There are tons of educational toys and books in my house for Scarlett. For months she would play with them and I didn't think she was retaining any of the lessons because she was so young. The books I would read taught colors, letters, numbers, and animals. Even if she didn't fully understand, it's always good to reach to your child no matter what.
Make sure to read to your child daily
Now that Scarlett is almost 14 months old, I've seen a big change in the past 2-3 months in what she can grasp and retain. She knows a few select words and it's so rewarding as a parent to see your child growing and developing. As a parent you put so much time and effort into teaching and shaping your child to be the best they can be. It's amazing when that day finally comes and they understand and can tell you exactly what you want them to do. I believe repetition is key to having your child retain knowledge. Show them a book of animals and say this is the white cat, this is the black dog, etc. They'll learn colors and animals at the same time and soon enough they'll be able to show you the picture of the dog when asked.
Learning through play
A very exciting moment happened yesterday with Scarlett and I. We were reading a book and there was a picture of the moon in it. I pointed to the moon and then I asked her to show me where the moon was herself, which she did. I was so impressed and couldn't believe she did it, and I asked her many times afterwards and she showed me each time. Since I'm a stay-at-home-mom, my job is to be with Scarlett all day. The days can be long and tiring, but a moment like this makes all of the exhaustion go away. I felt like I had succeeded as a parent and taught my child, and you cannot put a price tag on that.
I can't wait to see how much Scarlett learns in the next few months, I'm sure she'll continue to surprise and impress me time and time again. This is such an exciting time and there's nothing like seeing your child learn.