How your baby’s growing
Because he’s receptive now, it’s a good time to begin to teach your baby how to help out. Emphasize “please” and “thank you,” and make tidying up toys fun by turning it into a game. Though he probably won’t get the idea just yet, it’s not too early to start. Break the task into very small parts. At this age, he’ll need you to work with him by his side.
How your life’s changing
Thinking of trimming the fat from your food bills? Although your grocery bill may be one of your biggest household expenses each month, it’s also one of the easiest to trim down. That’s because it contains so many variables.
Before you adjust what you buy, think about when you buy. Try going to the supermarket when your husband (or someone else) can watch your baby. Being less distracted and having more time, you’ll find it easier to comparison shop and limit hasty purchases or impulse buys.
It’s also helpful to look at how you buy. Keep a running list of foods your family consumes on a routine basis and stock up when the price is low.
Consider changing what you buy. One option is to buy foods in bulk if you consume them often or have storage space. Try alternatives to meat on occasion, which generally cost less. Limit ready meals and other convenience foods – cooking from scratch doesn’t necessarily have to take a lot of time and it’s much cheaper.
Finally, look at where you buy. Is the local supermarket merely the most convenient place or the one with the lowest prices? For more tips see our article on how to shop wisely.
Quick tip: Music lessons
“Try singing to your baby. We sang much more to our second child because that was our first child’s favorite thing to do, and now we’re noticing she’s learning to talk much faster.” — Sheetal