Are you a mother of a child and a baby who is between 6 and 9 months old? Here are some tips from Viviane Pelletier that will make your life easier.
The period of six to nine months is a magical period between baby and big brother or big sister. This is when the bond between the two children literally explodes. Now that baby can sit up and play, our other child can start to play and interact with him more. Baby smiles when he sees his brother or sister and the child smiles back. Our oldest knows how to make him laugh and enjoys it.
Baby shock is over (or should be over…). If this is not the case, the first step to take is to discuss it with your doctor. He will be able to give you some ideas as the activity of great. It's also very reassuring to talk about it with other mums, they also have their tips and these have the advantage of having already been "tested"!
Interaction between baby and oldest
It is very important not to let things go. Unfortunately, the problem will not solve itself and it is better to act quickly to ensure a good relationship between your children. For my part, my son's reaction to the arrival of my daughter lasted16 months. Sixteen difficult months, sixteen months of crises, sixteen months of being afraid to leave my two children alone together, even for 30 seconds. Painful what. And something as simple as big business solved much of the problem in just two months! Now they get along wonderfully, maybe even too well. They love to do bad things together and their imagination has no limits… It's funny to see them playing games that only they understand like pulling their hair, throwing themselves off the couch or going to hide under the kitchen table.
The bond between baby and our eldest also develops through other means of communication such as shouting or spitting! Yep, your eldest had barely figured out not to spit out his food, you had a big six month respite as it started again, and twice this time!
The best thing is to explain to the child that it is babies who spit because they experience all their senses and that in return, adults do not spit. For screams, it's the same, but arm yourself with patience and don't get discouraged. Meals will become rock n' roll and that's normal. When they get older, it will be kicking under the table or "verbal sparring" like "stop repeating everything I say".
Because babies are more easily disturbed when drinking, a quiet place is needed to breastfeed. Luckily, he doesn't drink as much anymore!Here are some tips for the different drinks of the day.
Morning drink can be done in the baby's room or in your bed, while the child is still sleeping. Dinner drinkThe dinner drink is more difficult to give because it does not correspond to nap time. In addition, often the older child is hungry at this precise moment. You can sit your child at the table with his dinner while giving half his drink to the baby. The other half will follow after dinner, just before the child's nap. You can then bring your child with you into the nursery, close the curtain and sing while breastfeeding. It's a nice moment of relaxation for all before the child's nap
If your child is not hungry before dinner, then you can put him in his room with toys while you go to the baby's room to give the drink.
Supper drinkSupper drink is easiest to give if your spouse is present. Alternatively, the same method as the dinner drink can be used.
Evening drinkEvening drinking is the most pleasant since you have time to enjoy it. It is better to wait until you have put the child to bed before giving it away.
Now that baby can sit up, your child can bathe with him. This is another important moment during which they will bond and invent games of their own. Provide a booster seat for babies. Of thisway, it will be safer. The child will not be able to drop it in the water accidentally. Remember never to leave them alone in the bath, even to get a diaper. An accident happened so quickly.
Purées and flavors
When you have only one child, it's easier to find the time to make purees. In the second, we have less time to devote to purees. The easiest way is to make certain purées in large quantities (meat, butternut and pepper squash, carrot, sweet potato) and then plan others from the family menu (beans, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus). In this way, we don't use up our frozen purées too quickly and we integrate the baby's menu more quickly into that of the family.
And if you think you know everything about introducing your baby to new foods and getting them to eat well, you'll be surprised how different your kids are in this regard! Your first loved squash while the second hates it. The second loves zucchini while your first never wanted it? This is perfectly normal! For example, for my son, I had to camouflage the meat behind the vegetables while my daughter preferred the meat and very quickly detected the bright orange color of the butternut squash hidden behind the chicken! Believe me, your children will find all the ways to make you understand and realize that they are different from each other.