Everything Parents Need to Know- Development from 6-12 Months

Everything Parents Need to Know- Development from 6 to 12 Months Old

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This post may contain advertisements and/or links for products and services that I value. I offer recommendations to products and/or services that I find helpful in my own life as a mom. I may receive a commission based on viewer purchases or interactions with these ads. You will NOT be charged any extra money. All prices will stay the same for you whether your purchase items/services through links found on this site or not! 

Keep an eye out for upcoming Development Posts covering all developmental stages from 0-18!

Welcome to When Fit Hits the Shan’s Development Series!!

We’ll cover each major developmental phase of life from age 0-18, diving deep into what affects children during that particular phase, what you as a parent need to be aware of, and how you can help your child develop properly.

Each post (including this one!) covers helpful topics for each developmental stage of life- including:

  • Milestones, New Skills, and Developmental Goals
  • Activities to Boost Development
  • Warning Signs or Potential Dangers
  • Typical Struggles for Mom and What to Do
  • GREAT Things About This Developmental Phase
  • What’s Coming Up Next for Your Child??

Let’s dive into what it takes to care for a baby from 6 months to their first birthday!!! 

And congratulations mama, you survived the infant stage! Your little one is a baby now- through and through. That brings new perks and a few new challenges!

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Milestones, New Skills, and Developmental Goals

Here are some great new milestones and skills to watch for!

Don’t compare to your neighbor’s 6 month old. After all, each child will reach milestones at their own pace.

During the baby phase from 6 months to 1 year, your child will:

  • Begin to experiment with sitting up on his own (around 6 months), crawling (around 9 months), standing (around 9 months), and walking (around 12 months). Some children also learn to climb! Caution- although your baby will be practicing these new motor skills, it will take a lot of practice to master them. Expect your baby to fall often and beware of unsafe situations!
  • Improve her ability to use her hands and fingers. By the time your child is 12 months, she will be able to pick up, hold, examine, and throw objects! She will learn to put objects into containers and to pick up small items using her thumb and pointer finger (this is called the pincer grasp).
  • Improve his vision, including seeing in color, following moving objects or people with his eyes, and seeing over longer distances.
  • Improve her language skills, including all of the following:
    • Say consonant sounds,
    • notice emotion in other people’s voices,
    • express her own emotions through her jabbers,
    • have “conversations” by talking when others are talking,
    • imitate sounds and words,
    • recognize her name and the names of others,
    • understand simple directions,
    • use body language to express herself- such as waving bye or pointing to something she wants, and
    • say her first words!!!!
  • Enjoy stimulating activities like:
    • Hiding and finding objects,
    • peekaboo,
    • making animal sounds,
    • banging toys together,
    • dancing to music, or
    • interacting with his own reflection in a mirror.
  • Try new foods and learn new feeding skills, including: 
    • Chewing (although the child will need food cut small for a few years),
    • eating baby food or soft foods and slowly integrating solids,
    • using her hands to feed herself,
    • holding her own bottle or sippy cup,
    • and experimenting with utensils (although she will probably make a big mess until she masters them).
  • Experience separation anxiety, which is normal and shows a healthy attachment to the child’s parents.

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Activities to Boost Development

Every parent wants to do everything they can to give their baby the best jump start to life possible. Here’s how you can do this for your little one between 6 months old and 1 year old!

  • Provide toys that teach new skills- like:
    • sorting,
    • putting objects into containers,
    • identifying colors/shapes,
    • identifying animal sounds,
    • any new vocabulary words,
    • sharing or interacting with others,
    • finding hidden objects, etc.


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  • Allow your child to get to know other adults and children by arranging play dates or hanging out with friends.
  • Play with movement.
    • Hold your child in a standing position with less and less support,
    • let your child hold onto your legs or hands while you walk around the house together,
    • dance to music,
    • use a walker or a jump-a-roo to encourage standing and walking,
    • play in a swimming pool,
    • use a Bumbo to encourage sitting without the risk of falling, etc!


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  • Allow your child to try new foods and offer him the opportunity to feed himself, despite the mess.
  • Always talk!
    • Have conversations,
    • describe your daily activities to the child,
    • explain what you’re doing and why,
    • ask questions,
    • sing songs and rhymes,
    • read books,
    • enjoy finger plays,
    • review the animal sounds,
    • label colors and shapes and prepositions (over, under, around, near, behind, next to, etc.),
    • and laugh together!


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Warning Signs or Potential Dangers

Of course, every stage has its own dangers. Here are a few to look out for.

It’s always safer to call the doctor or nurse if you have questions! They’ve heard it all before, there are no stupid questions, and your baby will be safer because you checked!

  • Falling. Now that your child is mobile, he will be experimenting with his new skills. However, he’s no master! Your child will probably get a few bumps and bruises, but watch out for sharp edges, large drops, or other dangerous situations that could cause major injury.


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  • Choking. Introducing solid foods and allowing babies with the opportunity to feed themselves means one more risk- choking. You can stay safe by:
    • Stay close by when your child is eating so that you can keep an eye on things. Never leave the child alone during meal and snack times.
    • Pay attention to warning labels on baby food items- they often suggest what age range is safe to give certain foods to.
    • Always cut baby’s food into small pieces.
    • Keep small items or toys off the ground.
    • Prepare yourself by learning infant CPR as choking situations can require quick response.


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  • Dangerous items. Now that your child can get around without you, she has access to objects around the house without you providing it. That means your child will get into things you didn’t intend.
    • New dangers include hot objects, sharp objects, anything heavy that can fall, anything breakable, chemicals, and anything small enough to choke on.
    • Baby-proof your home by using child-proof locks on cabinets, cupboards, drawers, and doors.


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  • Losing any skills they used to have. Occasionally, a child will begin to speak or progress in other developmental milestones and then lose those skills suddenly. This can be a sign of Autism, so report it to your doctor immediately.
  • Failure to reach milestones by 12 months. Be patient and give your child plenty of time to reach the developmental milestones. However, there may be a need for intervention if your child has not reached the following basic milestones by 12 months old:
    • Searching for hidden or partially hidden objects,
    • crawling,
    • attempt simple words like “mama” or “baba”, or
    • using gestures like pointing, waving bye, or shaking head “no”.

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Typical Struggles for Mom and What to Do

The baby phase comes with its own unique challenges for parents.

Here are some challenges to be aware of, and some solutions to help a mama out!

