The first 18 months of your
child's life is rife with change. As soon as you learn to time your weekly
meetings so they perfectly align with naps, your baby will switch it up. Once
you find a good rhythm for nursing and feeding, all of a sudden it’s time for
solid foods. You can’t depend on your child for consistency, but you can create
a space where they are comfortable, feel welcome, and stay safe - a “Yes”
space. It won’t require remodeling your home, either; young children don't need
a roomful of store-bought items to keep them stimulated and engaged. They just
need a thoughtful and more minimal space than we might imagine.
What is a "Yes” Space?
Most rooms in our homes are
designed around convenience for adults. Even a nursery is an adult space, where
children need to be monitored or contained. Once they start crawling,
everything can be a danger unless your space is one where the child moves
independently without getting hurt. If you begin by designing it for their
height, their convenience, and their age appropriate independent exploration,
you will feel freer to focus on your computer and work through daily tasks.
But it doesn't require a full
remodel either! Here are some space hacks and inexpensive toys to create a safe
play space in your home office. Most of these activities require a certain time
where you model the behavior: reading, for instance, or pouring. Once your
child can work through the motions and intentions with you a few times, they
will take that knowledge and go even deeper on their own. Just a few baskets of
enriching toys could give you 5-20 minutes to work at a time.