This baby is intent on wriggling out of every situation
she encounters. One day she is sitting happily playing in
the high chair, and the very next day, you just turn away
for a second and baby is standing on the seat or wriggling
out the back. It’s pretty nerve wracking for parents,
and vigilance needs to be superb. Babies are almost completely
fearless and without the smallest scrap of common sense.
They rely on you completely to keep them safe, and to ensure
that their environment is as risk free as humanly possible.
You may find yourself yearning for that sweet quiet six
month old baby who stayed put in the same spot! Those days
are gone, and you need to put your energy into creating
a safe space. Consider plug covers, cupboard safety catches,
safety gates on stairs and outside doors. Have a good look
at your home and try and identify the dangers before baby
does. Also be aware that the cot which kept baby so safe
and cosy, can become dangerous if the sides are too low
to keep this active little person restrained. It is not
unusual to meet someone whose baby fell out the cot head
first. It’s a horrible shock for all concerned, so
be vigilant. Some cots have the facility to raise the sides.
Otherwise you may have to consider other sleeping arrangements.
Despite the very limited vocabulary, this is a very skilled
communicator. Doubtless this baby has trained you to know
what many of her sounds mean, and is also skilled at gesturing
her needs. In fact the better baby has you trained, the
less incentive there is to actually learn words. Your job
in encouraging speech is vital at this point. Even though
it can be exhausting to talk all the time, make sure that
you chat away to baby all the time, labelling the things
you see, and calling baby by her name to ensure that she
gets a strong sense of her name belonging to her. Try and
establish a dialogue with baby and listen carefully to the
answers you get. Mostly it will be unintelligable, but occasionally
there will be an answer you understand, and that can be
an exciting event! Reading stories to baby is becoming more
and more fun, as baby starts to enjoy the stories more and
more and to participate and get excited. This is an activity
that has so many benefits, that you should encourage it
as much as possible.