  • Separation anxiety. It can be really tough on moms when babies cry during separation. If you work, you might have to deal with this every day for a while. If you don’t work, you still need breaks! It can be tough to get a night away or have a date with your man or just get some “me-time” when your baby only wants you and nobody else! This kind of constant clingy-ness can be exhausting for mom. What’s the solution?
    • Practice makes perfect. The more you leave and come back, the more your baby will learn the pattern. You have to go sometimes, but you always come back!
    • Comfort items. Having something familiar can comfort your baby when you’re gone. For example, a teddy bear, a blanket, a snuggly soft toy, a picture of you.
    • Put Dad to work! If there is another person that your child loves and trusts, such as his father, grandparents, or a good friend, ask them for help. Being left with a familiar adult isn’t nearly as scary as being left with a stranger. Win win for mom and baby!
    • Take much-needed breaks when baby is sleeping! She’ll never even know that she was left with a babysitter if you leave for a fun evening after her bedtime!
  • Mobility. It’s exciting and all, but all that moving around means a lot more work for mom. You’ll be running to and fro trying to get everything done on your checklist AND constantly watching to make sure baby is safe and not getting into things he shouldn’t get into. What can a mom do about it?
    • Provide lots of stimulating toys and switch them out frequently. This prevents your child from getting bored. The more entertained she is, the less exploring she’ll do!
    • Baby proof everything dangerous, and everything that’s just too messy to clean up every day. Better to prevent than to deal with the problem day in and day out!
    • Have a good sense of humor when baby gets into things she shouldn’t. Expect messes, and try to laugh about them! I have a friend who made it a habit to get her camera right away when something frustrating happened. Instead of freaking out, it helped her laugh at cute memories of her silly kids.
    • Baby gates are our friends. Keep kids away from the stairs…. or just keep the baby in one safe room.


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  • Feeding. It’s great that babies are starting to eat solids, but there are a few downsides. It’s messy, it’s time consuming, babies can be picky, and it’s expensive! 
    • Once your baby can eat solids, offer the child whatever the family is having for dinner (cut into small pieces of course). This is cost-effective (rather than buying separate food for baby), time-efficient (rather than preparing two meals), and helps the child adapt to the family’s diet.
    • Don’t be offended or frustrated if your child doesn’t like some of the foods that he tries, but always encourage him to try it again. The mom’s job is to offer healthy choices. The baby’s job is to decide which of the choices he will eat and how much he will eat. Never try to take over the baby’s jobs by force feeding!
    • Eliminate distractions. A distracted baby can’t eat very well. Turn off the TV, involve the entire family in the meal instead of eating separately, and keep toys away from the table.
    • Be a role model of healthy eating. Help your child learn to eat healthy foods by eating them yourself. Be a good example of trying new foods. Show your children how to have good table manners.
    • Put a piece of plastic (like a shower curtain) or an old bed sheet under the baby’s place at the table. This makes clean up much easier! Just shake it off and throw it in the washer!
    • Or… Try these helpful items!!!

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GREAT Things About This Developmental Phase

No developmental phase is all bad… in fact, they’re all a lot of fun!

The baby phase is no exception. Here are some things you’ll LOVE!!!!

  • Mobility! Ok, I know, mobility is one of the hardest things about this phase and yet one of the best things too. A little more independence for baby means a little more flexibility for mom. You don’t have to carry him everywhere anymore! He’s learning to feed himself. He’s learning to get things he wants on his own. All these skills help you out eventually!
  • FUN!!! This stage is fun, above all! For your child’s entire life, the most reciprocation you get is a little gurgling and a few laughs, when you’re lucky. Now, your child is starting to play games! She’ll learn to interact with you, including
    • responding to your requests,
    • saying your name (Awwwww!!!!),
    • remembering things you’ve taught (such as animal sounds),
    • and showing you affection! What better “thank you” can a parent ask for?
  • You get to sleep through the night! Ok, so you might not get to sleep through the night at first. Some babies have night feedings up until 9 months old. But it’s on the horizon, mama! Your sleep is almost back!!!! WOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!
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What’s Coming Up Next for Your Child??

Ok mom, hold your breath, cause this is difficult to take in…. Ready???

Your baby is almost a TODDLER!!!! 

What???? Yeah I know. It’s insane and ridiculous and unbelievable. It just can’t be so, and yet it is.

Your baby is morphing into a toddler and you’re about to leave this stage behind! What are you going to do??? 

Watch out for my next development article: Everything Parents Need to Know- Development from 12 Months to 24 Months Old.


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Need more information about babies from age 6 months to 12 months? Check out this great article by The Tot: INFANT DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES: 6-12 MONTHS.

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

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Everything Parents Need to Know Development from 6 Weeks to 6 Months

Everything Parents Need to Know- Development from 6 Weeks to 6 Months Old

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This post may contain advertisements and/or links for products and services that I value. I offer recommendations to products and/or services that I find helpful in my own life as a mom. I may receive a commission based on viewer purchases or interactions with these ads. You will NOT be charged any extra money. All prices will stay the same for you whether your purchase items/services through links found on this site or not! 

Keep an eye out for upcoming Development Posts covering all developmental stages from 0-18!

Welcome to When Fit Hits the Shan’s Development Series!!

We’ll cover each major developmental phase of life from age 0-18, diving deep into what affects children during that particular phase, what you as a parent need to be aware of, and how you can help your child develop properly.

Each post (including this one!) covers helpful topics for each developmental stage of life- including:

  • Milestones, New Skills, and Developmental Goals
  • Activities to Boost Development
  • Warning Signs or Potential Dangers
  • Typical Struggles for Mom and What to Do
  • GREAT Things About This Developmental Phase
  • What’s Coming Up Next for Your Child??

Let’s dive into what it takes to care for a baby from 6 weeks to 6 months old!! 

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Milestones, New Skills, and Developmental Goals

As always, don’t worry if your kid and the neighbor’s kid are slightly different in their milestones.

All kids reach various developmental goals in their own time and in their own way. No need to compare, because your sweet little one is his own perfect person!

