Until today, it was easy to look after your baby; he was lying down in one place and was not mobile.
However, now that he has discovered mobility: he can crawl now, the world has become an exciting place for him, full of things that he has to discover for himself, taste, feel, smell, see and experience.
This is the time when all parents have to be extra vigilant. A crawling baby can get into all kinds of tight situations, and your home has to be made ‘crawling baby safe’ so that you may be able to enjoy him more as he moves around excitedly.
Your baby may empty out your entire rack of CDs, which had been at floor level, or he may try to pull on to the wastebasket so that he can sit up or stand.
The wastebasket may tip over, causing your baby to fall, or on the other hand, it may contain dangerous items that may seem extremely attractive to your exploring baby, and he may want to taste them.
You as a parent will have to have an eye peeled out for the dangers around your baby, so that you may be able to prevent unwarranted mishaps. [Infant safety]
Here are some tips for you:
Make sure that all electrical outlets are kept well protected with safety caps. This will prevent your baby from inserting things into the points and suffering electrical shock.
Make sure all electric cords are well out of reach of your baby’s inquisitive hands. If he pulls on an unsecured cord, he may bring the lamp down on himself.
Make sure the floor is kept scrupulously clean at all times; you never know what your baby will find. Remove all small choking hazards and poisonous materials.
If you have a staircase that your baby is unbearably attracted to, then invest in safety gates for the landings at the bottom and top. Keep these safety gates locked at all times, and if your baby wants to crawl up the stairs on his own, let him, but make sure you stay right behind him; never leave him alone on the stairs.
Remember; ‘baby proofing’ your home and the baby’s environment is extremely essential, not only for his safety, but also for your mental peace and well being.
Otherwise, you may end up having to say ‘NO’ to everything that he wants to do, thereby unnecessarily curtailing your baby’s natural desire to explore and find things on his own.
BABY’S GROWING AWARENESS
As your baby’s social world expands, and she reaches a certain level of awareness and understanding of other people, she will start to develop new anxieties. This is a normal, healthy stage in development, but can be quite trying for parents. From six months onwards, fear of strangers really starts to kick in. An up-to-now very sociable and confident baby can, almost overnight, turn into a fearful and clingy child. But it’s only a temporary phase that all babies have to pass through as they learn about their world. This period definitely calls for extra patience. Give your baby lots of encouragement and plenty of time to adjust to new situations or people. Be aware that even those she has met on several occasions, such as relatives or friends, might be greeted with trepidation or even tears. Right now, she feels the need at each meeting to reassess them and their place in her world. It may be a good idea to warn visitors about your baby’s current sensitivity to strangers. Rather than scooping her up and covering her with kisses the instant they walk through the door, they should give her the opportunity to come to them, on her own terms, once she feels confident and comfortable enough to do so.
Along with a weariness of strangers, at some point in the next six months your baby is likely to experience a stage when she finds it particularly hard to be separated from you. She will cling to you at every opportunity and burst into tears if you so much as leave the room. Again, this is not an indication of a permanent, new personality trend. It is precisely because she is taking an ever-greater role in the world, that she starts to fear separation so much. You are her safety base, the one thing she absolutely relies on – you give her the confidence to venture out and explore. When you’re out of sight, she cannot be sure that you’ll ever return, and she feels rather lost. So her best protection is to ensure you do not leave her side! Try to see things from her point of view. This will help you cope with what can be a difficult and frustrating time for parents. If you need to leave your baby once separation anxiety sets in, talk reassuringly to her about your impending absence. She will not necessarily understand everything you say, but she’ll respond to your calm, confident tone. And, whenever possible, try to leave her with people she knows well, until you’re sure she’s overcome her fear of strangers.
Source: Pampers Newsletter (Your Baby, Month 7)
PLAYING TO LEARN
Playing is your baby’s job! When you’re ten months old, anything and everything can seem new and interesting. Most activities represent opportunities for fun and learning – whether it is seeing what happens when you slowly push your dinner, piece by piece over the edge of your feeding tray, or emptying Mummy’s handbag all over the floor while she’s busy talking to her friend. Even the most common of routines, like taking a bath, can be turned into a challenging game as you help your baby sink an empty bottle under the water to produce big bubbles. With a little imagination, you can constantly encourage your child’s development through play. Learn to see the “fun potential” in objects around the home and during daily activities. For instance, that cardboard box you were going to throw out could provide hours of entertainment. And why not distract your little one when changing his nappy by teaching him to clap along to a familiar nursery rhyme. By trying to look at every situation through your baby’s eyes, you can quickly find ways to make it more entertaining and even educational.
