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Monday, 25 January 2016

The perils of a mobile baby

The perils of a mobile baby: What to do with a baby that can't keep still
I'll come clean. As a first time mum, I was naive.

I wasn't 'my baby does x because I'm a perfect parent' naive or 'I'll never give my child a dummy and they'll only eat organic vegetables and never tantrum in public' naive. I wasn't that kind of arsehole (I hope), but I did not appreciate how good I had it.

Not sleep wise; she was a shocker for getting and staying asleep. However once she was past the newborn phase and her silent reflux was successfully medicated, my daughter was a textbook baby. She hit every physical milestone precisely when she should have. I'd get an email from my handy child-rearing app telling me 'this week, your baby may sit up for the first time!' and as if she was receiving them too, she would. She sat up around six months. She was rolling around a bit before then, and learned to crawl somewhere between eight and ten months (yea, not the best at recording milestones, me). She took her first steps on her first birthday. I remember that one. It was at soft play. The bounciest, most sensible place for one to attempt first steps. 

She was average in the very best sense of the word. 

My second baby, however, makes her look like a slug. 

He was born channelling Sparta, I should have known I was doomed.
Cute baby channelling sparta
Born able to roll on to his side, it was not long before he was going all the way over. And then back. And then using this method to get himself across the room. At about four months, he started sitting up with no support. He turned six months and off he went, crawling across the carpet towards wires, choking hazards, anything that has been dropped accidentally and of course, the bin. Since then I have been constantly removing things from his mouth and I have no idea where he got them.

He has since worked on sitting himself up and pulling himself up, firstly against the sides of his cot, then on everything else. He's now six and a half months and he has decided that the next challenge is cruising around on the furniture and climbing over anything in his way, including the sides of the bath seat which happily contained the toddler safely for many months.

This dedication to learning to become mobile is admirable...

However it's severely testing my nerves. For this reason I've had to build a cage. 

I mean play pen, it's a play pen.
baby on the move at 6 months
The toddler did not need to be locked away. She would sit, happily, playing with her toys with a remarkable level of concentration. She still does now. I could go for a wee knowing that she was unlikely to concuss herself on a singing potty or find a piece of masking tape to chew on.

However, he does not like to be caged. Unlike his ridiculously independent and sensible sister, he is not happy to entertain himself for more than a few minutes. If he's silent, he's probably chewing on a charger cable. 

He wants to be on things
Baby climbing over a stool
... in things 
Baby climbing under a stool
...and up against things. 
Baby cruising on playpen
Mainly whilst shouting. You can see the grim determination, and the happiness spread across his face when he achieves something like pulling himself up on a precarious piece of toddler sized furniture. He just wants to be running around with his big sister and sooner rather than later if that's OK with you.

Of course, at six and a half months the kid knows no fear.

By the time my daughter could walk, she had a bit of sense in her - as much as any one year old anyway. A walking baby of eight or nine months is my deepest fear. My daughter would, and still does, hold hands happily. I had reins but never needed to use them. I think the baby is going to need a full collar and lead soon. 

Naturally there is a certain sense of pride when your child hits any milestone. He's my super baby and he's just so amazed by life he wants to do it all NOW. I just can't help but wish sometimes that he'd put more effort into other skills, such as sleeping maybe, or being a baby and not a mountain goat, or perhaps sitting still. Even if just for five minutes so I can pee in peace.

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16 comments:

  1. For ages I was encouraging my daughter to crawl. Then one day I saw the light and realised how great sitting her in one place and leaving her is. So I have stopped all efforts to get her mobile. I love the Sparta pic. #ChuckleMums

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  2. Love this. I remember with my first willing her to roll and sit. But then I couldn't leave her on the bed while I had a wee for fear she'd roll off. And I had to get stairgates so she didn't roll down the stairs (which she did do once!). Making the most of a poppy being able to say put at the moment!! It won't last much longer!! #chucklemums

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    1. Now he's running around I have to drink twice the amount of wine.

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  3. That is just a classic newborn photo!! Trouble a-brewing. My second baby was walking at 10 months... it actually looked odd watching this tiny baby walking around. Good luck. #chucklemums

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    1. He's always been a cutie. I might be bias.
      Yes mine too, just before 10 months he took his first steps and he has only just reached 9kg at over 11m so he is a teeny tiny tearaway!

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  4. Your photos are brilliant! And wow, he really was mobile early (I'm taking my time). Mother always says she can't wait to get me moving...I have a feeling she may regret it once I do. Also, loving the 'cage' ;) x #chucklemums

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    1. You should make your parents get you one ;)

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  5. Oh this is so true. They know no fear, they no know nothing and you chase behind them because you know all these things. I love the Sparta pic too :)

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    1. Today he climbed the stairs in the two seconds it took me to put toast in the toaster. Daddy caught him at the top. I'm in trouble now ;)

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  6. My two are exactly the same. The eldest was relatively serene and still. The youngest is a terror. A complete terror. He's now 16 months and soft play is horrendous! He has no fear and tears around into other calm, unsuspecting toddlers. Hopefully he'll be less 'into everything' soon - I'm being naive now aren't i?! #chucklemums

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    1. Er... Let's be naive together and say yes

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  7. Your photos did make me smile. That babyhood phase is soooooo short although at the time it's aaaagggggeeeeessss. My son bum shuffled until he was nearly 18 months old before walking(and really went places -without carpet burns amazingly!) I think if they want to they just get on with being mobile any which way and how. #chucklemums

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    1. I love a bum shuffler. I've seen kids do it at such speed. Always fun to watch!

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  8. Ahhh yes, we do have similar aged boys! I think it might be a boy thing. since adding my post to this, he's fallen down 2 steps and off the toddler bed. Unscathed, but I'm like what the *** every time! We can just hope common sense will instil eventually! #chucklemums

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    1. Haha I don't know, I'm pretty sure some of the middle aged men I know don't have much common sense either to be fair...

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