On the MOVE
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.