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6-9 Months

How often do I need to clean baby products?


your baby is pretty easily to throw into the tub when she gets messy, but what about the gear that comes with her?

Teaching others to tell your children apart


If you have identical twins, or just fraternal ones who look similar, think of how much trouble you might have telling your little ones apart. Now think about how much trouble OTHER people might have.

How do parenting styles differ throughout the world?


Looking at certain things from a wider angle helps us get a bit of perspective, which is why it's important to sometimes take a step back and consider the grand scheme of things. Parenting styles vary widely, from town to town, state to state, continent to continent. Check out some of the different ways people around the globe bring up baby.

Homemade baby food - where to begin


Making your baby's food is not just for the health-conscious - many moms are choosing it for a variety of reasons, and the first among them is that you know exactly what your baby is eating, and can control the ingredients and quality.

Making sure your home is safe for crawling


You probably don't have a lot of memories from the last time you were a curious crawling baby, so unless you remember those days like they were yesterday, it might be helpful to have a quick refresher on making the house safe for your baby as she gets more mobile.

The bouncing baby


Boing, boing! You might have noticed that your baby has gotten reeeeal bouncy all of a sudden. This is safe, and it also may be a sign of good things to come.

From grabbing to pincer grasp


your baby has started to grasp the concept of, well, grasping! This might sound like a trivial skill, but it's actually going to help your baby for the rest of her life.

Making picture books fun for your 6-month old


There are a hundred different sources that talk about how important it is to read to babies, but sometimes it seems like no one let a few of the squirmy babies in on that information. Picture books can be a great way to bond with a 6-month-old, but for more stubborn babies, it make take a little trial and error to figure out how.

Do babies have taste preferences?


Let's say you love sweet potato chips. Will your baby be born with the same sweet (potato chip) tooth? You might be surprised to learn that taste preferences actually come from a combination of factor, some of which include genetics and repeated exposure to flavors.

What if my baby's teeth are crooked?


If you once had the exquisite pleasure of wearing braces, you might see orthodontia everywhere you look. But when it comes to your baby's teeth now, a little crookedness doesn't necessarily mean anything. In fact, some baby teeth differences mean good things for a future adult smile.

Signs baby is getting ready to start crawling


Babies generally crawl before they walk, but what do they do before they crawl? There are a few signs that most babies give before they take that last (metaphorical) step towards crawling.

Putting the FUN in food


Did your parents ever tell you not to play with your food? Well, sometimes a little play at mealtime is exactly what your baby needs.

What to do when baby hates the car seat


your baby is a little too young to understand the concept of 'safety first,' but that doesn't mean a car seat is negotiable. Before you throw in the towel and decide to buy an old-fashioned buggy to transport your baby around, try some of these tips for helping your baby make friends with the car seat.

It's raining, it's pouring, my baby is snoring


Although snoring in babies is, for the most part, safe, there are a couple things you'll want to watch out for if you hear your baby snoring.

That's so metal: iron in your baby's diet


Good old iron. You can't see it, but every second of the day, it's helping you and your baby survive and thrive, which is why it's important to make sure that your baby is getting enough iron from her food.

Six silly ways to make baby smile


These days, your baby's smiles are less gas-related and more about actual enjoyment. Time to learn some of the best ways to get her grinning.

4 bath time games for baby


Enthusiasm levels for bathtime vary greatly among babies. Whether your baby hates the tub or just can't get enough, bathtime games can make any young child's time in the tub time a little bit more fun.

What is slow parenting?


Some aspects of your parenting style are harder to change than others. One thing that you can try and alter is the pace of your parenting, in an effort to do less and focus more on enjoying the moment. This more laid-back approach to parenting is called 'slow parenting,' and some parents swear by it.

Save these if you plan on having more kids


The only thing worse than having to get rid of the things you don't need anymore is having to get it all back when you realize that you need it again. If you're entertaining the idea of having more kids in the future, it's worth setting aside some time to decide what you want to keep and what can go.

