Quiet time. Being the third child, Cian often gets overstimulated by two very keen playmates. Mondays are the only day when both big brothers are out of the house. Cian struggles to relax without all the background noise so I’m trying to encourage him to enjoy the peace and quiet.


  • High contrast patterns
  • Blanket or rug
  • Boppi Teepee


We thought it was important that Cian had some space that was just his. He is constantly being smothered in kisses by Ioan and talked at by Finn, so we wanted an area that was slightly closed off.

We can’t avoid the constant noise, but at least we can prevent some of the visual overstimulation. A teepee is perfect as it provides a bit of coverage, whilst still allowing Cian to be part of family life. The boys loved assembling the teepee for him, as much as he enjoys going in it.

For the high contrast patterns, I repurposed a hard book called ‘Hello Baby’ by Prissy Books. It was a favourite with the boys and had been very well chewed, so wasn’t fit to reuse but I wasn’t ready to get rid of it.

Cian was captivated with the high contrast patterns. I love seeing his concentrating face as much as his happy face.

Our teepee is set up in front of the window, so the lighting is always changing, which keeps his interest even more. In the picture below, the sun went behind a cloud which made him giggle.

Cian prefers being on his back, so I let him relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, before and after some tummy time.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS (2013)

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.

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

Managing feelings and behaviour (Birth to 11 months)

• Is comforted by touch and people’s faces and voices.

• 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.

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