1. Baby is constantly exploring and testing boundaries, and I try not to get mad when this happens. Aurora doesn’t understand that something is wrong — Aurora is just figuring out the world. I try to stay calm and patient, no matter what she does!
2. Some babies might be moving down to one nap at this age. I make sure that baby is still getting about 14 hours of sleep total every day.
3. Baby loves listening to rhyming poems and music! We play pat-a-cake, and I read Aurora some nursery rhymes. My partner tried to get a video of Aurora laughing!
4. Everything I’ve bought over the past few months has been for baby. I love shopping for Aurora, but this week, I’m buying something for myself, even if it’s just something small.
5. Even though baby is keeping me really busy, I’m trying to stay healthy. I make time to prepare good meals for myself as well as baby.
6. Baby seems to understand a lot more of what I say now! When Aurora is playing with a toy, I describe what Aurora is doing to help Aurora learn language concepts.
7. I’ve been working on teaching baby shapes and colors. I help baby learn shapes by pointing them out whenever I see them — Aurora’s plate is a circle, and my napkin is a square.
1. Baby has learned a new word! In addition to “mama” and “dada,” Aurora 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 — Aurora is so interested in looking around and exploring, Aurora doesn’t have time to sit still! I encourage Aurora to eat by taking Aurora 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 Aurora for a few minutes, and once Aurora is engaged with the toy, I step back and let Aurora play by herself. I’m patient with this, and I come back if he gets upset. Sometimes Aurora gets so absorbed in the toy, Aurora 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 Aurora 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 Aurora feel secure.