1. Baby has learned a new word! In addition to “mama” and “dada,” abel 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 — abel is so interested in looking around and exploring, abel doesn’t have time to sit still! I encourage abel to eat by taking abel 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 abel for a few minutes, and once abel is engaged with the toy, I step back and let abel play by herself. I’m patient with this, and I come back if he gets upset. Sometimes abel gets so absorbed in the toy, abel 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 abel 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 abel feel secure.