Here’s a few milestones to watch out for between 6 weeks and 6 months of age:

  • Rolling Over. This is a super exciting moment because it’s baby’s first gross motor (whole body) movement! Soon, your cutie pie will be crawling, then walking, then running… but for now he’s mastering the art of rolling!
  • Sitting (with Help). Your little one is learning how to control his body more and more- although it’s still a work in progress. He can sit up but is still prone to fall over. Give your little one extra help as needed- such as when mom holds his arms to help him balance or when he has pillows propping him up.
  • Lift Head and Chest. Yes, this is the first sign that crawling is on its way! You’ve been practicing tummy time since your baby was born and now it’s paying off! She’s getting stronger and can lift her head and chest up off the ground for a few seconds! Some babies might even master crawling by 6 months old, but it’s normal for babies to crawl anytime between 6-10 months.
  • Beginning Solid Foods. It is recommended to begin solid foods at 6 months of age. However, some babies might show signs of being ready to eat solids sooner. Here are signs to watch out for:
    • Baby can sit up all on his own- without support.
    • The tongue-thrust reflex should be gone! When babies are born, their tongue automatically pushes solids out of his mouth. This reflex disappears around 6 months of age. If the reflex is gone, your baby might be ready to begin solids.
    • Baby shows interest in food by watching and reaching for food.
    • Baby is developing a “pincer grasp” which means he can pick up small objects using his thumb and pointer finger. This skill is important to learning to self-feed.
  • Teething. Teething is tough for moms and babies, but an essential part of development. Most babies get their first teeth around 6 months old, but some babies get their teeth much earlier or much later. My first baby didn’t get her first tooth until 11 months!!
  • Eye Contact and Smiles. This age is awesome because your baby shows genuine interest by laughing at, interacting with, and smiling for you and others. These interactions are a big deal because they form the beginning of relationships, social skills, and self-esteem. You’ll get to enjoy your baby laughing, smiling, jabbering, and showing excitement to see you by kicking his feet and flapping his arms when he sees you!
  • Conversations. Ok, so you don’t really have conversations with a baby. But, the interactions you do have with your baby are forming his earliest understanding of conversations. For example, he’s learning that people take turns talking, that people fluctuate their voices as they speak, that there are lots of different tones to use, lots of different sounds incorporated in our language, that common phrases or words are repeated, and, best of all, that making noise gets people’s attention! He’s learning that “speaking” (or his best attempts at speaking) is a useful tool and that will be motivating to keep learning all about language!
  • Attempt to Grab Objects. Yay, fine motor skills are developing! That means your baby is learning how to use his hands and fingers! She’s very rusty at it at first. She might try to swipe at an object and miss completely, but she’ll get better and better until she can reach for, pick up, and play with the object that she wanted!

Activities to Boost Development

Alrightie moms, you know what to expect from “nature”- that’s those developmental milestones that you’re watching for.

Let’s chat about “nurture”- the part where you get to actively participate in shaping your child!

Here are some things you can do now to help your baby reach his developmental goals:

  • Tummy Time. Tummy time is vital until a baby is strong enough to crawl. Indeed, tummy time directly correlates with a baby’s development of the muscles and coordination needed to crawl. This important skill can be delayed if a baby doesn’t get the chance to practice via tummy time.
  • Attention. Have you heard that old saying, “You can’t spoil a baby?” Well it’s true! Don’t worry about teaching your baby to delay gratification. Right now, your baby cries for legitimate reasons (hungry, thirsty, tired, over stimulated, uncomfortable, hot, cold, etc.) so don’t hesitate to meet their needs quickly! This teaches the baby that you are a reliable caregiver, which fosters trust.
  • Holding, Snuggling, Touching, Blow Raspberries. The biggest success a parent can have during the baby phase is to show your baby with absolute confidence that you will always be there for them. This bond will last a lifetime and it begins here. Making time to play and interact with your baby strengthens  the attachment they have with you. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!
  • Change Positions Often. Switching things up keeps babies interested and engaged with their environment, encourages them to turn their head in all directions, and helps them develop different muscles than if they were always in one position.  You can switch which side of crib baby’s head is on and lay/hold your baby in different positions (right side, left side, tummy, back… now let’s try propping you up to practice sitting, and then I’ll stand you up on my lap, and then you’ll lay back down… etc).
    • Make sure you include sitting and standing in the rotation of positions (although your child will need you to support them in these positions) as this will teach the skills needed to eventually master sitting and standing!
  • Talk, Read, Sing, and Label Familiar Objects. Babies love to hear language. They might not understand quite yet, but soon they will recognize familiar words and begin to respond to what you say- and it’s all because you talk to your baby now!
  • Repeat After Your Baby. I know, this might look a little weird if someone walked in the room at the wrong time. But it really is good for your baby! Your baby is more likely to imitate YOUR language if you imitate HIS language. You’re teaching him what he needs to do to learn how to speak. Plus, babies LOVE it! They notice that you are showing interest in them, at their level. They love having some control in the interaction. You can give your child the feeling of being special and valued, even as a baby.
  • Toys. Not all toys are good for babies. It’s important to know what to look for. Try toys that stimulate one or more of the senses. For example, bright colors and pictures stimulate the eyes. Textures and toys that move stimulate the sense of touch. Toys that make noise stimulate hearing. It’s also a great idea to choose toys that are easy to pick up. This will help the baby develop those fine motor (hand and finger movement) skills.

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Warning Signs or Potential Dangers

Just a few things to be aware of, but remember that most babies are healthy and strong! This is all informational and just in case!

Don’t stress too much about the possible things that might go wrong in parenthood or you’ll miss the great things that are happening now!

If you have any questions, just give your doctor a call. It’s always better to be safe and double check! 

Here are some common problems between age 6 weeks to 6 months:

  • SIDS. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a scary but PREVENTABLE risk during the baby stage. Follow the guidelines of the Safe Sleep Academy to decrease the risk of SIDS.
    • Some parents prefer to use monitors that track the baby’s movement to decrease the risk of SIDS. Check out some products like these by following the links below.

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  • Over Stimulation. Many parents are unaware that their attempts to entertain and engage with their babies can be too much. If a baby has too much going on, he feels overstimulated. He may cry, turn away, refuse to make eye contact. The solution is simple- he just needs a little quiet time and then he will be ready to interact again.
  • Choking. Babies explore the world around themselves by putting objects into their mouth. Keep small toys or objects away from the baby. As the baby gets more mobile (rolling, crawling, walking) the parent should be more aware of choke-able objects. Not sure what toys are too small?? Use a choke tester!

