Baby products, Breastfeeding, Child development, Early Years, First time Mum, food, Sleep, Weaning

Samuel at 12 months

I can't believe I am writing this post. It seems crazy that I have a one year old. I'm sure it was only yesterday that I held him for the first time. Samuel has changed so much since he was that 8lb 4oz newborn and even since my last update. He really is turning into a little boy.

Gross Motor
Samuel is able to walk a short distance independently but would still rather hold your finger although he seems to be getting more confident everyday. He loves to climb and will pull himself up on anything, climbing on and off his scuttle bug and bike with ease.

Fine Motor
Samuel is able to use his hands with purpose. He can use a spoon to feed himself and is able to pick up small objects and food using a pincer grip. He is still obsessed with putting lids back on things.

Cognitive
Samuel remembers where things were or where they should be. He likes to push cars around on the floor and tries really hard to put the correct shape in the correct hole in his shape house.

Communication
Samuel is beginning to build up a repertoire of words such as mama, dada, ball, bubble, Peppa, no and Nanna. He is able to follow simple instructions such as 'sit down', 'find daddy' and 'come here' and understands lots of individual words. Samuel likes to sing and he loves books, bringing them to you to read.

Social
Samuel can be quite shy around unfamiliar people and can be quite clingy especially towards me. However with people he knows well he will happily go with them and talk to them. Samuel particularly likes older children who he can follow around and copy. He loves spending time with his older cousins and friends. It has been really good for Samuel to spend with Daddy and Grandad without me around.

Feeding
Samuel wakes and is breastfeed about half and hour before his breakfast. He then usually goes all day without milk until bedtime when he will have a formula bottle and a top up of breast milk if needed. If he does want milk during the day he will either have a small bottle of formula or some breast milk depending on where we are and what we are doing. Samuel will have breast milk during the night if he wakes to settle him quickly back to sleep.
Samuel is now eating pretty much anything and his favourite food is peas and sweetcorn. He now has 8 teeth; 4 at the top and 4 at the bottom.

Sleeping
Samuel still likes 2 naps a day and the car and pushchair are still the places he falls to sleep easiest. In the evenings he falls to sleep on our bed and we transfer him into his own room. He has now slept through the night (between 6 and 9 hours) a few times and it's very reassuring to know he can do it. We still occasionally co sleep and we do it because it works for us.

Although I am a little sad that I no longer have a baby (he will always be my baby though) I am excited to see the little boy he is growing in to.

Child development, Early Years, First time Mum, food, Parent, Sleep, Weaning

Samuel at 9 months

I can’t believe we are at this point already! Samuel has nearly been here as long as he was growing inside me. He just amazes us everyday. He is so clever. I know all parents say that and it’s always true. 

Gross Motor

Samuel is able to crawl and pull himself up to standing on sturdy furniture. He is able to sit himself up from laying down or crawling by getting up on his hands and feet. He still loves to walk holding both hands. 

Fine Motor

Samuel is much more purposeful with his movements. He is able to grasp anything he needs and swap between his hands. Even at this early stage he seems to be favouring his right hand. Samuel is able to keep hold of an object for long periods of time such as his dummy or his cup. He loves filling and emptying and attempts to put lids back on things. 

Cognitive 

Samuel actively explores the world around him. Now he is on the move he is literally into everything. He lifts things to see what is underneath and is copying actions such as shaking his head, clapping and waving. 

Communication 

Samuel loves to talk and will babble phrases of 3/4 syllables. He babbles frequently even when alone and listens with more interest to familiar words such as Mummy, Daddy and water and to familiar songs such as Wind the Bobbin up. Samuel is able to say Mama and Dada. He also seems to say hello in context. 



Social

Samuel is such a flirt and will put on the smile for people who show him attention. He loves to play Peekaboo and likes to talk to the ‘Mirror Baby’. Samuel is now able to wave bye and likes to share his toys and food (although he doesn’t actually want you to keep them). He loves other children and had so much fun on holiday with his big cousin. 

Feeding

Samuel is still breastfeeding on demand and still needs a feed during the night to settle him quickly back to sleep. He also has 1-2 formula bottles a day. Samuel loves his food, especially finger foods that he can feed himself. He now has 4 teeth. 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom, and 2 more top teeth trying to come through. 

Sleeping

Samuel is still not a great sleeper. He has still never slept through the night and we spend a lot of time co-sleeping. He is down to 2 naps a day and has to be really tired to fall asleep if we are somewhere new (nosey baby). When we are at home though he is sleeping in his own room for the first part of the night which means Lee and I have got our evenings back. He loves to nap in the car and will often fall asleep even if he has only just had a nap. We do not and will not use the car as a sleep aid though but often try and time our journeys around nap time where possible. 

Samuel has achieved so much already and being his Mummy really is the best job in the world! 

Baby products, Child development, Early Years, First time Mum, Parent, Sleep, Travel, Weaning

Our top 10 essential baby items 0-6 months

Here our our top 10 items for the first 6 months of having a baby and why they are our favourites:

  1. Bright Starts Roaming Safari Activity Gym
  2. SnuzPod Bedside Crib 3 in 1
  3. Mamas & Papas Morph Baby Carrier
  4. Breastfeeding Nursing Cover – boned
  5. Gro-egg Room Thermometer 
  6. Cybex Sirona Car Seat
  7. Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine
  8. Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Support
  9. Mamas & Papas Baby Snug and Activity Tray
  10. Taf Toys Clip on Pram Book

Bright Starts Roaming Safari Activity Gym                                                          Samuel was just 3 days old when he first used his baby gym and he was mesmerised. It quickly became a favourite, with Grandparents buying baby gyms to keep at their houses. This one easily folds up and is a good size. We even took ours on holiday with us to the lakes!

