Just wanted to share a little story with you: I have a 7 month old son. Since I discovered RIE through your website he has never been in a Bumbo, Jolly Jumper, ‘seated activity centre’, or any other such device which would place him in a position he couldn’t get into himself, or which would restrict his freedom.
A few days ago I was with some new friends who both have babies similar in age to my son. They plonked their babies down in seated positions, and I lay my boy down on his back. The first thought that ran through my head was ‘those babies are younger and can sit so steadily, and my baby cannot do that at all’. I felt a twinge of inadequacy.
But then as we watched the babies, my boy flipped onto his tummy and proceeded to circle around the floor, grabbing any toys that caught his fancy, exploring and discovering. The other two babies just sat there playing with the toys their mothers handed them. The striking thing was that they didn’t even reach for new toys. Maybe they had learned already that if they tried to reach something they would just fall over. Or perhaps the thought of reaching for something they wanted hadn’t even occurred to them, since their mothers always handed them toys.
It’s interesting how you can read a point of view and understand conceptually the merits behind it, but it isn’t until you see it in practice that you truly understand it at a deep level. That day my son’s freedom and engagement provided a stark contrast to the alternative and made me so thankful that I discovered your site. Thank you!
Once again, so grateful for your wisdom and articles.
(Thanks so much to Elizabeth Pineda for sharing these gorgeous photos!)