How your baby’s growing
Your baby continues to improve her communication skills this month. She’s experimenting with new sounds and stringing syllables together. You can encourage her interest in language by listening avidly, responding to her words and babbling. This give-and-take is crucial: It teaches her about two-way communication and that what she says affects others. Even if your baby doesn’t “talk” much, she can probably communicate her wishes by pointing and grunting.
Does your baby find small objects completely engrossing? She may spend fairly long stretches of time picking up and scrutinizing each and every toy she lays her hands on. She may also stand, stoop, squat or walk while holding your hand – but don’t worry if she shows no sign of getting up on two feet yet. Lots of babies wait until their second year.
Your baby may also begin to assert herself with her brothers and sisters and play alongside other children. (Playing with them comes later.) She may also have a favorite blanket or stuffed animal she uses as a comforter.
How your life’s changing
Now that your baby’s becoming more independent, you may feel proud and wistful. You’re glad – and maybe even a bit relieved – that she’s no longer dependent on you for everything. But at the same time, you may miss the intense moments of the first few months of her life. Think of this as a sneak preview of things to come – as she grows, your parenting role will become increasingly complex. The key to success is being flexible enough to fit your child’s needs. One day she’ll need to rely on you completely, and the next won’t want any help at all.
Parent tip: Baby and exercise
“Still need to burn some calories? Put your baby in a backpack,sling or stroller and go for a long walk. You will get the benefit of both exercise and spending quality time with your baby” – Shaileena