One of life-changing things I learnt through Montessori is that babies are self-driven to learn. Quin is very handsy. She goes all around the room and finds things to touch, to taste, to manipulate. This is Quin at 10 months old. Watching her is like seeing a scientist at work.
Note that babies come in different temperaments. Some prefer to sit back and watch for a while before doing anything, some (like Knox) prefers interaction with people over objects…etc. The key thing is to allow young children and infants the freedom to move around, and design your space so there is not much you need to say no to, so they have the freedom to explore without being constantly checked and admonished.
I am grateful though that Quin seems to be coming out of her oral phase.