This is the perfect age to introduce or advance games in your baby’s playtime that show her cause and effect. Her brain is developed enough to begin to understand this concept along with many others so make sure her playtime is helping her learn and master skills that she’ll need.
Toys that respond in anyway, like the ones that light up with touch, or start moving if you press a button, or traditional Jack-in-the-box kind of toys where she understands that every cause, every action has an effect, a response.
Most 8 month babies start to crawl, even if your baby hasn’t started yet, it is a great game to help her along. Give her some objects that are round so they can roll and let her play with them when she is crawling. The rolling item will roll away from her when she’ll try to catch it and that’ll further encourage her to crawl towards it.
Water becomes a real favorite of most babies around this age. Indulge her in water games. Increase the duration of her baths so she can have a satisfying splash. Bath toys especially sponge like that absorb and then spray water are great to get some giggles out of her.
With his love for big sounds increasing, let him play with plastic spoons, aluminum cans and other items found in the kitchen that make noise when clanked against each other or thrown against a wall. That will not only help her learn cause and effect, but is great for her newfound love for sounds too.
So your maternity leave is about to end and you have to join work soon, but your baby is not taking your expressed milk from the bottle and formula is not what you have in mind. What to do?
There are a few tips that have helped mothers in similar situations so they might work for you, and you may have tried these already. Just go through the list and if you see something you haven’t tried before, give it a go:
Use a bottle which has a twisty design so the milk flow is slower. A straight bottle may have a quicker flow of milk. Also, use a latex nipple instead of a silicone one. Browse the stores and talk to other moms in the similar situation and find out which bottles and nipples brought the success.
Try not giving the bottle yourself. Have her daddy or a babysitter give the bottle to her. This way, she’ll not associate bottle with you. Also, do not immediately offer her breast after she’s been refusing bottle for some time. Let her know that a rejected bottle will not be replaced with an instant breast.
Try holding her in different position while you bottle feed her. She’ll know it’s different. Put her in her car seat or vibrating chair so she won’t be in a mindset to expect breast milk.
An important thing to keep in mind is that whenever you hit a roadblock call your lactation consultant to help you along the way. They’ll be in a better position to offer you more customized advice because they’ve seen you nursing your baby.
Also, do not make this a battle between your baby and the bottle. She’ll eventually take the bottle; she’s just waiting for a solution that she’d like.
Just can’t get that zipper all the way up anymore? Don’t worry, this is normal! That baby bump is finally making it known and making it a bit difficult to find stuff in your closet that still fits comfortably!
Going shopping for a maternity wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to drain the bank account. If you’re not lucky enough to have friends and family who can lend you maternity clothes, then there is a way to look good, be comfortable and in style. Remember, with most items, you’re only going to wear them a few months before the baby’s born and just a short period of time after you give birth. The trick is to buy some basics that can be mixed and matched for different looks. If you need something nice for special occasions, then invest in a nice pair of slacks, blouse, skirt or multi-piece dress.
A little smart shopping can go a long way when it comes to maternity clothes. Remember, with basic colors and designs, you can change things up with accessories! Stick to solid colors for your pants and skirts and then add printed tops that will coordinate with each of your bottom pieces. When you shop, don’t go too much larger than your normal size. Most maternity clothing size parallels with non-maternity sizes. In other words, if you’re a large in your regular clothes, unless you’re carrying twins or gain a great deal of weight, you’ll most likely be a large in maternity clothing as well. The point is to find something that feels comfortable and that you feel good about wearing.