Would you like to play a game called Me, Baby? Of course you would and here is how:
1. Whether you encourage it or not, somewhere along the line your child will want to pretend to be a baby again. Having a new baby in the house will influence the extent and frequency of Me, Baby! You'll recognize step one when your child enters the room at a crawl or stagger and announces, "Me, baby!"
2. Your best bet is to go along with it. "Oh! My goodness! Look at this cute baby!"
3. Your "baby" will most likely gurgle, coo, or cry in response.
4. Pick her up and hold her over your shoulder as if she were an infant. Pat or rub her back while you sing a quick version of Rock-A-Bye Baby.
5. Pretending the couch is a crib or bassinet, lie her down with an imaginary bottle. "Here's your bottle, baby. You just lie there and watch Mommy wash the dishes!"
6. When your "baby" tires of lying still she may fuss or cry.
7. Take the imaginary bottle away and hand her a toy or keys to play with. "Play with this, baby. Mommy can't hold you right now."
8. Next time she "cries" pick her up again or rock her in a rocking chair.
9. A good way to end is simply to put the "baby" to bed. While you pretend to put on her pajamas, talk to yourself. "Boy, I sure will be glad when you are a big girl. I wish I had a big girl who could talk and play and help me. I'm awfully tired of babies!"
10. If your child wants to continue the game, tell her that babies sleep most of the time!
That is a quote. That is all a quote. I love how every single step is written out. If you didn't have this guide and your child staggered into the room pretending to be a baby, you'd probably end up freaking out and screaming BENJAMIN BUTTON WAS TRUE while forcibly diapering her and/or pressing her mouth against your bare breast. I mean wouldn't you?
Of course there are illustrations. Of course there are the worst illustrations.
This picture creeps me out so bad
and I don't know why--
maybe because the child's reflection
appears to be an independent entity
capable of turning away from its source
and looking the reader in the eye
Pillow Panic is a fucked-up game,
no two ways about it
Step 2 of Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty goes as follows:
Once your child is in position, find out just how much
she knows about cats. Ask, "What do kitties say?
Can you meow like a kitty?"
Games of Fantasy for Babies indeed