Another month, another motherhood update for you guys! It’s just crazy how fast time flies. I now understand why so many fellow mama’s kept warning me to cherish every second, as they grow up so quickly! Rio has really done a big leap from 6 to 7 months, and it’s so fun and rewarding seeing a proper personality develop (with early tantrums and all!). Scroll on down for Rio’s new routine, weaning, sleep update, new activities, supplements, toys and gadgets we love, and lots more…
Rio’s 7-Month Routine
So since we started weaning over a month ago, Rio’s routine has naturally changed quite a bit. The sleep, playtime and milk feeds have roughly stayed the same (except for one dropped milk feed), with the addition of breakfast, lunch and dinner. So all in all, Rio now has 4 milk feeds and 3 solid meals in total every day.
Current Day Time Schedule:
7am – Wake & milk feed
7.30am – Light morning playtime
8am – Breakfast
8.30am – Light morning playtime
9am – Sleep (anything from 45min – 2 hours). Often in his nursery.
11am – Milk feed
11.30 – Playtime
12pm – Lunch
12.30am – Playtime
13pm – Sleep (anything from 45min – 2 hour). Often in his pram, out and about.
3pm – Milk feed
3.30pm – 5pm – Playtime
5pm – Cat nap (30 minutes max). This nap is either in pram or in his nursery.
5.30pm – Dinner
6pm – Light play time in his nursery, with nappy free time. Followed by bath time & baby massage.
7pm – Final milk feed
7.15pm/7.30pm – Sleep (in his nursery)
The next step is eventually cutting out the 5pm cat nap (which occasionally he doesn’t always need), as well as cutting another milk feed (aiming for the 11am one).
I’m happy to report that Rio’s started sleeping through (most of the time)! It’s not been every single night (as he’s been teething so badly), but most night’s from around 7pm, right until 5.30-7am. I can’t even explain what it feels like suddenly getting 7-8 hours sleep. It’s like I’m a new person! But it’s still quite sporadic; one week it’s just about every night, and then it jumps back to one waking a night for a week. But it’s so much better than what it was, and I really can’t blame him when he’s now waking up from the exruciating teething pain (bless him). I’m currently alternating between Calpol and Nurofen for pain relief when it gets really bad (although I’m a bit reluctant giving him this too much, with so much conflicting advice circulating at the moment). I’m also giving him Nelsons Teething Granules as well as Bonjela Teething Gel – both of which I’m never really sure if actually work, but I give them a go anyways. And then lots of cooling fruit and vegetable sticks, such as watermelon, cucumber, apple and carrot, as well as popping his teethers in the freezer (he loves this).
Breastfeeding & Bottle Update
Firstly, thank you to everyone who so kindly have reached out with advice after reading about Rio refusing the bottle at 4 months. I am however pleased to let you know that he finally takes the bottle (just days after I published last months post!). The bottle we managed to crack it with, was the Philips Avent bottle, and the key seemed to make sure the milk was really warm. I can’t even begin to say how relieved I was after he inhaled nearly 200ml the first time… I was pretty upset when he suddenly started to refuse the bottle a few months back, as it naturally puts so much more pressure on me (as well being unable to leave him with anyone else). My top advice? Don’t give up, and just continue to persevere every day so the baby gets used to it. I know – a lot of wasted milk and effort, but so worth it in the end!
We’ve been in full swing with weaning for over 5 weeks now, and so far it’s going pretty well. Fortunately Rio likes his food (most of the time), and there’s nothing we’ve tried he doesn’t really like, so it’s been pretty straight forward (albeit super messy). He does occassionally get distracted, agitatiated or impatient during feeding, so sometimes it’s been a bit of a battle, but I try not to force anything in him and (try) to stay as calm as possible (not always the case though). As mentioned last time, the plan was initially to do BLW (baby led weaning), but when it came to it, I felt more comfortable doing a more balanced approach, combining spoon fed (pureed and mashed food) together with finger food.
So far, it’s mainly been spoon feeding, as it’s only in the last few weeks he’s got to grips with holding the food and managing to feed himself. And except for fruit purees, I have mainly been mashing and lightly blending his food instead of pure puree, so he get’s more used to more thicker consistency. In terms of recipes, I picked up Annabel Karmel’s Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner, and although it’s a very classic weaning staple with quite simple recipes, I found it quite useful when I just got started. I also downloaded Ella’s Kitchen App as a guidance in the beginning (also quite basic) and have been using trusted Google, Pinterest and various Instagram accounts to search for more inspiring recipe ideas.
