I got the idea for this activity from Productive Parenting (which is a totally awesome site, I highly recommend it!), and I've been meaning to give it a try for a while. Well, today I finally pulled out some of Erik's old socks and a few jingle bells from my crafting supplies and we were ready to go in just a few minutes.
I was really curious to see how Paisley would react. When Erik was her age he HATED jingle bells, so I was pretty cautious with Paisley. Luckily, she loved it!
That being said, despite a (slight) potential choking risk, this little game has some good benefits. It encourages baby to kick and move her legs which builds her large muscles in her legs. It helps her be aware of her body and its location in space. It also teaches her that her actions can have consequences, however small, and that she has some control over her environment.