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  • Falling. The ability to get around via rolling or crawling adds the potential to fall. I remember setting my 4 month old daughter on a chair just for a second while I put my coat on. I thought there was no possible way for her to move. She couldn’t even roll yet. But she could kick her legs, and that was enough to propel her body off the chair. She was fine, but falls can be very dangerous especially if the child hits her head.
  • No Eye Contact. Children with Autism show very few signs in the early years, but if a parent is aware they may identify Autism early on. If a child is not making eye contact by 6 months, it is possible that the child could have Autism or other developmental delays.
  • Unresponsive, “Floppy”, Not Interested in her Surroundings. Babies at this stage are energetic, interested, and engaged. They are strengthening their muscles every day through movements. If your baby is very still, uninterested, and unresponsive, their may be a need for medical intervention. See your doctor.
  • Not Gaining Weight. Babies double their birth weight during the first 5 months of life! If your baby isn’t gaining weight, there might be a medical condition that needs to be addressed. See a doctor and/or a lactation consultant for help with feeding.
  • Not Responding to Loud Sounds or Not Making Sounds Herself. It can be difficult to identify if a baby has hearing problems, but one warning sign is if the child does not respond to loud sounds. This lack of response could be due to deafness or partial deafness. Similarly, children with hearing problems don’t hear the sounds that other people make so they don’t begin to imitate those sounds themselves. If your child does not try to make noise, she might have a hearing problem. See a doctor to confirm.

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Typical Struggles for Mom and What to Do

As with every phase, 6 weeks to 6 months has its own unique challenges. But they aren’t as bad when you’re prepared for them!

Here’s what you might find yourself struggling with in this phase:

  • Postpartum Depression or Anxiety. Postpartum depression and anxiety are very real conditions that affect a lot of women. Get help quickly by telling your doctor if you think you might be experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety.
    • Medication,
    • natural remedies,
    • self-care,
    • asking for help from family and friends,
    • and finding things that bring you joy can help ease the symptoms of these disorders. ALWAYS tell a doctor- don’t try to ease postpartum depression on your own as this can be dangerous for you and your baby. 
  • Hormones and Other Postpartum Surprises. Most people expect their bodies to be very different for the first 6 weeks postpartum. It can be a shock when it’s been a few (or a lot) of months (or years) since you had your baby and you’re still dealing with changes in your hormones or your body.
    • Learn about your new body through helpful books and educational materials.
    • Accept that some changes are permanent and that’s ok- Your baby is worth it!
    • Find out what things you can change and set realistic goals to make those changes.
    • Love yourself!
    • Take each day one step at a time.
    • Be aware of your own needs and limitations so that you don’t do too much too soon.
    • Ask and accept help from others.

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  • Back to Life. After the first 6 weeks, you’ve got to start transitioning back to reality. For moms who work, maternity leave ends and you’ve got to figure out a whole new routine. For all moms, you run out of freezer meals and it’s time to start cooking again. Your fridge empties, and it’s time to get to the grocery store. Your house gets dirty, and you’re the one who’s got to clean it. And you’re doing all this with one extra tiny person to juggle. There’s a lot to learn and a lot to figure out!
    • Take things one step at a time. Clean the bathroom today, go shopping tomorrow.
    • Don’t expect too much of yourself too soon.
    • Ask for help as needed!
    • Get your partner and older kids involved in the housework and errands. Split up the chores.
    • Do chores and errands on a rotation- not all at once.
    • Find a way to reward yourself for a job well done to keep yourself from getting burnt out.
    • Wear your baby! It’s way easier to get things done.

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  • Nursing Struggles. If you or your baby struggle to nurse, it’s possible that these issues could be a long-term problem for you. There isn’t one solution as every person’s needs are different. Here are a few of the potential solutions for you to consider:
    • See a lactation consultant to identify if you and your baby’s nursing technique is correct.
    • See a doctor to make sure the baby’s nutrition and growth is adequate.
    • Consider pumping and feeding the baby your breast milk out of a bottle.
    • Don’t be upset or ashamed to feed your baby formula! If it’s what is best for you and your baby, then who cares what other people think??
    • Take advantage of all the great breast feeding products out there to make yourself more comfortable!

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  • Sleep Deprivation. As you deal with all this transition back to real life after having a baby, you have to do it all on half the sleep you used to get! It’s no fun. There’s no easy way to handle it. It just sucks to not sleep! But your baby will sleep more and more and you’ll have fewer feedings up until the child finally transitions to sleeping through the night. It gets better, mama!
    • Give yourself a good cry now and again. This part just sucks.
    • Research sleeping tricks and tips. With my first baby, I got her out of bed to eat every time she made the slightest noise in her bed. I found out later that she didn’t need to eat every time and I was actually waking her (and myself) up way more than was necessary!
    • Sleep during the day every chance you get. Naps aren’t time to clean the house or get stuff done! It’s time for you to rest!
  • Teething. Ahhh, teething. Another fact of life that just sucks… for mom and baby. Teething is painful and uncomfortable for babies. There are some tricks that moms can use to help out a poor teething baby. Check out these great products to make teething a little easier for you and your baby!

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GREAT Things About This Developmental Phase

That’s right, just because there are some tough things doesn’t mean that age 6 weeks to 6 months isn’t AMAZING!

I LOVE this phase! You’re past the infant stage and moving into the baby phase. Here are some wonderful things about this age:

  • Baby is Responsive! The absolute, hands down, most amazing part of the baby stage is how much FUN you get to have with your baby! They’re cute, they’re friendly, they’re playful, and they love everything you do. It’s the best! You’ve got your own little BFF to hang out with all the time! They’re never mad at you, they’re so loving and sweet. It’s just fun to be around a baby!
  • Baby is Not TOO Mobile. Every experienced mom will tell you that life gets a little harder once baby starts to crawl and walk. That means you’re in the perfect phase of limited mobility! Baby is able to sit up if propped up with pillows and she can play by herself for short periods of time… but she’s also not so independent that she’s getting into your cupboards and drawers! What a great place to be!
  • No Discipline Yet! Oh yeah. I soak up the baby phase because the parenting part of it all is very simple. No worrying about teen pregnancy or instilling proper morals into your kids. It’s just basic! Keep the kid alive! I don’t care who you are, that kind of no pressure parenting is nice!!
  • Nursing Problems May End Soon. 6 months is a major milestone for nursing moms! If you can nurse for the first 6 months of life, you’ve given your baby a great head start!! If you’re having a tough time with nursing, 6 months might be a good time to quit. Other moms continue nursing for a year, and other moms nurse for many years. Do whatever is best for your family!
  • No Stranger Awareness Yet. Another GREAT thing about young babies is that they don’t experience fear of strangers until they are older. That means you are free to drop them off with grandma for an evening while you go get dinner and there’s no separation anxiety. You can let your friends hold your baby at church, you can get a babysitter, it’s all good! That’s something to take advantage of!

