A space blanket was the first item bought for Ioan’s first treasure basket. It was so well played with by him and Finn, that it fell to pieces. We keep the pieces (now the size of a large muslin cloth) in the changing bag for Cian to play with when we are put and about.


  • Space blanket (Foil Survival Emergency Blanket)


I’ve not shared much of our baby play recently as we’ve just survived ‘four teeth fortnight’. Cian’s needed lots of cuddles and hours of dancing around to the La La Land soundtrack.

Thankfully the giggles are back and Cian, 8 months, is well and truly on the move. He’s happy with the way he can move around easily, but the house is a tip. He gets about with a mixture of rolling and crawling backwards, upending toy baskets left, right and centre, but it’s interesting to see which toys he chooses to play with.

Cian pulls the space blanket out every day. He giggles and shrieks whilst he rolls around on top, or underneath the blanket.

He gets very giddy with all the rustling from the blanket. But when you give him a book to ‘read’, he calms right down.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS (2013)

Communication and language

Listening and attention (Birth to 11 months)

• Turns towards a familiar sound then locates range of sounds with accuracy.

• Listens to, distinguishes and responds to intonations and sounds of voices.

• Reacts in interaction with others by smiling, looking and moving.

• Quietens or alerts to the sound of speech.


Speaking (Birth to 11 months)

• Makes own sounds in response when talked to by familiar adults.

• Practises and gradually develops speech sounds (babbling) to communicate with adults; says sounds like ‘baba, nono, gogo’.

Physical development

Moving and handling (Birth to 11 months)

• Turns head in response to sounds and sights.

• Gradually develops ability to hold up own head.

• Makes movements with arms and legs which gradually become more controlled.

• Rolls over from front to back, from back to front.

• When lying on tummy becomes able to lift first head and then chest, supporting self with forearms and then straight arms.

  • Watches and explores hands and feet, e.g. when lying on back lifts legs into vertical position and grasps feet.

• Reaches out for, touches and begins to hold objects.

• Explores objects with mouth, often picking up an object and holding it to the mouth.

Personal, social and emotional development

Self-confidence and self-awareness (Birth to 11 months)

• Laughs and gurgles, e.g. shows pleasure at being tickled and other physical interactions.

• Uses voice, gesture, eye contact and facial expression to make contact with people and keep their attention.

Managing feelings and behaviour (Birth to 11 months)

  • Shows a range of emotions such as pleasure, fear and excitement.

Making relationships (Birth to 11 months)

• Enjoys the company of others and seeks contact with others from birth.

• Responds when talked to, for example, moves arms and legs, changes facial expression, moves body and makes mouth movements.

• Recognises and is most responsive to main carer’s voice: face brightens, activity increases when familiar carer appears.