|Babies this age love to laugh and are easily amused. They
are also aware of their ability to make you laugh, and once
you have found an activity funny, they will repeat it over
and over. Lots of silly activities like animal noises, false
coughs, funny faces and cute actions will become firm parts
of the repertoire! Baby will be easily encouraged to trot
out these actions for doting friends and family. Baby will
also be able to charm you by identifying you as mama or
dada. Nothing melts the heart in quite the same way! Baby
may even have another word or two up the sleeve. It’s
just so much fun having a baby this age around.
Who is that?
The baby who smiled at everyone and was happy to cuddle
anyone who was willing is becoming a thing of the past.
This baby is now becoming suspicious of strangers, and may
become unwilling to be held by anyone other than the select
few. Introducing a baby sitter or new carer will become
a bit more tricky. For this reason, if baby is still willing
to go to strangers, consider letting baby become familiar
with a baby sitter or two, to ease things later.
Baby is exploring the world as fast as he can, and can be
quite driven to learn and discover. The downside of this
is that baby can get easily frustrated. Remember that frustration
is one of the things that drives baby to learn to crawl,
walk and talk. It’s a necessary part of development.
So don’t be too tempted to reduce baby’s levels
of frustration by using things like baby walkers. Short
periods of supervised time in these types of gadgets can
really help a baby who is overwhelmed with frustration.
And they are fun. However, baby needs the physical development
that comes with the stages of crawling and walking, and
you should restrain yourself from interfering too quickly.
Baby is learning and observing the way you behave, so this
is a good time to start improving your diet to give baby
a good example. Filling the house with healthy foods is
a good habit to get into for the whole family, and the desire
to do the best for baby can be a great incentive to clean
up your own act! The food that you dish up for baby should
be simple and nutritious. Try to stay away from sugar, salt
and highly processed foods. Baby really doesn’t need
much seasoning, and it is important for baby to get the
taste of plain foods first. By letting your baby experience
what simple foods taste like, you are setting the trend
for life and doing baby a great favour.