It’s never too early to demonstrate turn-taking and today I played with Veronika in a few different ways to demonstrate.
First, we sat down for some musical fun, since she’s been very into instruments lately!
I played a drum for her and said “Mommy’s turn!” Then I pointed to her hands and removed my own. “Veronika’s turn,” I told her.
It took her a moment but then her little hands were on the drum rubbing and tapping. You can do this with just about any toy. Next up was a rain stick: Mommy’s turn!
And then a rattle.
You can also use this game to encourage skills that your baby will need later on, like dressing, washing, or brushing their own teeth (I wish I’d done something similar with Travis!). At bath time, I used the washcloth and again said, “Mommy’s turn.”
Then I handed it to her. For now it might be more of a toy than for washing, but she’ll get the idea.
The game was easy at toothbrushing time, since she already loves brushing her own tooth!
She barely gave me a turn before she took over!