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What’s Coming Up Next for Your Child??

Your baby is growing and growing! You won’t believe how big she’ll get in the next couple months!

Soak up your little one because she won’t be little for long!

Everything Parents Need to Know- Development from 6 months to 12 months!!

 

Well. There you have it.

All the wonderful things, struggles, and adventures of being a mom of a baby from 6 weeks to 6 months old. 

Need more resources? Check out Child Development 3-6 Months or Baby Development!

It’s a great time of life, for you and for the little one!

Enjoy it mama!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

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Keep an eye out for upcoming Development Posts covering all developmental stages from 0-18!

Welcome to When Fit Hits the Shan’s Development Series!!

We’ll cover each major developmental phase of life from age 0-18, diving deep into what affects children during that particular phase, what you as a parent need to be aware of, and how you can help your child develop properly.

Each post (including this one!) covers helpful topics for each developmental stage of life- including:

  • Milestones, New Skills, and Developmental Goals
  • Activities to Boost Development
  • Warning Signs or Potential Dangers
  • Typical Struggles for Mom and What to Do
  • GREAT Things About This Developmental Phase
  • What’s Coming Up Next for Your Child??

Let’s dive into the infant stage!

First of all, congrats Mama!! That’s so exciting that you get to enjoy this amazing miracle of parenthood!

It’s seriously the best. There’s not a thing in the world that can compare. You love these little ones so much, and they just fill your entire universe.

Sometimes I just let my jaw drop and sit in awe for a minute at how wonderful and perfect and sweet and funny and cute and innocent and pure and loving and forgiving and cuddly and honest and wonderful kids are! Especially my own kids. There’s nothing like having your own.

And now you get to enjoy all that too! I’m just bursting with joy FOR you!  

So here it is! Everything a mom needs to know about your infant’s development within the first 6 weeks of life! 

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Milestones, New Skills, and Developmental Goals

First of all, it’s important to note that developmental milestones happen over a range of time.

For example, it’s normal for kids to start talking between 9 and 14 months! That’s quite a range! It gets really stressful if your child is a 14 month old talker. 

You wait and wait… and all the other kids are saying words… And you’re just hanging in there hoping your baby will speak too! And then one day, he does! And it’s such a relief. But you can’t help but feel behind! Now all the other kids know five or six words and your baby only says one! 

Don’t get caught up in comparisons. It’s perfectly ok for kids to take their development at their own pace!

So don’t freak out mama.

Here are a few awesome new skills to watch for in the first 6 weeks of life:

  • Gain about 4 lbs during the first 6 weeks. Keep in mind- babies often loose a couple pounds in the first two or three days after birth, then gain it back slowly over the next weeks.
  • Focus on faces. This is super fun because you can tell your baby is getting to know you! Hold her close because her eyesight isn’t great at first.
  • Coo, sigh, gurgle, and other adorable sounds!! Soak these up! These adorable little noises are unique to newborns and will start to change as your baby gets older. This is great practice for your baby to eventually use those vocal chords to speak and sing!
  • Improve eating. Infants eat on demand- meaning whenever they are hungry, feed them. Your baby should be showing consistent signs of hunger (yay- you’re figuring out this crazy motherhood thing!). She should also be using a proper latch (if not, practice makes perfect! Don’t be afraid to stop feeding and adjust the latch!). You will also notice that she is more efficient at eating- meaning she can feed faster and less frequently.
  • Sleep 16 hours per day. Don’t expect your infant to sleep through the night because he still needs to eat during the night (I know, that sucks! Hang in there mom!). Around 6 weeks of age, you can start understanding better what your baby’s sleep patterns are! Woo hoo for schedules and death to the unpredictability of the first few weeks!!!!
  • Stronger neck and head! It’s tough for an infant to hold their head up, but as your baby gets lots of tummy time you will see improvement during the first 6 weeks! You will still need to be careful to support his head, but he will start trying to lift his head on his own. He should also be able to move his head from side to side.
  • Umbilical Chord. You can expect the baby’s umbilical chord to fall off on its own within the first few weeks. Once it does, your baby is ready for her first real bath- not just those wipe-em-down-with-a-towel wannabe baths!
  • Social and Emotional Skills! I know, so exciting! This is by far my favorite developmental milestone of the first 6 weeks! Your baby learns who you are! He learns your voice and your face! When you start talking or when you approach your baby, he’ll start to wiggle and flap his arms and reach for you! And the SMILES! Every once and a while, a newborn will smile in their sleep as they dream of your breast milk, but at about 6 weeks you see a real I-love-you-mommy SMILE! Yay! There’s nothing like it in the world.

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Activities to Boost Development

One of my favorite things about being a mom is that balance between nature and nurture!

It’s awesome because I get to relax and enjoy my kiddos in whatever stage of life they are in (nature) and yet I also love being an active participant in shaping their character (nurture). 

So cool, huh?? Moms really get the best of both worlds!

We’ve been talking about the nature part so far (development) but let’s throw in a little of the nurture. Here’s what YOU can do to help your child along in learning new skills and mastering his first 6 weeks of life!! 

  •  Snuggle, touch, hold, kiss, diaper, burp, feed, sleep together, etc. Touch is wonderful for newborns! All the typical routines of taking care of a baby (diapering, burping, feeding, sleeping) can involve a lot of parent-child bonding if you hold and snuggle your newborn during those times. It’s stimulating to his senses, he can learn your voice and your face, and it strengthens your relationship.  Look for any chance you can find to soak up your sweet little one- it’s great for them too!
  • Eye contact. Newborns have poor eyesight, so hold them close to your face. It’s good for them to see you up close to learn who you are. This builds trust and familiarity. You can also practice tracking- meaning helping your baby follow an object with his eyes- by moving a brightly colored toy across the baby’s field of vision (this is also great for his neck muscles!!).
  • Talk, sing, read, and more! Let your baby hear your voice! Even though she can’t talk yet, she’ll learn to recognize who you are by your voice and she’ll pick up on specific pieces of language, like tone fluctuations, emotions in your voice, pauses in speaking, and more!
  • Movement games. Babies love to move! Lay your little one on your lap, take a hold of their hands or feet, and practice clapping, running, jumping, playing pretend drums, and more!
  • Bright colors and patterns. These are easier for their little eyes to see and they get their brains working!
  • Tummy time! Tummy time is not a suggestion- it’s an important part of babies’ health. Without tummy time, babies develop a flat head from laying in one position all the time. Laying them on their bellies strengthens babies’ neck and back muscles.
  • Meet their needs quickly! The most important developmental goal of the first 6 weeks is to develop a strong bond between parent and child. This bond is your child’s first emotional attachment and has a deep influence in the rest of her social and emotional development for life. Help your baby learn to trust you by meeting her needs quickly in the first few weeks. As the baby gets older, she is more capable of waiting a minute or two if needed. For now, do your best to respond quickly to your child’s cries.

