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This category is all about learning and development and things to trying with your baby or toddler. I’m learning too so if you have any suggestions, send them my way.

5 months Old


15 Apr, 2019

Nancy is 5 months old today! Time seems to have done a number on me and this month it has felt quite a bit longer…but then this month she has apparently been starving and woken 3, 4 or more times a night to manically feed. Every night. So I guess I’ve seen a lot more of this month than I did the one before.


5 months old – development

But all that night feeding has meant she has chubbed up nicely and her thigh rolls are coming along beautifully.

She’s also continuing to be an utter joy – all smiles for anyone who will look at her and content sitting and looking around her when she’s awake.

5 months old

With me doing Bootcamp 3 mornings a week, she’s been having lots of Dad time and as a result is now great with a bottle of expressed milk and has learnt to self-settle at nap times. So while I’ve lost a good nights sleep, I’ve gained non-baby time during the day… noice!

Her latest trick this month (other than self-settling) is holding and shaking whatever is in her hand with a “This thing ain’t gunna shake itself” look of concentration, whacking herself in the face if necessary.

If you lie her down, she is permanently straining to sit up so she’s developing rock hard abs that I’m very jealous of…

She can also very nearly sit unaided!

Oh and she now can’t breast feed if there is anyone else in the room – she’ll latch on then immediately pull off again to see what’s going on spraying milk and exposing me in the process. Fun times.

5 months old – next steps

At a recent check my health visitor said she could start weaning at 5 months – smooth purees, baby rice, that kind of thing. She said speech therapists are always telling her to advise us to start sooner as it helps to develop vital muscles in the mouth. That said, in the neighbouring district the health visitor has advised my friend strictly not to start until 6 months… Eh?!

When did you start weaning?

With all this night feeding, I must say I’m tempted to start introducing more food in the hope of filling her up but I also don’t want to do it wrong!

22 Jan, 2013

Reuben doesn’t like tummy time.

This is him on a good day

WebMD says babies resist tummy time when they don’t have good control and struggle to lift their head. You don’t say? His head nods about like Churchill (the dog, not the Prime Minister) and he invariably ends up smacking his little bonce off the floor. Therefore, I’m not very good at making him have tummy time. I don’t want him to be sad! But here’s some reasons why we really should persevere:

1. It can help to prevent cot death. Tummy time strengthens baby’s neck and back muscles, which apparently means he can move away from anything that might be smothering him.

2. Strong muscles also mean they can roll over, sit, crawl and walk

3. It helps his head become round – sounds funny but too much time on his back and he’ll get flat bits…Reuben is in danger of this, he luuuurves his back.

More over, my health visitor told me that if babies don’t do plenty of tummy time, their development will be stunted! [she told me this while praising a baby younger than Reuben for his amazing tummy time skills. Some babies just like it alright. And, I know first hand that some babies are sturdier than others and therefore take to tummy time much quicker than others. So there. I’ve got your back Reuben… no pun intended]

I’ve looked into this further, because I couldn’t remember what she said, but basically babies who aren’t regularly put on their tummy (and apparently only 22% of babies are!) are delayed in “reaching important developmental milestones such as crawling and walking,” according to Peta Smith, vice chair of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (source: BBC News). She says, babies placed on their tummy become aware of their surroundings, body and movement sooner.

So, Reubster, it’s time to find ways to help you enjoy that thing you hate…