LEARNING TO PLAY
Babies learn through play, but they also need a hand learning how to make the most of playing. Your little one watches your every move, and most of his actions and reactions are modelled on your behaviour. So your guidance and encouragement can help him become more inquisitive, confident and sociable. Involve your baby in your activities whenever possible, turn chores into games and prompt him to investigate how objects feel, sound, or move. Point out interesting things when you’re out together – remember, his language comprehension is already well underway even though he isn’t yet talking. Get together with other babies – one is never too young to make friends! And always offer lots of reassurance as you encourage him to explore new surroundings, interact with new people and try out new activities. He needs to know you’re there, offering security and familiarity, while he is busy being sociable and adventurous.
Source: Pampers Newsletter
Is there ever a right time for teething? Is there a set time and order that you can expect your little one to start teething? The answer again is no – babies differ.
If I look at my little one – he started late – around 10 months and instead of getting his lower incisors, he received his upper first molars. And a week later there was one upper and one lower incisor.
But if you are lucky and have a “by the book” baby as some of my friends have you can look to expect the following:
Most commonly teething starts around 6-7 months with the lower incisors. Thereafter, more baby teeth begin to erupt every month or two. So, starting with the incisors, and then the first molars. Followed by the canines and then lastly the second molars.
Here is a basic chart that you can look at following:
| TOOTH || ERUPTION || FALLS OUT |
| Upper Jaw || || |
|Central Incisor ||7-12 months ||6-8 years |
|Lateral Incisor ||9-13 months ||7-8 years |
|Canine ||16-22 months ||10-12 years |
|First Molar ||13-19 months ||9-11 years |
|Second Molar ||25-33 months ||10-12 years |
| Lower Jaw || || |
|Central Incisor ||6-10 months ||6-8 years |
|Lateral Incisor ||7-16 months ||7-8 years |
|Canine ||16-23 months ||9-12 years |
|First Molar ||12-18 months ||9-11 years |
|Second Molar ||20-31 months ||10-12 years |
Symptoms of teething:
- Often teeth simply appear without any signs but in most cases you may find
- Your little one may drool a bit more than normal
- Your little one may want to chew on things or place objects into the mouth to bite down on
- Gums may look a bit swollen
- Cheeks become very rosy
- Crying, diarrhea and nappy rashes are often common symptoms.
- Agitated or niggly.
Tips for soothing gums:
- Give your little one something cool to gum on e.g. a teething ring (the ones you can place in the fridge are often great).
- Vidol powder is always a great one to keep on hand (especially if out and about) – keep a few sachets in his/ her nappy bag.
Or let them chew of a piece of dried mango or biltong – just be careful of choking.
Note: I havent come accross the ‘Vidol’ product mentioned above but i know that Teejel which is commonly used is high in alcohol content so please be careful. Also, please if you have any information on the Halaal status of teething or any other baby products drop us a line (Comment or contact us).
Nine-month-old babies are always on the go. And they will use anything at hand to help them achieve their goals. Whether it is using a rattle to reach that ball that just rolled under the sofa, or trying her hand at pushing her buggy away and crawling after it, your little one doesn’t miss a trick. She’s out to explore everything and ready to give anything a try. It’s definitely time for you to get sharper when it comes to keeping track of her whereabouts. For the last two months, your baby’s drive to be upright and move around has been getting stronger. As she masters these new skills, she may become a little disorganized and less able to manage certain abilities she was getting quite good at, such as self-feeding or sleeping through the night. Don’t despair, these temporary set-backs happen because she’s working so hard on her new mobility skills.
FROM A TO B
The onset of crawling is a very exciting step in your baby’s development because it allows her a new level of independence. But not all babies go through this stage. Some are just happy to sit and contemplate the world, and stay put until they are ready to get up and walk. Others develop different, quirky methods of getting around, opting for bottom shuffling, or dragging themselves on their tummy commando-style using their arms to pull their body along. Some prefer moving around like little crabs perched on their hands and feet. Even straightforward crawlers often start by crawling backwards! Whatever means of getting around your baby adopts, you will be amazed at how efficiently and quickly she learns to get from A to B once she’s on the move.