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Warning Signs or Potential Dangers

Now. Moms. We are always on hyper-alert for anything that might be wrong with our babies because we love them and it freaks us out to know that they might not be genetically perfect.

Keep an eye out for these things, but don’t stress yourself too much! Follow your mommy intuition. Trust your gut.

If you have any questions, just give your doctor a call. It’s always better to be safe and double check! 

Here’s a few of the common warning signs or potential dangers of the first 6 weeks of life.

  • Yellow skin or eyes. Jaundice is when your baby has too much bilirubin in her blood. Basically, her liver is just brand new and needs a little more practice to function properly. The great news is that there’s a super simple solution! All she needs is a little sunlight!  Open a window, lay down a blanket in the sun, and let your baby soak up the light for 10-15 minutes. In extreme cases, newborns may need to be hospitalized for extreme cases of jaundice. If you’re unsure, call the doctor and ask about your specific situation.
  • Sluggishness/Unresponsive. Babies who are lethargic may have medical problems that need a doctor’s attention. Your baby should sleep often, but wiggle, look around, and make noises when she is awake.
  • Refuse to eat. Generally, infants eat on demand- meaning we feed them whenever they need food. Typically, babies at this age are hungry every 4-5 hours. If your baby shows no interest to eat or avoids eating for a long period of time, see your doctor.
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea. Sickness in babies can be serious because of their weak immune systems. If your child is vomiting (more than just a little spit up… which is normal) or has diarrhea visit your doctor.
  • Fever. For a baby under 29 days old, a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is a medical emergency. Get your baby to the doctor right away!
  • Umbilical Chord Infection. Keep an eye on the child’s umbilical chord for signs of infection, which include: red skin, puss, and/or a yucky smell. Take your child in to the doctor if you notice any of these symptoms.
  • Sucking Problems. Nursing is tricky for moms and babies. It’s a new skill that you both have to learn. Don’t be too concerned if nursing is difficult, but know that there is a lot of help out there (lactation consultants, online resources, creams and lotions to heal your nipples, etc.). However, there are more serious feeding issues that might require a doctor’s attention, such as:
    • Weak sucking
    • No swallowing during nursing
    • Abnormally long feeding (45 minutes or longer)
    • Excessive spit up or discolored spit up
  • Not gaining weight. Babies typically grow in a steady and upward trend. You don’t want to see a baby’s weight or height plateau. Your baby might not be gaining enough weight if he has very few dirty/wet diapers or if his skin is loose. Don’t be worried about the drop in weight that usually occurs 2-3 days after birth. It’s normal for babies to drop a little weight but then they gain it right back and then some in the following weeks.

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Typical Struggles for Mom and What to Do

The first 6 weeks is no picnic. There are some tough things about this developmental phase.

Here’s a few of the common struggles for mom during the infant phase… and what to do about it!

  • Postpartum Recovery. Let’s not forget- through all of this development that your baby is going through and all this change you’re experiencing, you’re still healing from childbirth! This is a major physical and emotional adjustment. If you are struggling to care for your baby while recovering from labor and delivery, try these tips:
    • Follow the doctor’s directions to the T!
    • Ask other people for help!
    • Communicate clearly to your partner so that they can help you.
    • Make time for self-care, even if it’s just a little extra sleep.
    • Keep it simple. Cook meals out of a box like Hamburger Helper or something. Don’t worry about cleaning. Don’t move unless you have to. The couch and Netflix are your friends.
    • Take advantage of helpful products that can make you more comfortable.

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  • Postpartum Depression or Anxiety. Please know that these are REAL conditions that can affect ANYONE- regardless of your emotional health before the baby comes. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s nothing to hide. If you find yourself battling with postpartum depression or anxiety, try these tips:
    • Tell a doctor right away and follow his recommendations!
    • Tell your family and friends. Be prepared with a list of things they can do to help you- including cleaning your house, meals, taking the baby for a bit while you sleep, watching the older siblings, shopping, or WHATEVER else you think of!! Maybe you just need chocolate! Tell someone and they’ll get it for you!
    • Self-care the crap out of yourself!! Take long showers, nap when the baby naps, snuggle your husband and/or the baby, eat yummy food, get take out!! All that and more!

Need some great ideas for self-care? Read more here: 

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  • Knowing what baby needs. How am I supposed to care for an infant who can’t tell me what is wrong?? She just cries! Luckily, science and smart moms before me have it down. Here’s what to look for when your baby is crying:
    • Is he hungry?
    • Is he tired? (Side note- it’s better to help a baby fall asleep before they get fussy so be aware of early signs of sleepiness)
    • Is he hot or cold?
    • Is his diaper wet or dirty? (Or maybe he’s in the process of pooping??)
    • Does he want to be held?
    • Does he have gas? (Try pumping his legs or holding him in a different position to relieve gas pains)
    • Is he uncomfortable? (Try holding him in different positions or laying him down in different positions)
    • Is he overstimulated? (Try giving him some space to see if that calms him down)
    • Is there something hurting him that I didn’t notice? (Try checking him from head to toe to see if there is something wrong. It could be something poking him through his jammies or a hair wrapped around his toe. One mom told me she accidentally clipped the pacifier to her baby’s nipple! Oops!)
  • Colic. Basically, colic is when babies cry for no reason for 3 hours per day or more, for 3 days a week or more. It’s really tough on parents because colicky babies are difficult (nearly impossible!) to soothe. And it can last for a few months! If your baby is colicky, try these methods:
    • Give your baby something to suck on, like a pacifier.
    • Swaddle the baby tightly to resemble the snug feeling of being in the womb.
    • Sway and rock with your baby to calm and relax them.
    • Sing, shush, or use white noise to drown out the new and loud sounds outside the womb. These noises can be overstimulating to a baby, so consistent sound like a vacuum, running water, or shushing can be relaxing to a newborn.
    • Try a change of scenery, like going outside or taking a bath. The warm water or the fresh air might help your child calm down.
    • For more excellent suggestions, check out Coping with Colic from BabyCenter
    • And of course, moms- take care of yourselves if you have a colicky baby!!
  • Nursing struggles. Nursing doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people. If that’s the case for you, try:
    • Using a lactation consultant for help.
    • Practice, practice, practice!
    • Learn as much as you can. Maybe the baby isn’t latching properly and there’s a simple fix!
    • Try pumping and feeding the baby your breast milk in a bottle.
    • Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed if you need to feed your baby formula!
    • Take advantage of the products that are out there to help you.

