1. Baby has learned a new word! In addition to “mama” and “dada,” rayan says one other word like “hi,” “bye” or “no.”
2. If I haven’t yet, I’m installing safety gates at the top and bottom of our stairs. Baby wants to climb and explore everything, and I want to keep the stairs off-limits!
3. My baby might become less interested in breastfeeding or bottle-feeding at this age — rayan is so interested in looking around and exploring, rayan doesn’t have time to sit still! I encourage rayan to eat by taking rayan into a quiet, dark room where there aren’t so many distractions.
4. My partner and I are making time for intimacy this week. Even if we don’t have time for sex, we’ll have an intimate conversation and talk about something besides just baby.
5. I’m helping baby learn to entertain herself. I play with rayan for a few minutes, and once rayan is engaged with the toy, I step back and let rayan play by herself. I’m patient with this, and I come back if he gets upset. Sometimes rayan gets so absorbed in the toy, rayan doesn’t even notice when I step out of the room for a minute!
6. I don’t want a picky eater, so I’m offering baby lots of different kinds of foods! I give rayan different types of grains like quinoa and barley, lots of vegetables like cauliflower and zucchini, and various fruits like cantaloupe and pumpkin.
7. My partner and I sat down with each other and any other caregivers to make sure the rules for baby are always the same. Consistent rules will help rayan feel secure.
7. Baby’s crib is sidecarred: it’s attached to our bed, and the side next to our bed has the rail removed. This makes it easy for baby to sleep in rayan’s own space and still cuddle up to me when rayan wants some comfort at night.