6-Month-Third Week (27weeks old)
How your baby’s growing
As your baby starts becoming more active, he’ll appreciate wearing comfy clothes. Opt for soft fabrics that won’t chafe him as he’s moving around. Loose, stretchy and breathable clothing is also a good idea as it provides your energetic little one plenty of wiggle room.
Avoid clothes with rough or scratchy seams; long ties, buttons or bows (which could be a choking hazard); and anything else that gets in the way of your baby’s sleeping, crawling, playing or other regular activities.
How your life’s changing
For most new mums, the last priority on the list is the item called “me”. Looking after your baby, working, being a wife, and running a household all tend to come first. But making yourself a priority is important because if you don’t, running the rest of your life is all the more difficult. It’s like trying to run a car without petrol.
Since you can’t add hours to your day (or night), a few time-saving tips can help you to make the most of the ones you have. Simple changes such as cooking a few times a week in larger quantities and freezing leftovers for later meals can make a difference. Buy ready-made meals at the supermarket on occasion. And don’t worry if the neatness of your home isn’t up to your previous standards.
Sharing chores and childcare with your spouse can help to take the pressure off you. And if you can, arrange to have one activity you engage in on a regular basis that’s just for you – an exercise class or lunch with a friend, for example. Even half an hour spent reading or chatting with friends online while your baby sleeps can give you some of that all important “me” time.
Parent tip: Get more mileage out of your baby’s toys
“To keep your baby interested in her toys, rotate them every few months. Whenever she gets something new, remove a few old favorites and hide them away. When she tires of the latest offerings, you’ll have something she’ll be delighted to rediscover.” — Jayashree.