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Baby Checklist. Month 11 Week 1
1. I’ve scheduled another vaccination visit for baby. This month, Briella will get Briella’s final Hib and PCV13 doses, as well as another DTaP and another MMR. Briella will also get a dose of Hep A, and if it’s flu season, Briella will get a flu shot, too.
2. Baby took Briella’s first steps! And we caught them on camera!
3. Baby can handle a bumpier stroller ride now, so I’m investing in a jogging stroller. Now I can get baby outside while also getting myself some real exercise!
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4. Baby loves sorting objects into containers. Briella is fascinated by putting things in and taking them out. I don’t even need toys these days — Briella can get completely absorbed in playing with an old baby wipes box and a few toilet paper rolls.
5. While I’m out jogging or walking with baby, I’ll take a minute to appreciate something beautiful in nature like the sunrise, sunset or a wildflower.
6. My dentist told me I can start using toothpaste on baby’s teeth, so I bought some fluoride-free toothpaste. I’ll use this until baby is old enough to learn to spit it out instead of swallowing.
7. I’ve started writing morning pages in my journal. Every morning when I first wake up, I write a page or two or draw a picture about whatever pops into my head. It’s really helping to spark my creativity!
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Melissa MiddletonPennington Gap, Virginia
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Baby Checklist. Newborn
1. My baby got Briella’s first vaccination — a dose of Hepatitis B that’s given at birth. I also scheduled my baby’s first doctor appointment.
2. Who knew poop would ever be so interesting? I’m counting my baby’s diapers to make sure Briella has at least 6 wet ones and 3 dirty ones every 24 hours.
3. I’m hungrier now than I was when I was pregnant! I need 300-500 extra calories if I’m breastfeeding, so I’m eating at least 2,000 calories every day.
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4. We’re ready to bring baby home! I washed all the baby clothes and bedding in a hypoallergenic detergent that’s designed not to irritate baby’s sensitive skin.
5. This hospital underwear is pretty practical. I’ve bought some disposable underwear of my own and some extra-long pads to protect me during postpartum bleeding.
6. I’ve got a postpartum support belt or wrap to support my belly as I’m healing. If I had a C-section, I’ve also bought some scar healing cream with vitamin E.
7. If I plan to bottle feed, then I’ve got the right equipment. My newborn needs small, 4 oz bottles and stage 1 nipples. I’ve also got a bottle brush to keep my bottles clean.
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Baby Checklist. Month 10 Week 1
1. I’ve started planning for baby’s first birthday! This party is more for me than for Briella, so I might just plan a small family-only party — or I might plan a big bash with all my mom friends. Either way, I’ll keep it short so it doesn’t interfere with naptime!
2. Baby might be getting really good at “cruising” — walking around the room while holding the furniture for balance.
3. My baby really understands “no” now — and Briella doesn’t like it much! Briella gets frustrated when I tell Briella no. I try to gently redirect Briella so Briella gets interested in something else.
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4. If I feel frustrated with my partner or with myself as a mom, I write it down in a journal. This can help me process my emotions and get a better perspective. If I don’t like writing, I can do the same by sketching a picture. I’m not trying to make great art — this is just to help me to get my feelings out.
5. I’ve learned a pro mom style tip: eye highlighter under my eyes helps me look more awake. Hey, even if I feel sleepy, I don’t have to look that way!
6. Baby is mostly sleeping all night, but I’ve been staying up late after bedtime to get stuff done! This week, I’ll make a point of going to bed early — not long after baby’s bedtime — so I can get more sleep.
7. When baby babbles at me, I respond as if Briella is really talking. This will help Briella develop confidence as Briella learns to speak!
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Baby Checklist. Month 8 Week 2
1. Baby waves “bye-bye” to everyone and everything — even himself! Before we leave the house, we walk around and wave to all Briella’s favorite toys.
2. Baby seems to prefer one hand over the other. This could be Briella’s permanent hand preference, but it’s too early to know for sure.
3. Whenever possible, I keep my baby barefoot. This helps Briella’s foot muscles develop properly, and it strengthens Briella’s arches. Barefoot is the best way to learn to walk!
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4. Baby is starting to understand simple commands. I’m teaching Briella “no” and “stop” — they’re important for safety as well as discipline! I make a game of it to make it fun for Briella to learn.
5. Even though baby sleeps pretty well, I still feel tired all the time! I got myself a gel eye mask to help with the dark circles under my eyes.
6. Movie night with my partner tonight! After baby is in bed, we’re renting a movie, popping some popcorn, and snuggling up together on the couch.
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 Briella’s own space and still cuddle up to me when Briella wants some comfort at night.
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