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  • Sleep deprivation. If you ask moms what the worst part of the infant stage is, you’ll always hear about the lack of sleep! This one is universal. Everyone gets less sleep during the infant phase. Every baby in this phase needs to eat at night, and that means you’ll be up to feed them. So sorry about that one, mama! But it’s a fact of life. If you’re struggling with the sleep deprivation, try these things:
    • Sleep any time you can!
    • Ask friends or family to watch your older kids so that you can nap when the baby naps.
    • Don’t fall into the trap of trying to be productive while baby sleeps! You’ll get there later- but in the first 6 weeks, sleep time for baby is sleep time for mom too.
    • Divide duties with your partner. Pump some milk so that he can feed the baby with a bottle sometimes.
    • Use relaxation methods and calming techniques to help you get a restful sleep.
    • Simplify daily life. If you’re exhausted, you can’t keep up with everything, so just do what really matters and let the rest wait!
  • Feeling stuck indoors. Are you a social butterfly? Or a workaholic? Or a busy bee? Then you’re likely to struggle with the first 6 weeks. This time is about relaxing, laying around on the couch, figuring out this new little person. Not about getting stuff done or going out. In fact, it’s not very safe to take your little one out because his immune system is weak. If you’re feeling stuck, here’s some tips:
    • Ask friends to come visit!
    • Ask a friend, your partner, or a family member to watch the baby while you go out. Make sure you pump some milk so baby can eat!
    • Think up a bunch of fun activities for yourself before you have your baby.
    • Get ready to binge watch your favorite shows!
    • Get yourself treats, comfy pillows and blankets, adult coloring books, regular books, whatever you need to be cozy and happy indoors.
    • Sit outside with your baby for a few minutes to get some fresh air!

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GREAT Things About This Developmental Phase

Now, just because there are some tough things doesn’t mean the newborn phase isn’t incredible… because it really is!

The newborn phase is one of my favorites. Ok, I’ll probably say that about every developmental phase… but it’s true- every single one has so many amazing things!!! 

You’ll never experience anything else like the infant stage. Here’s why:

  • They’re SOOO snuggly! As babies and children grow up, sometimes they don’t want to cuddle you. It’s so sad! Not so with infants. You can hold them close, dress them up, take adorable pictures, and snuggle some more. And they love every second of it!
  • It’s so short. The infant phase is unique because it’s only a few weeks long! That can be a good thing because there are difficult things about this phase… but it’s also the perfect reason to soak it right up!!! Your baby will change so fast, so you need to remember every second!
  • It’s an amazing reason to slow down in life. Life is way too fast paced in modern society. The infant stage defies this extreme rush! None of that- instead, we’re going to rest for a solid 6 weeks. That’s right- take that, assembly lines and race cars.
  • It’s humbling. The infant stage reminds me of what’s important. I refocus on my family each time I have another baby. But that’s not all- I learn that I can’t do everything myself and I learn to accept help from others all over again. I learn to simplify and take it easy. I learn to smell the flowers. I learn to admire the amazing perfection of a new child and I remember my immense responsibility to raise this little human to become a responsible adult. It’s a lot to take in- in a short time. The infant stage is all about the baby’s growth and my own growth.
  • It’s simple. The infant stage isn’t complicated. There’s no discipline because an infant doesn’t break rules. They cry for three or four reasons, give or take. The infant stage is a good beginner lesson to the complex role of parenting.

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What’s Coming Up Next for Your Child??

Your child is graduating from the “infant” stage. Soon, she’ll be a full-fledged chubby, wiggling, giggling, playing baby!

Everything Parents Need to Know- Development from 6 Weeks to 6 Months Old!!

 

Well mama, enjoy your infant, and remember how lucky you are to be a mom! It really is the best job in the world. So rewarding, so fulfilling, and so enriching.

You’ll learn to give your entire self to another person who needs you.

There’s nothing like it! Enjoy motherhood! 

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

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Hey Moms,

Do you have crazy pregnancy nightmares?

Comment Below- What is your craziest pregnancy dream or nightmare??

I get those… and a reoccurring one for me is that I’m going into labor in random places.

I’ve dreamed that I went into labor in a grocery store, in an amusement park, traveling to visit family in another state… But by far the worst reoccurring labor dream is when I go into labor in the car in the middle of nowhere.

There’s no hospitals, no doctors or nurses…

Just me and my husband, who is always freaking out even worse than I am.

I usually end up yelling my best guesses of what to do at him as he ignores me and races down the road looking for a hospital. I’m much more profane in my dreams than I am in real life.

I usually have the babies (it’s always twins!!) in the passenger seat, and he finally pulls up at a hospital right after they are both born.

And then he sells our car because he can’t stand looking at it anymore.

Those nightmares are terrifying enough to motivate me to do some research. If something crazy were to happen, I wanted to know what to do! That goes for if I was the one in labor or if another poor mom needed help delivering a baby.

Dads- you should all read this! You can’t just drive and hope you find a hospital!

Moms- you too! For your sake and the sake of other women who might need you in some freak emergency situation, or a zombie raid, or whatever weird reason you might be stuck playing doctor for real.

It never hurts to be prepared, and a little prior knowledge might be just what you need to stay calm.

Let’s dive in!

 

1. Keep Your Head On

If you ever need to deliver a child, I’m sure it will be terrifying and crazy and freaky! Here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  • Women all over the world have labor at home– without meds, without intervention.
  • Women’s bodies are tailor made for labor and delivery.
  • Most births aren’t complicated.
  • Nature knows its stuff! 