Stages of crawling


It's not like your baby can just get up and crawl any time. The process is pretty complex - this being said, you can definitely be on the lookout for certain signs that she is starting to try!

Helping baby avoid picky eating


Admit it, it's kinda funny to watch your baby spit out food that she doesn't like. But that gets old really quick, for both you and your kitchen floors. Don't take it personally. Just find out why it could be happening, and what you can do to try and fix it.

Napping during an illness


Illnesses can mess up travel plans and dinner plans, but things really start to get tricky when they start to mess with sleeping plans.

Help! My baby's nap patterns are changing


your baby needs a lot less sleep these days, which means it's probably fine to start changing the hours that you have her take naps. As her circadian rhythms get more developed, your baby will be more receptive to this kind of rescheduling.

Post-weaning blues: is it normal?


Just after giving birth isn't the only time hormones and life events can come together to leave new moms feeling a little blue. If you and your baby are weaning, keep an eye out for signs that you may not feel as good about it as you might have hoped.

Your baby's sense of smell


your baby 's nose isn't just the cutest thing ever - it's also highly functional. Right now her sense of smell is one of her most developed senses.

Ways to be productive while working from home


Working at home can be a luxury. It can also be a major challenge! It's going to take some time to find your groove. For now, there are a couple of things to consider regarding the recent merge your workspace magically made with your living space.

An unpleasant but important guide to lice


Unless it was the word that helped you win a spelling bee, you probably don't have a very good association with the word 'lice.' But now that your baby is in the picture, the possibility of lice is, too. What can you do? Learn all you can and try to prevent it, mostly.

Amended birth certificates and your adopted child


For adopted children in the U.S., paperwork has the possibility of getting tricky.

Things to keep out of baby's mouth


Imagine if there were no germs, and everything was clean. That's kind of how your baby sees things, and it's the main reason why she feels okay about stuffing even the grossest objects into her mouth. Toys and socks are nearly unavoidable, but there are some things you'll want to keep far away from your baby's pie hole.

When can I introduce the sippy cup?


Sippy cups: the classic symbol of toddlerhood! When will your baby be ready to make the leap, and how can you help things go as smoothly as possible?

Vacation ideas when you've got a little one


If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, you might have already started thinking about how to plan your next tropical getaway with your baby, and a beach is actually a great destination to take her if you're itching to get some miles under both of your belts. If a beach trip isn't the trip for you though, we have some other ideas for vacations.

Why do babies laugh so much?


If you ever doubted your sense of humor, you probably feel a lot more confident now that your baby is cracking up at everything you say and do. Have you gotten funnier? Or is there another reason why your baby is laughing all the time?

Translating baby talk


You could speak three languages and still not be able to get a full grasp of babyspeak. We can't translate everything that your baby is saying, but we can help clear up some of the more obvious mumbo-jumbo.

What is scooting?


Scooting: all the babies are doing it. Well, not all. But lots do! If your baby starts to scoot, you can be sure that she is at an important stage of motor development.

7 reasons to work yogurt into your baby's diet


your baby is a little too young for art appreciation. But there's another way you can help her get more cultured? Yogurt!

Dealing with separation anxiety


For some, 'sorry' seems to be the hardest word. But for your baby, that word might be goodbye. If your baby has been giving you serious grief every time you try to walk out of the room, she might be experiencing separation anxiety.

7 months old


The seventh month was all about self-discovery, and trying new things, but now it's time to hone those skills and discover the rest of the world!

5 times you wish you had your camera


Back in the day, people would wait for weeks to get a photographer to come and take their picture. Thank goodness pictures have gotten more accessible since then. This said, there will still always be times that you woulda-coulda-shoulda taken a picture.

Educational toys you need


Learning isn't restricted to pencils, backpacks, and books. Toys can also be super helpful for education, and certain toys are more helpful than others.

What is attachment parenting?


Attachment parenting is a style of parenting that you may or may not choose to use, from time to time. Some parents swear by it; others could live without it. If you've never heard about it, it's worth checking out!

