Is your baby easily frustrated? A lot of babies are at this age. They're old enough to know what they want, but not always old enough to make it happen. And those yelps can drive anyone crazy!
Lack of mobility is a major source of frustration for many six-month-olds. While babies typically begin crawling around six months, that number varies wildly. In fact, babies today are crawling, on average, later than we did when we were children. Why? Babies today spend more time on their backs. Due to SIDS concerns, babies are now put to sleep on their backs, while babies in years past babies slept on their tummies, giving them ample time before and after bed to strengthen the core muscles that are so important for crawling.
That's not to say you should put your baby down to sleep on her belly. Back sleeping is still the safest for child (although if she rolls over on her own now, it's no big deal). Just make sure your baby has plenty of tummy time. Given time on the floor, all babies will figure out their own means of locomotion. Some squirm on their bellies in a low, army-style crawl. Others roll where they need to go. Still others scoot on their butts!
A lot of babies are figuring out how to sit, hands-free, right now. That gives your child two whole hands to explore his environment. For fun, try handing your baby a rattle. Then, another one. And one more. Babies love holding an object in each hand, but aren't quite sure what to do when the number of objects is more than the number of hands!
Speaking of hands…does your baby reach for his spoon with his left or right hand? The experts and baby books will tell you that handedness—a preference for the left or right hand—isn't fully established until age 2 or 3, but if your baby consistently reaches for the spoon (and picks up toys with) his left hand, you might have a south-paw on hand. It's too early to know for sure – but never too early to buy a baseball glove!
A lot of moms and dads are going green these days, trading in Styrofoam cups and plastic water bottles for sleek, refillable metal travel mugs. Besides being best for the environment, green living practices contribute to the health and well being of your family. Who wants all those chemicals in the house with the baby anyway?
If you're just getting started, start small. Choose one simple change you'd like to make (such as switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs) and then dedicate yourself to that change for an entire month. Or, green your baby's life. Add an air filter to the nursery or investigate disposable diaper alternatives. Ask family members and friends to consider purchasing wooden toys instead of the ubiquitous plastic ones.
If you've been green for some time, check your carbon footprint and see what else you can do to minimize your environmental impact. Worm composting, anyone?
Moms Like Me
The best way to find a good pedi is to determine what you are willing to put up with and then ask around. If breastfeeding and having someone who understands that and won't be pushing you to supplement is important, go to La Leche League meetings or some other breastfeeding group and ask. You'll get the real low-down on the pedis in the area.If something else is at the top of your priority list, find moms who are similar and ask.You can ask a pedi all the questions you want, but nothing beats a recommendation from someone who's btdt. —loramz