we were on our way and I will just say that the experience was … interesting (that is a post for another time). During the singing and moving around (parents of course had to sit on the floor with their children) and chasing after my son, I realized that maybe I should have taken a little more time on myself when getting ready.
Here are some of my suggestions for keeping it playtime cool:
1. It must be comfortable. You will be moving around, bouncing your child, running after your child, etc.
2. Bright is alright. Bright colors are cheerful and lighten up your mood and the mood of those around you.
3. You can be hip. Express your creative side. If you want to wear color blocks, tribal prints, fifteen bangles on one arm, go ahead and do it (maybe not the bangles, too noisy).
4. Layer. You never know what the temperature is going to be inside. If you layer, you can at least take a layer off or put a layer on to feel comfortable.
5. Pockets or shoulder sack. You need to have pockets for easy access to snacks, cell phone, car keys, wipes, etc.
So, I’ve come up with some suggestions (mainly for myself) using polyvore.com. Take a look!