Is your baby ready to give up his morning nap? Some babies begin the transition from two naps to one nap about now. And while the transition can be frustrating for parents, your best bet is to just go with the flow.
If your little one screams, cries or plays quietly in the crib for twenty or thirty minutes at nap time—instead of falling asleep—he's probably done with morning naps. Instead of fighting him, gradually adjust his afternoon naptime. Bump it up just a bit: Feed him lunch at eleven and put him down at noon instead of 2 pm, for instance. He'll probably be exhausted.
More important than the number of naps, though, is his total number of hours of sleep. Most nine-month-old babies need about 14 hours of sleep, but that number varies widely. Instead of watching the clock, watch your baby. Is he happy and content most of the day? Or is he crabby and overtired, especially in the evenings? If so, he might need more sleep. Protect your baby's nap times or try putting him to bed at an earlier hour.
When he's awake, your baby is busy, busy, busy! If you have older children, they might be sick of the baby by now. A little terror who gets into all of their toys is not what they had in mind when you first announced they were having a little brother or sister! It's too early for your baby to understand concepts such as "sharing" and "private property," so teach your older children to keep any precious belongings safe in their rooms.
Your baby probably still struggles with frustration, because right now, his plans far outstrip his physical abilities! You can help bridge the gap between what your baby wants to do and what he can do. If your baby is dying to walk but can't quite do it alone, it's perfectly OK to hold his hands while he toddles around the house. (It's also hard on your back, so keep walking sessions short!)
What did you have for breakfast today? If the answer is "nothing" or "coffee," you have some work to do. Y
ou know you need to eat better. You also know that eating healthy is not as easy as it seems, especially with a baby and career jostling for your attention. But your baby takes his eating cues from you. You can feed him pureed spinach all you like, but if you're constantly eating cheeseburgers and fries, eventually he'll gravitate to fast food as well.
Concentrate on simple, healthful foods. Choose whole-grain bread instead of white. Try quinoa instead of white rice. Mix up a batch of oatmeal for breakfast; instant oatmeal is a quick, easy meal. Serve lean meats and fresh or frozen veggies whenever possible, reserving some for your baby. Avoid adding extra sugar or salt. You'll benefit—and so will your baby.
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Taking meds: I've found that while the dropper works sometimes, the syringe works better because you end up having more control over the medicine getting in. So if you're using a dropper, switch to the syringe and see if that works better. —fordreamin