Remember that fact and stay calm! After all, if you’re freaking out, that poor mom is going to be losing it.

and breathe neon sign on tre

A woman once described her labor to me. This isn’t one of the crazy stories where someone delivers a baby in the jungle. She was in a hospital, safe with nurses, but she was having a natural birth.

She told me, “I’ve always been a screamer during labor.”

The nurse was repeatedly coming in and trying to calm her or make her more comfortable or offering her ways to help with the pain. But she wanted a natural labor, the screaming was more of a coping mechanism for her.

Finally, the nurse came in and said, “I’m so sorry, I really need you to stop screaming. There’s a 13-year-old down the hall in labor and you’re scaring her.”

So yeah, keep it relaxing for the poor mother’s sake.

2. Make Sure Help Is On It’s Way

Labor can go fast, and with all the fear and emotions floating around, things might slip your mind.

Above all else, make sure help is coming!

police car at street

Dial 911, call a hospital, call the midwife (love that show!), light signal fires, or whatever- but make sure someone is coming.

(Side note- if you’re pregnant and close to delivery, keep yourself safely near cell phone service. Save long hikes into the backwoods for you until after baby comes. Who would want to do that with swollen feet anyways?? 😊)

This step is the part that might save you from having to deliver a baby at all. Cross your fingers for that! But just in case, let’s continue so that you know what to do in all cases.

3. Make Sure Help Can Find You

You might not think about small things that will slow down the help that’s coming.

Are your doors locked?? Then they can’t get in! Unlock everything!

Are you still driving?? Then they don’t know where to go to find you! Anyways, I can’t imagine delivering a baby without meds while strapped in a seat belt. If it were me, that seat-belt would have to come off, and that means it’s not safe to be flying down the road anyways.

Are you on a main road or trail? What landmarks are around? How can you make yourself more visible?

It’s natural to try to hide away, after all, labor isn’t pretty and it’s a private event. But make sure that you can be found so that you can get help.

4. Sanitize

Find the cleanest space possible. Best case scenario, you have a bed with clean sheets and blankets. For easier cleanup, put a shower curtain down on the bed. You might want to put towels over the curtain to make it more comfortable and absorbent.

In the best case scenario, sanitize means not just clean but disinfected too. Do the best with what you have.

The floor is a good choice because the baby won’t fall or get dropped accidentally. Babies are slimy and slippery after all.

Or maybe the cleanest area around is in the car or maybe it’s a patch of grass… Or just a zombie free warehouse, I don’t know.

Wherever you are, wash your hands or use sanitizer if you have it.

person washing hands over sink


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5. Listen to the Mother

From here, follow mom’s direction.

What position is comfortable for her? Lying down, sitting, squatting, standing, walking, whatever.

Do that.

She might want you to push her knees towards her chest (this can relieve pain) or help her breathe or say calming words of encouragement or just shut up.

Whatever she needs, do it.

And by all means, don’t cry about the mess in your car, in your house, wherever. You’re going to need new stuff. Accept that fact and help the poor woman.

man wiping his tears

Pray that the medics get there before you have to actually deliver. It’s normal for labor to go on for several hours, so hopefully you made it to the hospital before then or someone can come help you before then.

But labor can also be very fast in some cases… Again, just in case, let’s chat about what to do if you don’t.

6. Support Baby’s Head

You’ll see the baby’s head first.

Things often move slow in labor- so don’t try to rush it. Don’t pull or force anything. Just be patient.

Keep the head and neck supported by putting your hand under the baby’s head. It’s normal for the baby to turn as he is born.

7. Breathing

Even before the baby fully emerges, you can help make sure he is breathing.

Use a clean towel to wipe the baby’s face clean. Just wipe the towel downwards across the baby’s mouth and nose to open the airways.

Don’t mess with the umbilical cord. You won’t be cutting it or messing with it at all unless it’s tangled around the baby’s neck. Don’t freak out, just hold the baby with its head closer to mom to avoid pulling on the cord. Then untangle it from the baby as the baby is born.

8. Catch!

Watch out- once the shoulders come out, the whole baby’s comin. No more slow and steady wins the race- It’s fast and easy to drop the baby.

This is no time for selfies or a quick snack or a 5-minute break.

Just focus and be ready to catch. Expect slippery. It’s best to catch the baby in something- like a towel, a shirt, a coat, or whatever you have around- so that you don’t drop her.

Softly dab the baby to dry them, make sure they are breathing (if they are making any sound, they are breathing so no need to hit their butt. That’s a thing anymore.), and lay baby skin-to-skin on mom to warm up.

woman holding baby

Don’t be worried if there is blood. Blood and fluid is part of this process.

9. Afterbirth

Yes, there’s more.

I know, where does it end??

Soon… ish…

We can really really hope that help has arrived by now. In most cases it would have.

But AGAIN… Just in case… Let’s chat about the placenta.

This is the organ that a woman’s body creates when she’s pregnant to keep the baby alive. It’s not needed after the baby is born, so it comes out after delivery.

This usually happens about 10-15 minutes after baby comes. It’s important to let the afterbirth come at its own time. Don’t pull on it because it can tear and it’s important for the whole thing to be delivered. Any pieces that break off could cause problems for mom later.

Wrap the placenta up in a towel or something. The doctor might want to check to make sure that there are no broken off pieces on the placenta, just to be safe, so keep it around.

10. Keep Mom and Baby Warm and Comfortable

You can sit back and relax now!

baby covered with white blanket

If you’re in a safe place, just wait for help to come and they can handle it from here.

Pat yourself on the back and make a plan for a big reward/treat for yourself. You earned it.

11. Turn Things Over to the Professionals

Finally, they’re here! Just listen and do whatever they ask you to do. They know what they’re talking about.

 

Now you’re ready moms, and dads.

Knowing all this has stopped the nightmares and helped me sleep easy. If there were some crazy situation, I could handle it, and so could you!

The biggest thing is to trust nature. Trust a woman’s body to know what it’s doing. Don’t assume you know more and try to intervene more than you should.

Just support what’s naturally happening.

And get ready to tell all your friends, cause this is going to be the story of the century!

Have you ever had to deliver a baby on your own… Or known someone who did? Tell us about it in the comments below! And please share any additional advice!

 

For more resources on how to deliver a baby, check out theartofmanliness.com. 

If you’re worried about complications during delivery, check this doctor approved resource. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

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