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1. I moved baby’s crib mattress to the lowest setting. Ryleigh can pull himself up to stand now, so I need to make sure Ryleigh doesn’t climb to a midnight escape!
2. Baby enjoys picking toys up, and Ryleigh can pass them from one hand to the other. Ryleigh also is starting to understand the names of some objects — if I say “ball” or “dog,” Ryleigh might look at the right toy.
3. Baby can start to eat a little bit of dairy like pasteurized cheese or yogurt. Cow’s milk is still off-limits, though.
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4. Baby is starting to learn more vocabulary beyond just nouns and verbs! I’m teaching Ryleigh adjectives like “empty” and “full” as well as prepositions like “in” and “out.” I use these words to describe what Ryleigh is doing and experiencing while we play.
5. Baby loves Ryleigh walking toy! I encourage Ryleigh to practice pulling himself up and “walking” while using a toy or furniture to balance.
6. I’m scheduling some time this week to spend time with other adults and have a real conversation, even if it’s just a playdate with babies in tow.
7. After baby’s in bed tonight, I’m going to light some scented candles and take a bubble bath to relax. My muscles are tired after a long day of carrying a growing baby!
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 Ryleigh understand real-life interaction and avoid overstimulating Ryleigh with too much noise and movement.
2. Baby can’t wait to start walking! Ryleigh can put Ryleigh’s full weight on Ryleigh’s legs, and Ryleigh 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 Ryleigh 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 Ryleigh gets really frustrated, that’s when I step in to help.
7. My baby loves to bounce! When I’m helping Ryleigh stand, I let Ryleigh bounce to strengthen those little legs. Ryleigh loves it!
1. Baby sleeps about 13 hours out of 24, including two naps. And Ryleigh can sleep through the night now! I feel like a new woman!
2. Baby has started eating finger food. Ryleigh 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. Ryleigh 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 Ryleigh 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 Ryleigh how to press buttons, turn pages, and roll a ball. Playing with Ryleigh is more fun every day as Ryleigh learns new skills!
7. I continue to teach my baby new words by talking about everything we see. I help Ryleigh make connections between experiences and the environment by saying things like, “Do you hear the dog barking?”
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