SnuzPod Bedside Crib 3 in 1             Keeping Samuel close has always been important to us and the SnuzPod allowed us to do this safely. It attached to the side of our bed meaning I could just roll over and place Samuel in and out with ease.  I could lay next to him without the worry of rolling on to him. My only wish is that it lasted longer but Samuel was definitely too big for it by 6 months. I have big plans for it in the playroom though.

Mamas & Papas Morph Baby Carrier  Lee went into Mamas & Papas to test out the baby carriers before deciding upon this one. Samuel absolutely loves it and I have been known to wear it round the house just to get jobs done. Samuel especially loves it now he is forward facing. He is such a nosey boy and this allows him to people watch with ease. 

Breastfeeding Nursing Cover                     In the first few months of breastfeeding this was a lifesaver. As a first time mum it allowed me to build my confidence in feeding Samuel when we were out and about. We very rarely use it now as Samuel likes to see what is going off around him but it was a definite must at the start. 

Gro-Egg Room Thermometer                      As Samuel was a Summer born baby this was so useful in ensuring the room was the right temperature or that Samuel was dressed appropriately for bed (see chart below). Lee did become a bit obsessed with it though lol. 

Cybex Sirona Car Seat                                 We read so much about not leaving babies in car seats for long periods of time so decided not to get one that you could lift in and out. It meant that Samuel got used to being transferred into his pushchair or cot without waking and we actually got some use out of the carry cot attachment. The Cybex appealed to us as it will last till he is 4 and can be rear facing for longer than most. It has a 360* swivel which makes getting Samuel in and out a whole lot easier and is of course Isofix. 

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine These have had a bad reputation at the moment with some discovering mould inside. I checked mine and it was perfectly clean as were all my friends that also use them. It really does make life simpler when making up a bottle. There is no waiting around for a kettle to boil. No waiting for the milk to cool down. It is instantly at the correct temperature for baby to drink. I mainly breastfeed but when I do give Samuel a bottle this has been one of the most useful gadgets. 

Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Support       We got this as a transition from the baby bath although it could have been used from birth. Instantly Samuel loved this. It must be super comfortable as he happily lays there or sits on the end. It enables whoever is bathing Samuel to have both hands free and without the fear of Samuel slipping. Again another item we took on holiday with us.

Mamas & Papas Baby Snug and Activity Tray                                                                 This is a different version of the Bumbo. We liked how this came with a tray and a removable insert. Samuel used this from 4 months and it really helped with his sitting. It also helped me get some jobs done as I could easily move it round the house and Samuel would sit and watch me. The activity tray kept him occupied whilst we ate tea and it could easily be transported to Grandparents houses to be used as a high chair. Samuel still happily sits in in now and my 20 month old nephew still likes to sit in his.

Taf Toys Clip on Pram Book                      We got this quite early on to give Samuel something to look at in his carry cot. It quickly became a favourite and was really useful to use during tummy time as well. We liked how one side had the black and white images for stimulating baby early on. We bought one for our friends new baby as Samuel loved it so much. 

What are your top baby products? 

      Child development, First time Mum, Parent, Sleep, Weaning

      Samuel at 6 Months

      Wow how did we get here so quickly? How is our beautiful little baby now this beautiful little boy? People will tell you to cherish every moment it will go so fast and they are right. I want to write a little round up of how Samuel is doing. Something we can look back on. So here goes!

      Gross Motor 
      Samuel is able to sit up by himself as well as being able to roll over. He is desperate to crawl and is able to get high up on his hands and attempt to move his legs. I am sure it won’t be long. He loves to stand up and will lift each leg as you hold his hands and move across the room.



      Fine Motor
      Samuel is able to reach objects with both hands and has mastered picking up his dummy and putting it in his mouth. He is beginning to clap, though at the moment it is more sporadic rather than on cue. 



      Cognitive 
      Samuel is so nosey (he gets that off me) and shows a real interest in the world around him. He is able to look at and feel objects and loves to play with the tags on things. He is able to put objects down and pick them back up and will shout out if he can’t reach something by himself. Samuel loves to play the ‘throwing toys from the highchair’ game making Mummy and Daddy pick them up. 



      Communication 
      Samuel can be a right chatterbox, babbling and blowing raspberries. He turns his head when he hears a familiar sound and is able to respond to his own name. He gets such a giggle on especially when being tickled or tipped upside down. 

      Social
      Samuel recognises people that are familiar too him and will lean towards them or put out his arms to be picked up. He loves other children and babies and likes to touch them or try and hold their hand. He doesn’t like it when other babies cry though and this often makes him upset. 

      Feeding
      Samuel is breastfeeding, something I love and hope to continue until he is 1. This is still on demand and it works for us. We started weaning just before he turned 5 months old and he has loved it. He now has porridge and a yoghurt for breakfast and a vegetable purรฉe and a fruit purรฉe for lunch. He also takes a formula bottle after his bath each evening. Samuel loves to snack on Kiddylicious wafers or rusks and this usually keeps him entertained whilst we have our evening meal. 



      Sleeping
      Samuel is still sleeping in our bedroom although we have begun some routines to hopefully help with the transition into his own room. Samuel will nap in his own room but is yet to manage over an hour in there without waking. He is on 3/4 naps a day and will really fight sleep if he has missed a nap or is over tired. Samuel has never slept through the night and the 4 month sleep regression saw him waking every couple of hours. Fingers crossed we are coming out the end of that now. Thankfully when he does wake in the night it’s only for 10 minutes at the most and he goes straight back off. 

      So there we go. I am so looking forward to what the next 6 months will bring with our gorgeous little man!