You may have already noticed your baby's penchant for ‘grown-up’ toys like mobile phones, remote controls or cutlery and saucepans, but this week you might notice that he uses his own toys for their ‘intended purpose’. Piano keys will be played, pretend phones held up to his ear and books with flaps will be lifted again and again. Show your child what each toy does and then let him work out for himself how to repeat the action. Roll a ball over to him and ask him to roll it back at you, or bang a drum and make music – he will love it more when you are down on the carpet playing alongside him.
Your baby this week
You may have noticed that as the first year is approaching an end, your baby’s weight gain slopes off a bit. This is a combination of becoming a fussy eater and also the struggle to get your baby sitting still to eat when all he wants to do is explore the house. His newfound mobility also means that he will lose some of that adorable baby chubbiness and start to resemble a toddler. You’ll probably begin to wonder what happened to that tiny baby you cradled in your arms half a year ago.
If your baby is still attached to his dummy, now might be the time to start gradually taking it away. The older your baby gets the harder it will be to part with it so starting early may be the key. Stick to a gradual removal, just taking it away completely is likely to upset him too much. First try to limit its use to when your baby naps or sleeps, then gradually stop giving him the dummy for daytime naps. Finally, stop giving him his dummy at night. Obviously this is easier said than done, but if you give yourself a month for the whole process to happen and your will power is strong, you will (both) get there in the end. Try buying your baby a comforting new toy to cuddle at times when he usually reaches for the dummy. Look at our Lust List for exciting kids products that we adore.
You this week
Although temper tantrums are a few months away yet, your baby can certainly assert his independence and let you know he is not happy. From now onwards your baby need to know the limits to what is right and wrong (pulling other babies ears is wrong) and where he can and cannot go. Your baby will understand when you tell him off but may not respond how you hoped. As long as you are consistent with how you deal with his behaviour he will learn.