1. Baby is constantly exploring and testing boundaries, and I try not to get mad when this happens. Synthia doesn’t understand that something is wrong — Synthia 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 Synthia some nursery rhymes. My partner tried to get a video of Synthia laughing!
4. Everything I’ve bought over the past few months has been for baby. I love shopping for Synthia, 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 Synthia is playing with a toy, I describe what Synthia is doing to help Synthia 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 — Synthia’s plate is a circle, and my napkin is a square.
1. Baby has learned a new word! In addition to “mama” and “dada,” Synthia 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 — Synthia is so interested in looking around and exploring, Synthia doesn’t have time to sit still! I encourage Synthia to eat by taking Synthia 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 Synthia for a few minutes, and once Synthia is engaged with the toy, I step back and let Synthia play by herself. I’m patient with this, and I come back if he gets upset. Sometimes Synthia gets so absorbed in the toy, Synthia 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 Synthia 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 Synthia feel secure.
1. Baby has been having a harder time falling asleep at bedtime, and Synthia isn’t always sleepy at Synthia’s usual naptimes. I think it’s time to move from three naps a day to two.
2. Baby loves to practice walking around while holding my hand! There’s nothing sweeter than feeling those little fingers wrapped around mine — even though I get exhausted from bending over so Synthia can reach my hand.
3. My partner and I have talked about our discipline philosophy and how we want to approach teaching baby right from wrong. Toddler tantrums are just around the corner, so we want to be prepared!
4. I give myself a treat this week — something decadent and delicious like a muffin, a cupcake or a parfait. I’ll sit down and relax while I eat it, even if that means I have to wait till naptime.
5. I talk to my baby all day long — while we’re getting dressed, cooking dinner and playing. Listening to me talk helps Synthia understand how communication works.
6. I take some time in the evening to relax and read in my PJs.
7. I got my hair done! I asked for a cute, low-maintenance style. I don’t even have to blow dry it now!