On the MOVE

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Small Talk -

There’s noth­ing more re­ward­ing than see­ing your baby reach im­por­tant devel­op­men­tal mile­stones. A re­cent sur­vey by BabyLove found 90 per cent of mums feel ex­tremely proud once their ba­bies reach a mile­stone, with a fur­ther six per cent feel­ing re­lieved.

When bub starts to shuf­fle or crawl, it can be a very ex­cit­ing time. Clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Leanne Hall says that when you’ve got a baby on the move, it’s im­por­tant to make it a pri­or­ity to give him lots of op­por­tu­nity to prac­tice, learn and ex­pend some en­ergy. Here are her tips to help you pre­pare for a bub on the move:

Sched­ule ac­tive play time. Take your baby out to a park or play cen­tre, or or­gan­ise a day at the park with the whole fam­ily for some fresh air and ex­er­cise.

Make con­tact with your lo­cal play­group or sched­ule reg­u­lar play dates with friends who also have bubs at the same stage of de­vel­op­ment. This is of­ten a win-win sit­u­a­tion – your baby gets to be ac­tive and you’ll be able to en­joy a rare cof­fee with other adults!

Ac­tive ba­bies of­ten eat and sleep more, par­tic­u­larly as they ad­just to be­ing on the move. If bub seems un­set­tled, maybe con­sider if he is hun­gry or tired.

Es­tab­lish a rou­tine. Hav­ing a nap time rit­ual gives him the ‘cue’ to set­tle and sleep. But, re­mem­ber to be flex­i­ble, too. Adapt bub’s rest ac­cord­ing to how much ac­tive time he’s had. So, if he’s been run­ning around all morn­ing – he may need more quiet time in the af­ter­noon.

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