The First Year of Life 6 to 9 Months

There is a lot of learning going on. Baby continues to grow and gain weight. His feeding/wake schedule may change because he has hit a growth spurt and he is hungry. Ask your medical provider when to begin to introduce solid foods. It is also during this time baby begins to teethe. This could affect his appetite and his sleep routine. Most babies this age are starting to crawl, You might be surprised at how be maneuvers himself about.

Safety – If you have not yet taken a floor level search of your home – now is the time! Do you have safety plugs in unused outlets? Tie up blind cords.
Where do you keep cleaning supplies? Can they be moved to an upper cabinet? Cabinet locks and “bumper pads” for sharp corners on your list? What about stairs? Need a safety gate? Emergency information on your
phone is great, but what if something happens and you do not have the
phone or are unable to use it? Please create an emergency information sheet. List on this sheet emergency contact numbers, medical provider contact, any medications baby is taking, Dad’s work number and maybe even the number of a neighbor who would help in an emergency. Keep this in a protective plastic sheet on the fridge.

Teething – Babies may begin to teethe between 4 to 7 months, some later.
Teething may be painful, but it doesn’t usually make baby sick. Contact
your healthcare provider if baby has diarrhea, vomiting, rashes on the body, a high fever, or cough and congestion. These are not normal signs of teething. www.webmd.com
* Researching on teething information I learned that the liquid filled teethers, and teething necklaces should not be used. Numbing gel products,
containing benzocaine like “orajel” should not be used on children under two years of age. Learn more at www.mouthhealth.org a web sight of the American Dental Association.

Baby is learning ways to get from one place to another. He is curious and eager to explore. He may crawl, scoot and pull to a stand. He will look for a toy that is hidden. He can drop things intentionally to see what happens. He is also watching your response to this activity. *Remember this activity is developmentally appropriate for this time period.

Stranger Anxiety – Your baby now understands the difference between you and a stranger. You can help baby get comfortable. Baby will watch you for cues, show how him that you like and trust the new person.

Separation Anxiety – Your baby will likely cry when you leave to persuade you to stay. I encourage you not to sneek away. Tell baby good=bye and that you will be back to get him, then leave. If you are concerned you can always call the caregiver to check on baby. I encouraged parents to have a picture of themselves and tape it to a spot baby can see.

Stress – It is important to understand that babies are tuned in to our feelings. They know when we are happy or upset. Even if baby is asleep
angry voices and conflict can raise stress levels of babies as young as 6 months.

God Bless you and this young life you are caring for.

Trudy

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This is an invitation to join with me as I share with families the Importance of their role as the foundation for happy, healthy children. Children do not come with an instruction manual. Every child is a unique individual with temperamental characteristics that are theirs alone. It is my desire to spend the remainder of my years delivering an understanding of child development into homes with children. I bring compassion along with a depth of hands on experience and education. I want to offer encouragement to caregivers of young children. The tools I will use will be varied and fun. Your support means I can be there for others and you will be a part of my work.My heart and my home will be open via the internet. I will share my love of my husband of 50 years, my son and my home. A strong foundation of education and years of working with young children and their families will enable me to outreach with understanding. The format of all my offerings will be love. As I developed my lesson plans while teaching, I will plan in co-ordination with the seasons and holidays. The range of my interests is vast, but all will be offered with joy!

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  • Christian wife of 50 years
  • Retired from Healthy Families Lower Shore serving as home visitor to families living on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland
  • Experience presenting “Growing Great Kids” curriculum
  • Experience presenting “Parents as Teachers” curriculum
  • Opened and directed a Christian Child Care center
  • Preschool Teacher of children aged 2 to 5 years.

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  • Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Recognition and Certification of Achievement Maryland Child Care Credential Level Five

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  • Fabric arts including quilting, hand-spinning, applique, crochet and sewing
  • Baking and cooking
  • Mountain dulcimer
  • Reading including my Bible, mysteries and love inspired suspense

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The gift of reading

Tuesday, December 11th

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Today I share with you my love of reading.  In elementary school we were loaned slim poetry books and inside I found that ordinary every day words could be manipulated in the most delightful ways.  Mud-luscious and puddle wonderful became part of a springrain.  I could see the young colt running his little hooves miniature thunder when the first snow fell. It was truly wonderful.

As a young mom we moved many times, I always took Patrick to the library to help us settle into a new spot.  The important thought here is that we both borrowed books.  My love of the written word was nurtured at the library.  I could not wait to share Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings and Robert Louis Stevenson with Patrick.  I did not learn of the value of sharing this passion until after he was grown, and I went to college at 40 years of age.  As I studied early childhood development, I learned about a child’s brain development and how the brain focuses on specific areas of development at specific times.  As a child grows so does his brain and brain connections are made.  Repetition is how a connection is soldered.

Know a child who wants the same story read to him over and over?  That is a good example. The more connections that can be made the more a child learns.  Those connections that are not made are lost.  A good example is language ability.  Patrick had hearing problems so he was substituting word sounds.  A speech therapist was able to help him.  The window for language development was still open. If more time had passed and he had not received the needed help this would have been more difficult and possibly affected his speech.

Lynda was my best friend for 40 years.  We were new brides and new moms at the same time.  Lynda bought beautiful books for her son and took him to the library.  Lynda an her hubby both read to their son each night.  This did not have the results they had hoped for. Their son did not enjoy reading.

Patrick was taken to the library and he too was read to. Reading became a lifetime passion.  What was different?  We now know that reading to a child is important, but a child seeing the important adults in his life reading makes a tremendous difference!  My dear friend and her hubby never read.  At home Patrick saw Grand Pop reading the National Geographic and the newspaper, and both his parents read.

This is a gift only you can give.  It will last a lifetime and provide adventure, learning and the gift of understanding and beauty. Read with, read to, and grow in wisdom together.
Joy!  Trudy

Resources:

Tickles, Lovies, Bounces, Fingerplays, Movement Games and World Rhymes www.piercecountylibrary.org

“We Are in A Book” by Mo Will (Hyperion Books for Children)

“Hand Shadows to Be Thrown Upon the Wall” by Henry Bursill (Dover Publication)

“Rhymes About Us” by Marchette Chute (E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.

“Mousekin Books” by Edna Miller (Prentice-Hall Inc)

“The Golden Treasury of Poetry” (Golden Press) (Western Publishing Company, Inc.)

“How to Find Flower Fairies” (Warner Publishing)

Books by Jan Brett  (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
www.janbrett.com