5 healthy foods for your baby


All your baby really needs is love . . . well, love and food. Here are five healthy, tasty, and interesting food items that you might not initially have chosen to decorate your baby's plate.

Great games to play with your crawler


When your baby starts crawling, it opens up a whole new world of ways to play - but where to start?

Help! My baby won't sleep through the night


You know that feeling you get when you can't sleep - when you lie in bed and think about how tired you'll be the next day? Yeah, your baby doesn't get that. All that your baby can think about is how awesome being awake is. If this is the case, and your baby just refuses to sleep throughout the night, there are actually a couple of (very legitimate) reasons why this is happening. And fortunately, there are some things you can do about it, too.

To clean the uncleanable


By the time your baby is in elementary school, not even the most gruesome bathroom mess will ruffle your feathers. You'll be a pro at erasing even the most dramatic kitchen disasters. But for now, you might need a little advice regarding how to clean what you previously considered uncleanable.

Mealtime hacks for life with a baby


Sure, you have your own food hacks - the possibilities are endless! Avocados in smoothies, peanut butter in ramen, and cereal instead of breadcrumbs for chicken, to name a few . . . But what about food hacks for your baby?

5 safety tips for bathing with your toddler


Many parents bathe with their children, but before doing so, it's important to keep some tips in mind to keep everybody safe while you're splashing around.

Food allergies vs. food sensitivities


You wouldn't tell someone with severe seasonal allergies that they had an 'autumn sensitivity'! Food allergies and food sensitivities are totally different concepts, and are caused by different mechanisms too.

Fun and games: Story time


your baby may not know what a book is yet, but that doesn't mean she's too young to develop a love of reading!

Preserving your children's distinct personalities


Twins and higher order multiples will often share clothes, food, and your love, but one thing they won't necessarily share is their personalities. Sure, there could be some similarities, but even when it comes to multiples, every child is different.

Dressing a baby for the different seasons


You know how the wrong outfit can just ruin your day? your baby might feel the same way, even if she doesn't have much of a fashion sense yet.

What makes somebody a "good" parent?


You know when you come home at the end of a long day, look in the mirror, and realize there's something in your teeth? Some new parents find themselves feeling this way about their parenting skills, too. Are they doing a good job, or making some glaringly obvious mistake? If this thought is causing you concern, then we have some good news for you.

Does this mean baby is a lefty?


Lefties are rare, majestic creatures, and it can be hard to wait to find out if your baby is going to fly in their special flock.

Making parent friends


The kinds of friends we have tend to change as we go through different stages of life. It's not good or bad - it just is what it is! Here are some tips to help propel you into the parent-friend atmosphere.

3 bedtime routines from parents like you


Every family needs to find the key to the bedtime routine on their own, but that doesn't mean you can't steal a few cues from tried and true routines!

Arts and crafts projects to do with your little one


Saliva-dor Dali, Vincent van Goo Goo, Leonardo da Binky . . . is your baby the next great paint master? Try some of these projects with her to find out.

Should I stop baby from thumb-sucking?


Thumb-sucking: cutest thing ever, or a habit that needs to be broken soon? It's totally natural yet many parents have mixed feelings about it. No matter where you stand, it can't hurt to learn more.

7 tips for stopping nighttime feedings


There are a lot of suggestions floating around about when and how to stop nighttime feedings. Don't worry - we can't tell you what's right for you and your baby, because only you two know that. But we can give you some tips for when you start thinking about it!

Protecting your baby from bee stings


There's a time and place to meet a real live queen. And that time and place is you and your baby's first trip to England - not your first expedition through the backyard. Just because bees sustain most of the life on this planet doesn't mean you want your baby near them or their stingers. Here's how to be prepared for your baby's first exposure to those fuzzy honeys.

5 common fears every parent shares


Remember when you were a kid, and you ran up the stairs at night to escape the monster that was maybe-probably-definitely behind you? You may have thought you were the only one who did that, but it turns out that's a common experience. Sometimes it's nice to know you're not alone in your fears, especially when it comes to monsters. And parenting. Turns out there are a lot of common fears among parents, too.

