Invest in a Back-Up “Lovey.” Seriously
Your baby is almost three-quarters of the way through her first year — can you believe it?!
You might notice her developing attachments to certain stuffed animals, toys, or blankets around this time, which means not only are you responsible for making sure your baby is securely in tow when you leave the house, but you’ve also got to make sure that her security item is safely packed up and ready to go too, so help you God. (You might also want to invest in a back up, if possible… just in case.)
It could also be that baby’s favorite snuggly right now is you, or more specifically, your breast, which means finding a damn minute for yourself is all but impossible. While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding baby exclusively for 6 months and then doing so in addition to feeding him other foods through the first year, some mothers find that this no longer works for them, opting for formula instead. Whatever you choose, as long as you’re caring for and feeding your baby, you’re doing GREAT.
Finally, now that baby is getting more mobile, don’t forget to lower the mattress in his crib. You don’t need to discover that your little ninja warrior has managed to climb out of the safety of his bed by waking to a loud thud in the middle of the night! Be sure to carefully read the instructions for adjusting baby’s bed prior to doing so. Most crib manufacturers print this information directly on the mattress board itself, but if you can’t find yours, do a little digging online or call the crib manufacturer for details. You don’t need that thing collapsing under baby’s weight, either.