Mommy and Baby Time

by Anita Petrov December 22, 2017

Mommy and Baby Time. 

The feeling when your baby touches your chest for the first time and cuddles with you is indescribable. It’s the moment I immediately felt like a mama lion ready to protect, love and push to do my best for this sweet baby. The skin to skin on my chest continued for months at home. We had a no shirt type of thing going on for a while where we would trade off snuggling for hours at a time.  It was natural and I soon learned all the benefits of what we were doing through our pediatrician. She started to talk to my husband and I about things we never knew about… development milestones.

Development Milestones.

I started to google development milestones. I asked around to figure out what sites I needed to go to and what other moms were doing. As a first time mommy, I had no clue what I was doing but I knew I wanted to do it all for our baby. We were the ones that would teach our baby how to lift her head, how to reach up for toys, smile, crawl, learn about different smells and try different foods. We were the ones who would hear those first words and know it came from our efforts of teaching her every day.

I was excited. I was excited to know that we were the ones helping her in those developmental milestones daily and we were the ones who would be able to see her progression. It made me happy and proud. And despite struggling some days here and there, I would push every day. I wanted our time together to be intentional and I wanted to stay ahead of what was to come for development so that our child would grow where her social, emotional and educational needs were met with love.

Write it down. Be Intentional.

I decided early on that I would create those intentional days by writing down our activity plans at night in my journal. I shared that plan with my husband so we were on the same page. I wanted to know what we were doing daily and actually do it. I didn’t want to be glued to my phone trying to figure out what the heck to do each day and end up not doing anything because I got overwhelmed trying to figure it out that day.  On top of that, I’ll be honest, it wasn’t everyday that I was jumping up for joy to play or create fun activities for our babe. Some days it was hard and most days I was excited about it. I found that when I wrote it down, I committed to it regardless and no matter what I was always happy with the end result… seeing her progression. There would be weeks where we would go over animals with different games or activities and one day out of the blue, my daughter looked in my eyes and said “baaaaaa”. I remember having tears in my eyes and moments like that kept pushing me to help her every day!  

Development Milestone Activities for Baby


Navigating and researching everything as a first time parent and mommy can be overwhelming which is why I wanted to be sure to not only include a development section for activity goals in our journal but also include the developmental milestones and what activities you can do with your child at every stage until they are 5 years old. This way you can have those intentional days just like me. And when you have those moments where you fill up with tears because you see the progression, you can write down it down in our milestone chart and have a memory keepsake. Now having two babes, I love looking back at my daughters milestones and seeing how our son is doing as well.

Development Milestones Milestone Chart for baby Growth Chart for baby

Development Activity Toys. 

I also gathered a list of developmental toys (0-3yrs) that touch on developmental areas such as emotional, language, self-help, cognitive, physical (fine & gross), sensory etc. These toys are my top choice and I made sure to connect with other mommy’s too to get their help and approval. I hope you like it and that it helps you 😊


0-12 months:

 Development Activity Toys for Ages 0-12 Months

  1. Infantino Discover Play Activity Mirror
  2. Green Toys Eight Piece Toy Starter
  3. Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether
  4. Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy
  5. Skip Hop Baby Infant and Toddler Camping Cubs Activity Gym and Playmat
  6. B. One Two Squeeze Blocks
  7. Edushape See-Me Sensory Balls
  8. HABA Musical Eggs - 5 Wooden Eggs with Acoustic Sounds
  9. Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone
  10. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Chomp and Clack Alligator Wooden Push Toy and Activity Walker
  11. Melissa & Doug K's Kids Pull-Back Vehicle Set - Soft Baby Toy Set With 4 Cars and Trucks and Carrying Case
  12. The First Years Stacking Up Cups
  13. Fat Brain Toys Oombee Cube
  14. HABA Kringelring Wooden Baby Rattle & Clutching Toy

 1-2 years:

Development Activity Toys for Ages 1-2 Years

  1. Pewi Ybike Ride on Toy and Walking Buddy
  2. Lego DUPLO My First Number Train
  3. Melissa & Doug Shapes Knob Wooden Puzzle
  4. Melissa & Doug ABC-123-Abacus
  5. Hape Little Drummer Kids Wooden Drum Music Set
  6. Mudpuppy My First Words Ring Flas Cards
  7. Hape Classic Colorful Barn Wooden Play Set
  8. Hape Pyramid of Play Wooden Toddler Wooden Nesting Blocks Set
  9. EverEarth Garden Activity Cube
  10. Melissa & Doug Animal Magnets in a box
  11. Green Toys Shape Sorter
  12. Melissa & Doug Food Groups

2-3 years:

Development Activity Toys for Ages 2-3 Years

  1. Cruzee Ultralite Balance Bike
  2. Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House Dust, Sweep, Mope Set
  3. Daball Toddler Soft Soccer Ball
  4. Lewo Wooden Geometric Blocks
  5. Learning Resources Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set
  6. OOLY, Chunkies Paint Sticks
  7. Toymarketing Interational Gymnic Rody Horse
  8. Geekper Button Art Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard Set
  9. Ppicasso Tiles Magnet Building Tiles
  10. Toysmith Garden Tool Set
  11. Baby Bjorn Step Stool
  12. LATT Childrens Table and Chairs
  13. Hape Eggspressions
  14. Ybike GLX Pro- 3 Wheel Kick Scooter


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Anita Petrov
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