Baby's sleep and daylight savings time


We're all a little grumpy around daylight savings time. Fortunately there are a couple different ways you can try and help your baby adjust to the inevitable shift.

6 similarities between babies and superheroes


your baby isn't completely ready to fight crime, but you'd be surprised at what she has in common with some of your favorite extraordinary gentlemen and women.

When can my baby have cow's milk?


your baby is already drinking a certain kind of milk, so why not a cow's? There's actually a legitimate health risk about giving a baby cow's milk before his or her body is ready. Before you think about making the switch, find out why and when you can safely make the jump.

Let's come up with a new definition of "clean"


One day it will be possible to ask your baby to clean up after herself. Today is not that day! For at least the next few months, it might be really helpful to think about what clean means in a home with a newborn.

8 things we can learn from our babies


Keep your eyes peeled - now that your baby's here, you've got some lessons coming your way!

Spotting healthy baby snacks


Are your baby's snacking habits starting out on a healthy foot?

8 months old


Even if your baby likes to live on the wild side, it should always be safety first for you. And with all of the added mobility that comes with learning to scoot, creep, or crawl, it's probably time to give your babyproofing another look.

Helping your child establish healthy eating habits


Learning healthy eating habits is a long process, but now is the perfect time for your baby to start.

Helping your child establish healthy eating habits


Learning healthy eating habits is a long process, but now is the perfect time for your baby to start.

Hosting a stress-free party


your baby is all the social life you need . . . kinda. Actually, it might be nice to be around some people who can actually eat and poop on their own. Here are some things to think about regarding parties with your baby in the picture.

Hosting a stress-free party


your baby is all the social life you need . . . kinda. Actually, it might be nice to be around some people who can actually eat and poop on their own. Here are some things to think about regarding parties with your baby in the picture.

7 things to remind yourself when you're having "one of those days"


There's no such thing as perfect - not even this list! We're sure you have your own ways of comforting yourself when you're having one of those days. No matter what, it's important to remind yourself that you're doing the absolute best you can, and that's pretty great.

The beginning of fear


We think of fear as a bad thing, but it can actually be a pretty handy quality to have - it keeps us relatively safe and rational, after all. As your baby's parent, there are some ways you can help your baby develop a healthy sense of fear.

When do babies need their own rooms?


your baby is a little too young to be able to vocalize when she's ready to make the switch to a different room. So it looks like this decision will be left in your capable hands. Before you make any significant furniture rearrangements, consider the move from all angles (corners?).

Spoon feeding or self feeding? The pros and cons of baby-led weaning


Parenting requires a lot of pros-versus-cons decisions. Ultimately, you'll choose the best decision for your family, but it doesn't hurt to weigh all the options when the jury's out on a certain call. Weaning is a perfect example of this - it's not a totally intuitive or obvious process. When deciding how to wean your baby you may want to look over some of the positives and negatives of the baby-led style of weaning.

3 things you won't realize until your baby is older


Hindsight is 20/20. Here's your own sneak-peek into the future.

What's the best way to switch childcare providers?


There are lots of reasons why you'd change your baby's childcare. No matter the circumstances, there are a couple of things that you can do to help things go as smoothly as possible.

6 reasons why you're a great parent


Here's a list you might not regularly make, but it's as important as your daily to-do list. Taking some time out of your day to think about the positive effects that parenting is having on you will help you appreciate parenting - and yourself! - in real-time. And there's no time like the present, right?

Should I carry baby facing in or out?


To see or not to see? That is, should your baby be facing you or the world as the two of you go on future excursions? That really is the question with baby carriers. And the answer to this question isn't so simple.

When can babies start feeding themselves?


You're not the only one who might want your baby to start feeding herself - she might want to, as well! There is a timeline for these things though, and your baby will do best if she practices first.

Convincing a baby to take their medicine


A lot of parents struggle to convince their children to take medicine. If your baby is standing her ground when it comes to taking medicine, there are some time-honored traditions that you can try.

