How your baby’s growing
At this age, your baby can sit confidently and may even walk while holding onto furniture, possibly letting go momentarily and standing without support. She’ll take steps when held in a walking position and may attempt to scoop up a toy while she’s standing, too.
Those magical first steps toward independence – and lots more exercise for you! – are just around the corner, if they haven’t arrived already. Most babies take their first steps sometime between nine and 12 months and are walking well by the time they’re 14 or 15 months old.
How your life’s changing
When you were growing up, what did your family do at Christmas, Diwali or other religious or secular festivals? How did you celebrate birthdays? Did family meals begin with a prayer, or did you do something special in the summer holidays? Starting a family often makes couples begin to think about the rituals they grew up with, and how they can create their own. Even if your baby doesn’t completely understand or appreciate them yet, their repetition will contribute to a feeling of security, togetherness and family pride.
Don’t feel like you have to choose among traditions you or your spouse’s families observed when you were growing up, especially if you would have to choose one family’s cherished tradition over the other’s. Building rituals can be more meaningful if you come up with original ideas or personalize existing ones. Try thinking about activities your family enjoys and create rituals related to them.
Rituals can be small and frequent, like reading a book at bedtime or taking the dog for a walk after dinner. Or they can revolve around festivals and special events. Be careful when it comes to festivals, though – your baby may become overstimulated and anxious with all of the decorations and activity, so make sure you build in ample time for him to take a break and relax.