How your baby’s growing
By now, you may have already told your baby that the telephone is not a toy, or that rattles are not for throwing, or that his sister’s hair is not for pulling. At this age your baby may begin testing your authority by refusing to follow your simple directions. He’s not being disobedient or wilful – just curious.
Keep in mind that he also simply can’t remember things you tell him for more than a couple of seconds at a time. The best tactic is to use a simple “no” and then distract him.
How your life’s changing
Being responsible for a tiny creature 24 hours a day or rushing from work to baby can be stressful. Here are a few halfway-through-the-first-year reminders:
Stay healthy. Don’t skimp on your own nutrition – whether or not you’ve lost your pregnancy weight. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Their stimulating and calming effects are only temporary and will make you feel worse later. Do some moderate exercise several times a week, even if it’s just parking your car a little further from work. Allow yourself plenty of sleep/, including naps if possible.
Get out. Enjoy some fresh air by going for a walk. Your baby is still small and portable, so you should take advantage of this before she’s a toddler on the go.
Pamper yourself. Splurge on a massage, a facial, a manicure, or whatever makes you feel special. A nice long bath can do wonders, too. If you can arrange childcare, consider yoga, a stretching class, deep breathing or other relaxation exercises.
Parent tip: entertaining your baby
“Buy a helium foil balloon with a weight on the bottom of the string and tie some extra colourful ribbons to the balloon. Lay your baby on his back and put the balloon near him so he can grab it. As he pulls it down, the dangle ribbons will tickle his face and the shiny foil balloon will give him hours of laughter and intrigue.” — Karishma