What's Happening with Your Baby
When your baby drops something from her highchair, she'll look for it. Don't be surprised if she revels in tossing things off her tray and watching you pick them up. Your little one is also beginning to have more control over her environment and she will now reach for toys.
Taking Care of Yourself
Gone are the days when your little one slept in her infant seat while you ate out at a restaurant. As your baby becomes more active, eating out will become more of an orchestration. Try the following tips for a more enjoyable dining experience:
- Pack the essentials: a sippy cup or bottle of expressed breast milk or formula, a bib (you can even buy disposable ones), a quiet toy and a baby spoon.
- Choose restaurants that have a kid-friendly environment. Your baby will be happier with more bustling about her and you and the other patrons will be less frustrated in a noisier place.
- Kid-friendly food is another important feature. You may love Thai food, but your baby may find little there to eat. (Of course, some babies relish such tastes so you might give it a try, just bring along an alternative just in case.)
- Don't be afraid to order off the menu. Most "full service" restaurants have whole-grain bread, applesauce, cheese and plain rice in their kitchens.