Your baby this week
Now your baby is becoming more and more aware of the world around him and of what you say; this week is the week to watch your please and thank-yous. Children’s minds are like sponges soaking up all the words they hear, but they are also great mimics. Just engage your child in a series of uh-oh’s and he will probably make the sound back to you. With this in mind, refrain from swearing in front of your child and make sure you don't shout at older children in case he begins to mimic you or pick up bad habits.
Your baby will enjoy meeting new people at this age, especially adults who engage with him. As long as you are still somewhere in his vision, he may happily play with someone new as long as he trusts them. The best bet when introducing a new person to your baby is to get them to crouch down to your baby’s level and join in with whatever your baby is doing. It won’t take much to make him laugh especially if the adult rolls a ball back and forwards across the room, or plays a round of peek-a-boo. Reading your baby a book can also help to break the ice with a new person. These methods can work well with Grandparents who don’t see your baby all the time and helps to make your baby trust who he is with. Have a look at our Precious Moments section to see how celebrities are dealing with being parents.
You this week
Choosing your baby’s childcare arrangement is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make during his childhood and finding carers you can trust, ranging from babysitters, nurseries, au pairs, nannies or friends and relatives is bound to give you sleepless nights. Word of mouth from other mums is a good place to start as somebody always knows a good nanny or childminder to recommend, or the nursery that they loved or hated. Even after you’ve chosen suitable childcare, be diligent about ensuring your child is receiving the best care. Drop in unannounced at odd times of day to see your child just to get an idea of what is going on. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice any concerns you have when they come up – even telling your nanny to be careful on a certain road that you think is dangerous will give you peace of mind.