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1. Baby is too young for screen time! I save my TV shows for when baby is in bed. While we’re playing together, I turn it off to help James understand real-life interaction and avoid overstimulating James with too much noise and movement.
2. Baby can’t wait to start walking! James can put James’s full weight on James’s legs, and James might stand up while holding onto furniture.
3. I make sure to include plenty of iron-rich foods like pureed meats on my baby’s menu.
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4. This week, I’m scheduling a babysitter for a couple of hours during the day so I can take a nap. I deserve it!
5. Babies are expensive, so I’m saving money when I can! I’ve started clipping coupons and planning meals in advance. I try to plan how to use leftovers, too.
6. I try to let baby figure things out herself. When James is trying to fit that square peg into the round hole on the puzzle toy, I don’t let myself intervene right away. This is a great opportunity for baby to develop problem-solving skills! If James gets really frustrated, that’s when I step in to help.
7. My baby loves to bounce! When I’m helping James stand, I let James bounce to strengthen those little legs. James loves it!
2. Baby has started eating finger food. James loves playing with it as much as eating it! I know picking up food is good for developing hand-eye coordination, so I’m not worried about table manners.
3. Baby is starting to learn about cause and effect. James loves testing it by dropping things to see what happens.
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4. Even though baby is getting more independent, taking care of James is exhausting! This week, I’ll make sure to ask my partner and my older kids for help with chores and household tasks.
5. I’m aware of what developmental milestones my baby should be able to do at this age, but I also know that every baby grows at his own pace. If I’m concerned that my baby might be delayed, I’ll make an appointment with my pediatrician.
6. Baby and I explore toys together. I show James how to press buttons, turn pages, and roll a ball. Playing with James is more fun every day as James learns new skills!
7. I continue to teach my baby new words by talking about everything we see. I help James make connections between experiences and the environment by saying things like, “Do you hear the dog barking?”
1. My baby is going places! James is starting to roll, scoot, and even crawl. Suddenly James is getting into everything! I’ve followed James around the house to spot anything that isn’t safe for a baby to explore, and I’ve made sure everything dangerous is out of reach or securely locked.
2. I don’t have to puree baby’s foods anymore. James can chew well, so I just boil food so it’s soft and mash it with a fork. My baby is practically eating with the family!
3. I’m still careful about which foods I give baby. I wait several days between introducing new foods, and I keep track of what foods James is eating. That way, if baby has an allergic reaction, I’ll know which food caused it.
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4. I feel like I’m busy all the time these days, but I try to make time to take care of myself, too. Even a quick shower does wonders for how I feel!
5. I’m making time for some “alone time” with my partner this week. Scheduling it may not be romantic, but it’s the only way to make it happen these days! We both know baby could interrupt, so we’re prepared to be flexible.
6. Now that baby’s mobile, James bumps her head constantly on the floor and on furniture. I know how to recognize a concussion, and I know what signs mean I should call my doctor or take James to the ER.
7. Baby puts everything in James’s mouth these days, and sometimes I find random things in James’s diaper a few days later! I know what symptoms would mean something’s stuck in his digestive tract.
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