Week Twenty Nine
You may have noticed several months ago when you pulled your baby to a standing position in your lap, she was unable to take her own weight with her legs. Without sufficient muscle development, her legs buckled and collapsed under her. Now, after months of strengthening those muscles through play, your baby will be able to bear her own weight - a very important step forward on the road to walking.
Be warned though: your baby will be pretty pleased with this new party trick and you may find that she suddenly resists sitting or even lying down. Standing may suddenly become her preferred method of hanging around at home - and this will be murder on your back!
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Testing your authority
It's true - babies as young as seven months can start testing you and your limits. After months of being (more or less) happy to go with the flow, he could become more wilful. This is when your long-lasting relationship with the word 'no' begins! Your baby isn't trying to disobey you, but instead is more interested in pursuing the activities that have caught his interest. And no matter how many times you say 'no' when he watches the contents of his sippy cup dribble out onto the carpet, he'll persist with the activity (because it's fun) until you physically remove him or he gets tired of the game - whichever comes first. The best strategy at this age is to distract him from the activity - his memory is so short that within a few minutes of protestation he'll have forgotten his outrage.
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Your baby may be well into toddler-hood before she can make herself and her needs understood. And long after she has a handful of words in her vocabulary, her desire to express herself will outstrip her ability to communicate verbally, which can result in tremendous frustration and some spectacular tantrums! To avoid these meltdowns as much as possible, it's a great idea to lay the groundwork for communication with your baby early on. Talk to her as you go about your day together, point out things that she can see and label objects for her. You may find that she tries to mimic the sounds that you're making, so repeat your words and give her lots of praise for her efforts. Ask her questions, and then wait a moment before giving her the answer (this will teach her about the give and take of conversation).
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This article was written by Linda Drummond for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz