In the life of a baby, there are lots of latches. They find themselves being strapped into all sorts of things, with those tricky plastic buckles that only mommies and daddies can manage to undo. They’re too complicated for tiny baby fingers, but they are awfully fun to suck on. (Babies seem to especially enjoy sucking on them *while* the straps are being tightened by the parent, just to complicate things a little more.)
In Aili’s life, for example, those tasty plastic buckles have shown up on the bucket, on the big girl car seat, on two different strollers, on the swing, on the high chair, on the bouncy chair, on the booster seat, and even on the change table. Now, our booster seat can be strapped to a regular chair, but most of the time it lives on the counter, so some of the straps and buckles remain unused. I was fascinated to watch her yesterday trying to figure out how to snap the two ends together. Unfortunately she had one half the the buckle in one hand, and the end of a strap in the other. Poor kid never had a chance.
“Ok, so how does Mommy do this again?”