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All through our first year as parents, we have been amazed at how quickly things have kept changing with Shona! Her growth and development in the first year is unbelievable (as with all babies). It’s a wonderful time for the parents to observe and understand how babies learn behaviors and pick up various skills. There are some amazing fun moments and some really peculiar behaviors that babies display during this period that are at once – endearing and annoying (some of these behaviors are downright wicked – as most new parents will agree). Here’s a fun take on some of these behaviors and what I think could be going on in babies’ minds.
Baby wants to taste: Baby is crawling or walking around the house, looking for things to do. Suddenly, baby spots a speck – a tiny little thing mommy missed while cleaning the room or there is some new object that baby hasn’t got the chance to explore yet. Baby goes for it immediately, picks it up with their newly found skills and in that goes in their tiny mouths.
What’s baby thinking – Wow – what’s that new thing I see? Man does that looking amazing! I need to find out what that is. I am going to taste it – it looks so yummy! ;)
Play safe - parents: Babies this age learn from exploring and tasting stuff around them is part of the learning process. Baby proof your home and keep hazardous or sharp stuff out of their reach and provide them with a safe haven to explore and enjoy their exploration.
Baby wants milk: Baby has just woken up from a good night sleep and is understandably hungry. All is going on well till - baby sees momma with her glass / bottle of milk. All hell breaks loose now – depending on the baby’s age you can expect a whole lot of impatient crying or non-stop : ‘dudh dudh dudh’ or ‘milk milk milk’ with their eyes fixed on the glass or bottle in momma’s hand. Mommy dearest is trying her best to cool down the milk or heat it so it’s the right temperature, at the same trying to reason with the baby.