Today I took my 6 month old son to a program my local library does called Wee Wonders. It is specifically designed for babies 0-18 months. I've wanted to take him for a long time, but as a full time working mom, I'm not usually around on a Monday morning to take him. Well, boy am I glad I finally found the time to go. We had so much fun! The librarian who ran the program did a lovely job. She started by having us sing a simple song as she went around an introduced a Lamb Chop puppet to all of the babies. Then we sang some more songs with simple hand motions. Sometimes I helped my son do the hand motions other times I just did them with my hands in front of him so he could see what I was doing. After about 3 songs she read a story to the babies and then we sang a few more songs. Just like before all of the songs had simple melodies and hand motions to go along with them. For the last 10 minutes of the program she passed out bubbles and we could blow bubbles for our babies. This was my son's first experience with bubbles and he was fascinated. Unfortunately he doesn't yet move fast enough to reach the bubbles before they pop, but I think that's part of the mystery of bubbles for him.
If I was around on Monday mornings this would become a regular part of my baby's week. It was fun for him to be around other babies and fun for me to watch him explore and interact with me and other babies. Lucky for me, summer is just a few months away, and then we'll be able to make library time a regular part of our week. In the mean time, at least I've got about five new songs (with hand motions) that the two of us can sing together.