Can You Move Like Baby?

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Travis is so excited at the ways Veronika is changing these days, more deliberate with her movements and much more vocal. I dare say I can step back and watch the two of them play now (!), which is mainly him being silly around her and trying to make her laugh. But today, it was Veronika’s turn to be the leader, and Travis’s turn to follow.

I challenged him to move in the same ways she did, and pretty soon we had lots of giggles and attempts to copy her little body.

First, he got under the playmat to bat at a toy next to her.

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Quality sibling time!

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We moved Veronika over to a blanket, where she was reaching for her socks and grabbing for her feet. Travis held on to his toes.

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She also gives lots of little kicks and arm wiggles these days, and it was hilarious to watch Travis imitate these motions.

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If your baby is rolling, older sibs can copy that, too. Meanwhile, catching the two of them doing tymmy time together was one of their most precious sibling moments yet.

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In sum, this is a great activity for older siblings or big cousins who are still wondering how they can interact with a new baby. It’s sure to produce lots of giggles in everyone. Thanks to Hands on As We Grow for the idea!

Berries-on-the-Bottom Chia Pudding

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Whip up these breakfast puddings the night before, and all you have to do on a sleepy morning is open the fridge and grab one out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, divided
  • 3 and 1/2 cups vanilla coconut milk
  • 1 cup chia seeds
  1. In a bowl, mash together the raspberries with 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Divide evenly among 6 (8-ounce) ramekins or jars.
  2. In a second bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup, coconut milk, and chia seeds, whisking for about 1 minute, or until slightly thickened. Divide evenly among the ramekins.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight. We left ours ungarnished, bur you could add more fresh raspberries or toasted coconut on top for a pretty presentation, if desired!

Quick Change Baby

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Does it seem like your baby’s mood can change in a nanosecond? You’re not imagining things. Even a relatively mellow baby like Veronika can go from perfectly content to fussy in a moment, and every parent needs to be prepared for these occasions.

After you’ve ruled out the obvious – a hungry baby, a diaper change – sometimes a baby just needs a quick change of pace. Today, I focused on strategies for when these moments strike. Here she is happy one minute…

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…and oh no, cranky the next!

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My first go-to strategy is animal pictures. Veronika loves gazing at animals, so her Ranger Rick Cub magazine is perfect. If I open to one of the pages, she instantly calms.

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Second, find out what toys are your child’s favorite, and have those on hand. A cozy, favorite seat helps too. Today, Veronika got a little overstimulated watching her brother use a tracing toy…

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…but between this swing and her beloved “Joanna Banana,” she was suddenly all smiles.

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Uh oh, here she is getting fussy during tummy time.

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And when she’s really fussy, that’s when I call in the troops (Travis that is!). Big siblings have a knack for getting smiles out of babies when no one else can. A little dance and some soothing music (yes, that’s Mozart’s Symphony #40 you hear) might just do the trick.

In sum, pay attention to your child’s triggers, and be one step ahead. Armed with just a few things that can calm baby fast, you’ll outscam that quick change baby every time.