I didn’t write an age 0-1 obsessions post as apart from sniper crawling and cruising furniture, BattleKid didn’t really become obsessed about anything in particular. I don’t really think babies can in all honesty. But as they get older and start to become more aware of the world around them, then obsessions of sorts can develop.
Take BattleKid’s obsession with bikes and cars. It all started one Sunday afternoon last June when Mum and Dad were watching a MotoGP race on TV. BattleKid had seen some of the TT coverage a few weeks earlier but it was that June afternoon that changed everything. We had always known he might like bikes due to our influence but we couldn’t have envisaged just how obsessed he’d become with them.
He actually watched a full 20 minutes of the race, doing bike noises “nee-aw” and saying “oh no” to the riders who crashed. It was the longest he’d ever watched TV for up to that day and from that day on bikes have featured big time in BattleKid’s little life. Toy bikes can be found throughout the house and he’s always opening the garage door to say “hiya Dada’s bike”.
And it didn’t stop there once he got used to Dad’s car. When he gets into his seat in Dad’s car he shouts “go go go” and “faster” at BattleDad. He loves the sound of the engine! He is always looking to go in Dad’s car if he’s home. Car and bike mad!
Soon after another obsession was born in the form of Curious George. This one we can blame BattleKid’s Nan for. You see in July last year she sent him a knitted brown monkey stuffed toy which he took to straight away. He had never had a comforter or favourite soft toy but George quickly became it. BattleDad and I accidentally named him George and that was the name that stuck.
Well you can imagine BattleKid’s delight and surprise when he realised George was on the TV when an episode of Curious George was playing on Disney Junior one afternoon. That was it. The obsession was in full flow and Curious George became an overnight hit. Since then BattleKid has been dressed up as George for Halloween in nursery, had a monkey hat, had a Curious George themed birthday and has numerous Curious George toys and story books. And George “minds” BattleKid every night in bed.
Last but not least comes Mickey Mouse and Goofy thanks to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, also on Disney Junior. This obsession came late last year due to it being shown between 6 and 6.30am on Disney Junior. BattleKid soon realised he had two “meea-mouse” in his bed and discovered some of mum’s stash of Goofy toys. Since then he’s loved them, although not as much as George and asks for “meea-mouse” every morning in bed.
So there you have it, the three things BattleKid became obsessed with between the ages of 1 and 2. Have your children got an obsession about something in particular?
Thanks for reading,