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Jessica Bishop answered to:
Baby Checklist. Month 11 Week 1
1. I’ve scheduled another vaccination visit for baby. This month, Zoie will get Zoie’s final Hib and PCV13 doses, as well as another DTaP and another MMR. Zoie will also get a dose of Hep A, and if it’s flu season, Zoie will get a flu shot, too.
2. Baby took Zoie’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. Zoie is fascinated by putting things in and taking them out. I don’t even need toys these days — Zoie 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!
Jessica Bishop answered to:
Baby Checklist. Newborn
1. My baby got Zoie’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 Zoie 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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Jessica Bishop answered to:
Baby Checklist. Month 10 Week 3
1. My baby has a lot of books, and I keep them on a low bookshelf so Zoie can reach them. Sometimes Zoie brings them to me so I’ll read them, but sometimes Zoie just sits and looks at them herself! This “pre-reading” is great for developing Zoie’s reading skills and imagination.
2. I’m teaching baby to respect our pets, even though they’re Zoie’s favorite toys. I tell Zoie “no” when Zoie pulls on the dog’s tail, and then I redirect Zoie by demonstrating “gentle touch.” I also keep Zoie and the pets safe by storing pet food and cat litter well out of baby’s reach.
3. Now that baby is almost walking, it’s especially important that Zoie’s shoes fit well and are comfortable. I make sure to try shoes on Zoie before I buy them, and I let Zoie wear them for a bit to make sure Zoie seems comfortable.
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4. I want baby to grow up eating healthy, so I’m trying to set a good example. I make balanced meals for myself that include lots of colors and lots of veggies.
5. I’m sewing baby clothes! It’s really satisfying to create something out of (almost) nothing. I’ve even learned to create my own patterns — and I’m starting to make clothes for myself, too.
6. I’ve picked out a cake for my baby’s birthday! I might even want two cakes — one for the guests to eat, and one for baby to play with for pictures.
7. When I’m having a rough day, I keep a list of memories that make me smile. They’re mostly funny things my baby does, because even the worst day gets better when I remember those adorable moments.
Jessica Bishop answered to:
Baby Checklist. Month 10 Week 2
1. I’m getting tired of all our baby books, so I’m buying a couple of new ones this week — fun ones with colors and textures that baby will love to touch and explore. Reading books together at this age will help baby develop a lifelong love of reading!
2. Baby might be able to stand, stoop and even squat without help now! Zoie is practicing balancing without holding onto anything.
3. I know how to take care of baby’s skin. I have good, nontoxic sunscreen, and and I know how to treat insect bites or stings. Baby and I are ready for good weather and lots of time outside!
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4. My partner and I are doing a puzzle together in the evenings after baby is in bed. Before we go to bed, we make sure to move the puzzle somewhere baby can’t reach it — under the couch, or on top of a table.
5. My partner and I joined a community class or activity like a bowling league or a dance class. This will give us a chance to regularly spend time out with friends.
6. Baby gets fussy at the end of the day, so I try to take Zoie out for a walk in the stroller every evening before dinner. Bonus: we meet my partner as he’s on his way home.
7. Baby is starting to enjoy toys that let him imitate real life. Zoie loves to “call” me on his toy phone and drink from his toy tea set! These kinds of toys help baby learn about the world.
Jessica Bishop answered to:
Baby Checklist. Month 9 Week 1
1. Baby has learned a new word! In addition to “mama” and “dada,” Zoie 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 — Zoie is so interested in looking around and exploring, Zoie doesn’t have time to sit still! I encourage Zoie to eat by taking Zoie into a quiet, dark room where there aren’t so many distractions.
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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 Zoie for a few minutes, and once Zoie is engaged with the toy, I step back and let Zoie play by herself. I’m patient with this, and I come back if he gets upset. Sometimes Zoie gets so absorbed in the toy, Zoie 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 Zoie 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 Zoie feel secure.
Jessica Bishop answered to:
Baby Checklist. Month 10 Week 1
1. I’ve started planning for baby’s first birthday! This party is more for me than for Zoie, 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 Zoie doesn’t like it much! Zoie gets frustrated when I tell Zoie no. I try to gently redirect Zoie so Zoie 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 Zoie is really talking. This will help Zoie develop confidence as Zoie learns to speak!
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