The Awakening of Your Child, with Chantal Truchis Owner, Psychologist

She is also the author of “the awakening of your child”, published by “Albin Michel” and “I have read”, based on long observation of babies in nursery and nursery.

According to you, what is the definition of a good toy?

A good toy (which can often be a common object) must allow the child to explore, to experiment, to discover… This is why it should not be too sophisticated, the risk of leaving little space observation and concentration, creativity and imagination: the child to invent the use of his toy, which will evolve with time. If the child only has to press a button to trigger, for example, the output of the duck, he is very active and will tire quickly of his toy…

What should be the attitude of adults?

In General, “update available” is the key word. The adult must be available to the child a number of objects, toys and amenities, it will use according to their tastes, but also capabilities, at a point, it is ready to develop. The parent to be good observer, watching what interests her child, what he does with the objects proposed… When activities become more complex (around the age of 2 years), we can show him what he can do with a toy. But you should always avoid too much…

When the child is two or three months, it essentially to “furnish” its space?

Yes, but without imposing anything him and bearing in mind that the first infant toy, it’s his own body… See the intensity with which he looks at his fingers, moving, waving its legs… by being attentive to how he feels. Just to have some colorful bracelets, small colourful fabrics, a slight rattle, at his side and observe: his facial expressions, his attitude will speak for him. The ideal is to put it, when he is awake, on a flat and firm big enough – on a bed surrounded by bolsters, for example, then, later, when he starts to crawl on a thick to even the floor – mat so that it has greater freedom of movement.

You have a very reserved attitude regarding the use of the mobile above the bed…

Actually, because it is something imposed on the baby on a permanent basis and who don’t necessarily like him: the mobile can play… or upset! Important therefore, once again, to ensure the interest of the baby’s… Whatever it is, must not place too near the eyes but at a certain distance from him, also to not limit his interest in everything that surrounds

And what do you think of the portico of bed (around 4-5 months)?

As soon as one starts from the principle that the bed is a place for resting and sleeping, the use of the portico of bed complicates understanding since they can also be encouraged to play: it may excite some children who will then struggle to get to sleep… Here again, each child will react differently. As the portico of ground – done to get the child to reach hands, swinging, to recover… – my observation of babies taught me that babies are moving more, make a lot more movements, with the toys placed around them: they turn, move to enter them, make them move, find them…

From 6 months, the child enters a phase of learning “controlled movement”, he is more skilled: the attitude of the adult should remained basically observant?

To progress, the child needs a look attentive and caring. I can tell you the example of a girl of 6-7 months that it had placed on your back on a mat on the floor in the bathroom. It had at its disposal a small bowl that she held and stirred with his hands and his feet. The mother put in his small rubber elephant. Moving up, she realized that this was the noise. With his mom, we simply look at her: she was totally interested by this noise when she moved and stunned by the silence when she was pinned… At one point, the elephant is out of the bowl and the sound stopped completely, even when she moved. We’re not intervened and, after having still shaken several times the container became silent, the girl was arrested… She turned: she acknowledged the elephant fell next to her? His whole body was tense in action and it was wonderful to attend this long work of reflection and observation (which lasted about ten minutes), this baby was leading independently…

From 11-12 months, the age of the first not and exploration, you insist on the “space of Awakening” planning of the child…

Yes, it’s an age where you need to focus on motor activity in her landscaping, for example, a mini-circuit that he can explore at their own pace. Just a sofa, one or more big hard pillows, some packages of full laundry and a mattress on which he will be dragging… Furthermore, all of the “containers” (boxes SOAP, small buckets, cups…) become very interesting and will remain until the age of 3-4 years. They allow the child to become aware of the volumes (which is very long), dimensions: put in, out, hide…

You say that it is important to store toys of the child, the night… why?

Indeed, it is essential that the rings are again strung on their stem, ski lift removable toys… Their consistent presentation allows the child to find his bearings and will generate more interest than if they are scattered in the room…

How to be certain that a new toy will appeal to the child?

As long as the child has not “tried it”, can never be certain. But a toy that is not immediately his interest may well be stored then emerged some time later. He must also do not give the child too many toys at a time and do not put in a situation that he cannot control. Finally, it is better to avoid to take him to a toy store: plenty of items for sale may put it in a great state of frustration!