This is probably one of the best things I’ve ever done. Mila’s changing table is on top of her dresser and started as nothing but a wood cubby hole. When she was very little I added decals* all over the space, (probably after a suggestion from my cousin), to entertain Mila while she was being changed or dressed.
As she got older, Mila would start pointing at the different animals and I would name them. Now that she’s more than a year old, we go through the animals every night as I lotion her and dress her in her PJs, naming the animals and making the animal sounds. Mila recognized the giraffe right away and is becoming more familiar with the tiger, lion, snake, monkey, kola, hippo, rhino and elephant. She knows that the lion and tiger go “rahh!”, the monkey goes “ooo, ooo, ooo”, and she’s learning that the snake makes a “sssss” sound.
On a side note, Mila has been making the piggy sound for months now (snorting) and we’ve taught her a few others, (the cow says “moo”, for example). It’s been difficult getting this on camera, however, the other day I succeeded!
*I picked up the decals at a local department store for less than ten dollars. One sheet was more than enough to cover the space.