Produce double as toys when you need to make lunch and nothing outside the kitchen interests the baby. Hint: oranges are harder to bruise than bananas or apples.
If your high chair has no belt to restrain your very enthusiastic child, getting her to eat a meal without either falling onto her head or crawling on the table can be difficult. The problem can be solved, however, if you play her an episode of Spooks (season 1 episode 4 if you must know, because she needs to be exposed to Hugh Laurie as much as possible) during the meal. YES I KNOW TV IS THE DEVIL but she never sees it at all, won’t even look at children’s shows (even if I beg her while I try to make some dinner pleasebabyplease watch 10 minutes of Dinosaur Train so I can cut potatoes) and I might as well cultivate a love of accents and spies in her early.
If you want to read the paper, but your baby won’t let you do so in peace…forget about peace. Read it aloud so you’re BOTH learning and surrender to the ripping of pages so you’re both having fun.