Having the three kids together in the play room happens all the time. I have found that the kids are most curious about the baby and love watching him do stuff. They like to make him smile…and he is pretty obliging in general. in fact, the baby loves his twin brothers. his face lights up as soon as he sees them.
I want to be able to balance my time between my toddlers and my 41/2 month old baby…not let the twins feel like i am suddenly doing less with them and also ensuring that i do stuff that’s appropriate with the baby as well.
I have realized that the twins are at a stage where they love to copy or imitate people around them. So, i model how to interact and let them then do that with the baby. For example, Amu (baby boy) loves it when i make funny faces. He chuckles loudly in response. So i shake my head in a funny way and say out loud “i am shaking my head”, or i wiggle my tongue and say that out loud. I gently tickle his thighs or feet and say “tickle tickle”. The boys enjoy watching this and i let them try it too.
I also encourage the boys to ‘read’ to the baby. So they pick books and sit with him and show him the pictures, pretending to read to him. It’s good for the boys and it looks like the baby enjoys it too!
Similarly, when the twins are doing their puzzles, i let amu lie near us. He likes the bright puzzle pieces or blocks and steadily drags himself over and reaches out for them. The twins also often put a toy or a block a little distance from him and encourage him to crawl towards it.
I do not leave them unsupervised because the twins can get pretty boisterous!