For the given scenario below, what type of Individual Care Plan should one give to the child below for his daily activites related to being in a child care center?
“I am so frustrated with Bobby! He is only 8 months old, but he is already very mobile. Not only can he crawl, but this boy loves to climb! Three days ago, I had to get him off the bookshelf twice! When I change his diaper, he is all over the place. More than once, I had to have my co-teacher help me hold him so that I could get his diaper off safely. I was really worried that he was going to roll right off of the changing table. Not only is he physically active, but his emotions are all over the place. He screams and cries really loudly whenever he is hungry or tired or when he feels like he can’t do something. There is no in-between with him; he is either fine or screaming. When someone new comes into the room or when I change something in the environment, it takes him a long time to get used to it. He cries, or he won’t look at the new toy or person. It is so strange. I also really struggle with getting his attention. When he is playing (or climbing on the bookshelf), he is very focused on what he’s doing. For a while I thought that maybe he has a hearing problem, but, thankfully, his hearing is great. He just doesn’t want to pay attention to me when he’s involved with something else. But when I finally can get his attention, he always has a smile for me. I really love his smiles. I just wish I understood him better so that I could be smiling more, too.
This is a very difficult situation and there are no perfect answers. In light of this, I will give you some suggestions.
First, at 8 months old, a baby can be sleep trained. So, this might be a good step in the right direction. To do this, you will need a routine, so that the baby will get to know that it is sleep time. This will require you to be consistent. This is the most important point. Consistency is a perhaps the best teacher for babies.
Second, along with sleep training, you will need to create a consistent daily route as well. This will allow Bobby to form good habits. So, eating should be done at the same time as well as other activities.
Finally, if Bobby is active, then it might be good to baby proof a playroom where Bobby can explore and be active. This will also tire him out, which will help with feeding time and sleeping time.