Millennial+Married started as a pregnancy diary and is now a parenthood/lifestyle diary. I mainly post about Baby Zay (who is due an update post because he has grown so much!), but will expand to include: my nursing school journey, vegan journey, a little travel, and local eateries (we love supporting small businesses ❤).
Today’s post is about our baby’s upcoming six-month Peds appointment.
Our questions and concerns include: solid foods introduction, teething expectations, vaccine schedule, and his physical/mental development.
During Zay’s last check up, we learned the signs that indicate he is ready for solids. Neck strength is one definite sign. The Pediatrician assessed Zay by laying him down, placing his hands together, and pulled him up. At the time, his head did flop back a little which indicated that he wasn’t quite ready so his Pediatrician recommended we just feed him based on cue because he was not ready for solids.
It has been two months since Zay’s last Peds visit. Now, he is able to keep his neck straight and head up when pulled forward. So, I gave him a little rice cereal in his bottle and he drank it down with no issues. Now, I’m curious about when Zay can start eating from a bowl. We so excited to buy a cute high chair 😄.
Zay has been teething for two months now. He drools alot and sometimes his gums bother him, but his teeth have yet to erupt. He was born five weeks early so teeth eruption could be delayed. I want to ask about maintenance of his teeth when they do erupt.
He is due a few vaccines, including his first flu shot.
We do our parts as parents to ensure Zay is coming along in his development, especially since his was born early. We understand that premature babies, on average, catch up by the age of two. Still, we strive for our son to be the best that he can be and meet or come close to meeting his milestones.
Our son was referred to Babies Can’t Wait because he was born early and spent time in the NICU. BCW’s role is to perform developmental assessments to check for any delays in meeting milestones and provide interventions if necessary. I’m excited and relieved that he passed his assessment with flying colors! That means all of our daily activities are working very well on him and he does not need any interventions.
Today’s post discusses simple ways we encourage our son’s cognitive and physical development through play activities.
Tummy time helps to strengthen many muscles throughout a baby’s body. It helps with other skills such as crawling, rolling, sitting, etc.
Everyday, Baby Zay performs tummy time on his Little Einstein activity mat for as long as he can tolerate it. He started as soon as he came home from the hospital with two to five minute sessions and now he can last up to an hour. While your child is performing tummy time, you want to remain present to monitor your baby and intervene when neccessary.
High Contrast Books
High contrast books supports young eye development. The simple lines and bold patterns are easier for babies to see.
We read to Baby Zay daily and point at the pictures. The goal is to support his eye development as well as attentional focus.
We use the rattle during play time because it helps with eye development and focus as well.
Baby Zay is able to focus on an object and watch its movement.
Wrist + Sock Rattles
Baby Zay loves these! The sound excites him and encourages him to move his arms and legs.
Our baby boy was discharged from the NICU a couple of days ago. Although it was a joyus occasion, Hubby and I were very nervous because we didn’t have his monitoring system or RN to assist us anymore. Moreover, Hubby and I spent most of the day bonding with him just as we’ve done while he was in the NICU. We followed the same care routine as well by checking his temperature and changing his diaper before feeding him.
At night, we found ourselves staying up late holding baby boy because he refused to sleep in his bassinet. Every time we tried to lay him down to sleep he would cry. We decided to exchange the bassinet for another model because he seems to hate the one he has now.
It seems like yesterday that my OBGYN confirmed my pregnancy and we (Hubby and I) heard baby’s first heart beat. Now, I’ve entered my third trimester and I’m thankful to have made it thus far; considering my rough first trimester. During my first trimester, I was put on temporary leave from work due to an extreme case of nausea and fatigue. My second trimester was plagued with the worse ligament pain I’ve ever experienced.
Moreover, my third and final trimester has been the easiest on me physically. No nausea and the ligament pain is less frequent. I can feel our baby kicking, turning, and rolling everyday; it brings me much joy.