As your baby learns to walk, he or she will quickly take to climbing. You’ll spend lots of extra minutes getting up your front steps and into the house because your baby will want to scale the stairs independently – not once, not twice, but until you say “no more.”
Appropriate for: 9 to 13 months
Skills developed: Gross motor
What you’ll need: Lots of pillows from the bed, sofa, and elsewhere
Pile up a stack of pillows for a safe, fun climbing activity. Use the largest, most stable pillows, such as couch cushions and bed pillows, on the bottom, then add chair pillows, throw pillows, and so on.
Holding your baby steady, help him or her climb up the mountain of pillows and stand triumphant on top. If you have a lot of rectangular pillows, you can use them to create more of a stair-step structure, but you’ll need to hold your baby’s hand to make sure he or she doesn’t step off the top tier into thin air.
Safety note: Never leave a baby alone with a pillow mountain. This activity should be supervised. And move any furniture with sharp corners, so there’s nothing to bang against if he or she falls.