Baby’s First Day Planner

by doodaddy on October 30, 2007

Day Planner

Can you tell what days we saw Mike and Emmeline?

I have to share a Martha Stewart moment with you — if it’s any consolation, it’s a very sloppy and artistically unimpressive Martha Stewart moment.

I made a baby calendar.

I owe the idea to a friend whose baby is one of those oh-so-verbal envy-inducing (even in the most grounded of parents) toddlers. They’ve got a lot going on — daddy travels a lot, and they have various weekly activities, too. So mom makes a calendar every month, and she told us how much it helps her kid to know what’s coming, even a few days off. (“In two days you get to see Connie! On Saturday you’re spending the night with your Auntie!”)

Stolen Stickers

Spending the morning with the entire family.

To be honest, I was skeptical that a 20-month old could get the concept, so I haphazardly drew some lines on blank paper. I even got some Avery inkjet stickers so I could print pictures of Boo’s family and friends for the calendar. (As an aside, I made a tactical error in letting her play with the first sheet of labels, though, as you can see.) The results are really amateurish, but, as promised, Boobaby loves the calendar — she examines it every day, and she helps cross out the days gone by, too.

Closing in on two, Boo’s seeming to want more control over her life these days — she picks her own clothes and likes a selection of food, for example — and the calendar seems to give her some security about what the future holds.

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Elaine Hooton October 30, 2007 at 5:36 am

That’s really a great idea. I do this with my daughter when we have a busy month, but I’ve never used stickers. I usually just draw various things. Her grandparents have a bus they have turned into an RV, so when they are coming I draw a bus. We usually do the calender a month in advance every time they come.

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Dawn October 30, 2007 at 6:48 am

Nice. We call that a visual schedule in the biz – and it’s *great* for kids who have limited language skills.

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Xbox4NappyRash October 30, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Brilliant Idea.

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Ann Marie October 31, 2007 at 4:02 am

Are you ok????? are you a little shaky?? As soon as I heard the news I had to write!

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Aimee Greeblemonkey October 31, 2007 at 6:02 am

Wait till she starts making her OWN calendars, and deciding which days go where.

…and hope you weren’t affected by the earthquake.

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P Moyer February 11, 2008 at 9:33 am

Using stickers is a great idea. We use magnets on ours.

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