Parenting is indeed the ultimate adventure, and it is especially so when you end up having a kid who is the polar opposite of both you and your co-parent. Mr. Carrot and I are the definition of low key people. We’re not very physically active (to our own detriment, but that’s another discussion), and before we had Baby Carrot, we spent a good chunk of our free time curled up with Netflix, reading, going out to movies and dinners with friends. We love to travel and explore, but we prefer to do so at a leisurely pace. Our growing toddler, however, is in non-stop, rapid motion, literally and figuratively. Before she was mobile, she always needed her sources of entertainment varied – a playmat would only keep her occupied for so long. Once she figured out crawling and then walking, toys became secondary to things on shelves, things in containers, things in cabinets, etc. These days, her biggest source of pleasure is to be climbing into, over or through something, so Mr. Carrot and I have been burning some extra calories and working on ideas to keep up with our bundle of curiosity.
During the week, Baby C is in daycare, and since she’s in a home daycare with limited resources, her activity level there is limited accordingly. Thus on weekends, we aim to get her as much active time as possible, and we try our best to mix up the activities so that she both has an outlet for all her energy but also a variety of learning experiences to go with it. Here are some of our favorite ways to keep Baby C engaged: