As parents, I think we can all agree that it’s one very stressful job. We all try so hard to make sure we are doing right and continuously worry that we are in fact doing it wrong. As a first time mum, I could not help but compare my baby to every other baby around me. Stacey Solomon had her baby only 2 days after me and baby Rex seemed so much more advanced. He already has two teeth, can hold the bottle by himself and is nearly crawling. Alexis can’t do any of these things yet but she can say ‘mama’ and ‘dada’. See what I mean, it’s hard not to compare and everyone does it.
Each baby will develop in their own time and it’s important to remember that it’s not a reflection on your parenting. Of course, it’s nice to be able to follow your babies development but it’s good not to listen to ‘baby development’ as a whole. They are there as rough guidelines/estimates to help you understand the journey your child is on. But they are not targets that your baby needs to be reaching at certain times.
One of my favourite things to do is to watch Alexis learn and grow. She is changing almost every day and each day she learns something completely new. I wanted to share a few of the things we’ve learned together over the past 7 months. She’s gone from a 7lb newborn who could barely keep her eyes open to a 20lb 7-month-old who wants to look, touch, smell and do everything.
Can you believe Christmas has already past by and it’s now 2020? This was my little Lexies very first Christmas and it was so amazing. We got up to so many cool things. Click here to check out our Christmas family break at Butlins, Bognor Regis. Anyway, we are halfway through January now so I promise I will stop talking about soon.
I am all for mums supporting other mums because let’s be honest we are all in the same boat. Let’s help build each other up rather than knock each other down and support one another along this parental journey.
Our little ones change at such a rapid pace that it’s almost impossible to keep up with. However, I was given a pack of milestone cards at my baby shower and these have been super helpful for tracking Alexis’s steps. I decided to do this more for my own memories rather than to compare. With each milestone that she reaches I make sure to take a picture and note the date on the back of the card. That way I always have these to look back on and will remember exactly how she grew.
Another great method for following your babies development is the app the wonder weeks. This app is fantastic for showing you exactly when your child is due to have their next leap. A leap is a change in the mental development of your baby. Meaning that suddenly there are many changes in his/her head. All of a sudden, his/her brain perceives things that it wasn’t capable of perceiving beforehand. This might explain as to why your babies temperament has suddenly changed or why they are now doing something they never did a couple of days before. Due to following Alexis’s progress on this app, I can tell that she is currently going through the 8 month sleep regression early. If you haven’t considered using this app before, I highly recommend you go and take a look. You will honestly thank me later!
BLW – Baby Led Weaning:
I’m probably going to be told off by every health visitor in the world but I started weaning at 5 months old. This was my own personal preference however, the national guidelines do tell you not to start until your baby is at least 6 months old. I did not start doing much but just slowly introduced a tiny bit of baby rice once a day. This really helped to fill Alexis up that little bit more. I knew she was still hungry and by me doing so it made her happier and comfortable.
Once she reached 6 months old we started weaning properly. I have very slowly built up her meals and introduced different foods one at a time. We were originally only doing breakfast time and then I started adding in an evening meal in too. Now she’s nearly 7 months old we have dropped a bottle and she has lunch as well. So far I’ve been extremely lucky and she has enjoyed all the different foods I have let her try. Her favourites being blueberry porridge, Avocado sticks and hummus sandwiches.
It does not matter if they don’t eat it all and the majority of it ends up on the floor. The most important part about baby-led weaning is to let them explore. See it more like playtime rather than eating. That way you let them take control and do it in their own time.
Our Favourite 0-7 Month old Toys:
The best part about no longer having a newborn is that they are so much more fun (harder work but definitely more fun). Now Alexis is 7 months old she actually wants to sit and play with me. She has just started to really get into her toys and even has favourites now. I thought it would be worth mentioning a few of her favourites below.
We recently purchased the That’s Not My Christmas books. They are a fantastic collection of touchy/feely children’s books. Obviously, Alexis doesn’t have a clue as to what I’m saying when I read them to her but that’s not the point. Reading is a fantastic activity to do with your kids regardless of age. She loves looking at the bright colours, hearing my voice and just having a moment shared together.
Bubbles have become another recent new favourite of ours too. Something so simple and quite frankly very cheap. She loves laying down on her play matt and letting me blow the bubbles over her. Once they fall down towards her she reaches out to grab them. It’s amazing to watch her facial expressions when I blow the bubbles. She literally looks at me as if I have just performed magic in front of her eyes. Sometimes you forget that they are experiencing everything for the very first time. To me, bubbles are just bubbles but to her it’s fascinating.
Then last but not least with have the fisher price rainforest jumperoo. This is by far Alexis’s favourite past time. She will sit, jump and play in her jumperoo for hours each day! It’s a fantastic way to keep her active and give her a chance to get stronger on her legs. Jumperoos can be quite expensive to purchase but they are well and truly worth the investment. If of course, you don’t have that much spare cash (because let’s be honest, babies aren’t cheap) then it’s worth looking on eBay or Facebook market place. People sell these products for around £10-£15 and are in great condition. We actually purchased a second one for my mother’s house on Facebook for only £5.
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Teething is the bane of all babies and parents lives but it’s an unfortunate thing we all have to go through. It’s so horrible watching your little one suffering badly and not being able to do much to help them. I wanted to share a few of our favourite teething products today in the hope of helping some of you. I was clueless when it comes to teething at the beginning but now feel like I’ve got hacks down to a tee.
A fantastic brand that we love many of their products is a company called Nuby. They offer a brilliant range of not only teething toys but practically everything else a baby needs. Although, I haven’t tested out many of their other products I have almost every teething item they have. The one Alexis loves most is her bug a loop teether. You can see her munching away on this in the picture below. That thing literally comes everywhere with us now!
Ashton and parson powder is next on my list. It’s one of those life-saving products that all parents need to have. It is a sachet powder that you can gently rub over your babies gums to numb the tender area. It can be purchased in the majority of supermarkets as well as places such as Superdrug and Boots. We always make sure to carry a sachet around with us in our changing bag. You just don’t know when those little teethy pegs are going to start playing up.
I was always told that babies thrive off routine. From about as early as 3 months old, I tried my hardest to begin a routine with Alexis. This included the way I fed her, what we did during the day, bathing and bedtime. I don’t know if I was just lucky but it really did work for us. From around 4 months old, Alexis slept all through the night and still does to this day.
Although, I am all for breastfeeding I personally found it a lot easier to get into a routine by bottle feeding. This way I knew exactly how much she was having and how often she was getting it. I think people who breastfeed are absolutely amazing but unfortunately, as a parent, I was just unable too. I’m just one of these people who panicked that my baby wasn’t getting enough and I wanted to physically see how much she was consuming. I may have a little bit of a chubby baby but at least I know she’s been fed.
In all honesty, I can’t quite believe it! I now have a 7-month-old baby. Where have the past 30 weeks gone? It’s crazy how the days just seem to fly by. With my little one’s first Christmas just gone by, I’ve been getting very sentimental thinking about how far she’s come. In the past 7 months, she has changed so much and will continue to change more and more. I can’t wait to share my journey as a first time mum with you all. I will promise to share the good, the bad and the damn right ugly because guess what, that’s motherhood.