Cross-crawling - the fine art of putting one knee in front of the other


The amount of effort that goes into certain everyday behaviors really is incredible if you stop to think about it. One such movement is cross-crawling in babies, which is kind of like the adult equivalent of patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time - simple-sounding, but tricky, and impressive once you get it right. your baby might be starting to cross-crawl, and if so, that's a pretty big deal!

5 ways your children will have totally different childhoods than you did


your baby won't have to walk to school uphill both ways, in the rain and snow. How else will her childhood differ from yours?

Foods that will make your child totally forget about baby cereal


We know what you're thinking: how could any baby forget about cereal? The answer: these recipes.

When do babies develop circadian rhythms?


Just because you can't see circadian rhythms, doesn't mean they're not happening. And they're happening, all right. The real question is when, and if it's possible to help these rhythms along.

Blast from the past: parenting tips from the 1930s


Some things have changed since the 1930s. Some things haven't. In the same sense, some parenting advice has stayed and some has gone right in the trash. You might be surprised to see what parenting advice was circulating in the '30s.

Why are some babies bowlegged?


Noticing that their baby is bowlegged can be a sour note on the otherwise sweet frosting of a parent's 'baby's first steps' cake. But if your baby looks like she has bowed legs, it doesn't necessarily mean there's a problem - in fact, there's a biological reason why they might look that way.

Help! My baby won't self-feed


Some babies just wanna be fed. If you're worried about your baby not being able to self-feed, or simply having no desire to do so, it could help to read a little bit about the differences among babies and ways that you can nudge the process along.

5 reasons to do a parent-baby music class


Are you trying to encourage your baby to become a young Mozart? Or do you just want the soft tinkling sounds of a piano in the background as she grows up? No matter what your intentions are, enrolling in a parent-baby music class can help you bond with your baby and jump-start her knowledge of a very valuable skill.

Minimizing the mealtime mess


If it's starting to feel like you should be hosing the kitchen down after a meal, you're not alone - and there may be a few things you can do to keep the mess down to a manageable level.

"So, what does it do?": helping family and friends bond with your baby


Not everyone is a baby person, but there are probably plenty of non-baby-people in your life who'd love to get to know YOUR baby - as long as you're willing to give them a few pointers.

Helping baby play nice with pets


your baby may love her favorite furry friend, but that doesn't mean she knows the best - or safest - way to play with your family pet. Lucky for your baby, she has you to help her out.

When do babies start pulling up?


When was the last time you did a pull-up? The kind your baby is going to be doing soon requires a lot less upper-body strength, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have to work just as hard to get there.

Fun, healthy popsicles to make at home


There's nothing like hearing the ice cream truck coming, but sometimes, making your own, homemade treats can be even more fun, not to mention healthier.

How fast do babies grow out of shoes?


your baby's tiny toes get a little bit less tiny every day, and as she gets closer to using those little piggies, and the feet they're attached to, for transportation, keeping them protected from the ground and the weather becomes more and more important.

Stages of silverware use


your baby probably won't have perfect table-manners from the moment she first sits at a table - for one thing, using silverware is a skill that can take some time to develop.

Alternate uses for discarded baby names


Recycling is in, right? Instead of throwing out the baby names you didn't end up using, consider enlisting them for a new and exciting second life in one of these ways.

Helping babies eat on their own


your baby may not be ready for a solo-hike into the mountains yet, but she is more independent now than she has ever been before, and she just might be ready to try feeding herself.

Bedtime when your baby starts pulling up to stand


Your little one's growing physical abilities are a marvel, but when that marvel starts to get in the way of bedtime, it's easy to get frustrated.

Making sure you can tell your multiples' baby pictures apart


Each of your children is special and unique...but babies do sure tend to look alike, especially those who are identical. There's no shame in using a few strategic methods to tell your multiples apart in the early days.

Twins and mysterious connections


You've probably heard stories about twins finishing each other's sentences, but is this luck, experience, or something else?

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