Question preceding my long post - How many stuffed animals should a 17 month old have? .
Though as I reflect on the post, I'm editing to add that the question may be more about what happens when baby wants you to do something and you suggest an alternative - like she do it herself.
We have a pretty spartan play area - I do a lot of continuum concept type stuff as far as making the whole house and regular activitis a playground.
Dd is working on molars. She's a little undernapped as a result, and also is a little irritable. I'm trying to recover from back pain I've had since pregnancy. Our stuffed animal collection has grown rapidly over the past 2 weeks thanks to the generosity of numerous business associates. Dd loves them all and she is often like a mother cat, carrying them two by two from place to place. The latest arrival, a large fluffy rabbit, showed up yesterday.
This morning, not quite herself, Dd stood among them unable to choose. As she sometimes does, she wanted me to pick them up for her. I have generally rewarded her ventures into communication and showed that I understand what she wants, by doing so, and it's often just one after the other and I'm practically smothered.
I decided I needed to stop doing that because of my back, and I put her on the floor and told her gently that she can pick up and carry the ones she most wants.
She would not pick up a single animal. Raised her arms to come back up. Back up, she pointed to the animals again.
I explained that Mom's back hurts and I can carry her but I cannot bend over at the same time and pick up animals. She was also much more irrtable than usual, I didn't think getting the animals was even really the issue. I think general toddler frustration was the biggest issue. And she may have been upset with me for not being as cooperative as usual. I put some herbal tincture onto her gums, talked to her about how she might be feeling (sort of an Aware Baby thing for those familiar with that - I'll put up a link to a discussion on that at the bottom) and then announced we were going for a walk outside.
After getting into the sling and getting a change of scene, she was much better.
Dd is now napping and I've picked up all but the most favorite of animals and put them in a bag hidden away. I also got rid of toys she doesn't play with anymore, as well as the rocking horse BIL handed down to us, that sits right next to the rocking snail IL's gave us, that sits right next to the rocking chair my mother gave us. The horse was the least nice of all those items.
The room is much less cluttered now. I also cleared off my desk, and several other cluttered surfaces. I'm hoping the improved Feng Shui around here decreases what I think was sensory overload.
So as far as stuffed animals, toys, puzzle pieces, blocks, etc., how many is good?Discussion of Aware Baby - Frustrated Babies and Toddlers