So far I haven’t started feeding him what we eat yet, as I wanted to give myself a few months to get to grips with the weaning before I began this. But obviously it will make life a lot easier, saving on so much time – so my goal in the next month is to start cooking up meals without any salt (herbs and some spices are fine) and then just saving a portion for Rio… I’ll let you know how that goes.
In terms of what I’m feeding him: a lot of root vegetables (he loves sweet potato and butternut squash), carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, swede, courgette, beans, potato, cucumber, avocado, chickpeas, baby pasta, tofu, sweetcorn, tomato, lentils, oats, weetabix, unsalted rice cakes, apple, pear, banana, melon, milk, kefir, goats milk yoghurt, chicken, fish (salmon, cod and tinned sardines). The only thing I haven’t fed him yet is egg, as I’m so nervous about an allergy, so will be attempting this next month, and blueberries is the only thing he’s actually been sick from (so giving that a break too).
As Rio suffered from Tonsillitis after our Dubai holiday and sadly had to go on 10-day course of Antibiotics (gutted about this), I made sure I got him some good quality Probiotics, to build up his gut flora in his little stomach again. A friend recommended the brand BioCare, and after calling them up and explaining the situation, they recommended the Baby Infantis Powder – which I’ve been giving to him on a daily basis, mixed in with his food (often his breakfast). I also picked up some vitamin drops for him, and have been using the Baby A, C, D Plus Drops, also from BioCare. On top of this, for some extra probiotic goodness, I’ve been giving him a few teaspoons of live kefir (cultured goats milk) from Chuckling Goat every morning. I personally rely on kefir for my own gut health, so it’s no doubt a brilliant substitute for a baby’s health too.
7-Months Activities & Playtime
Since last month’s update, Rio has become crazy strong and even more active! He can now sit up on his own, rolls and moves around loads, and has even starting to pull himself up a bit. I did think a few weeks back that he would be crawling any day, but I’m actually relieved he hasn’t yet, as I’ll have to start baby proofing the house and get a play pen pretty fast! We’re working on balancing his standing and walking skills, whilst supporting him, but as he’s quite heavy, this is the one thing we’re not quite there with yet (I’m also not strong enough to do it for a long time on my own – 10kg is pretty heavy!). I’m sure we will get there soon though, although there is no pressure on it – I’m still enjoying this period where I can still actually get chores done, without worrying about him crawling or running around…
We’ve got some new new baby sensory toys from vtech (the best for it) – including the Moosical Beads Cow, Stack and Discover Rings & My 1st Car Key Rattle. Great new additions to his ever growing toy collection, to continue to develop and grow his sensory skills.
We’ve also finally invested in a gorgeous ball pit from one of my favourite online children stores, Scandiborn. Made from soft grey foam, with black, white and grey balls, Rio is obsessed with it! And now that he can sit up unsupported, I feel happy pottering around whilst he’s in it. It’s great watching him managing to hold and throw the balls, and no doubt great for his development as well (and a bonus with it being really pretty too!).
Other than that, we’re in full swing with our weekly swimming lessons, Baby Sensory and Monkey Music classes. So much fun (I enjoy them just as much!).
Products We Love
Last but not least, I just wanted to give a shout out to some specific products and brands that we’re both loving at the moment! I’m very fortunate to be sent a fair amount to test and try, but I also buy a lot on my own accord; either way, I can assure you that I ONLY share the products which I genuinely love and would 100% recommend… So here goes.
As Rio has been teething quite badly for some time now, I have invested in a lot of different teethers, to make sure I always have a few with me at all times. As well as Matchstick Monkey, we’re also loving the non-toxic Oli & Carol fruit shaped teethers (from West Stanton Store, another great online baby website) – I’ve currently got the watermelon, kale and banana, and he loves them all! Then I got a maple wood teether from LexyPexy (via Sisi & Seb, another go-t0 online baby store), which is all-natural, sustainable and naturally antibacterial – and a change from the softer ones (especially when the teething is at it’s worst!).
There are so many great skin and bath products for baby’s at the moment, lots of lovely and natural ones as well. Some of the brands and products I’m particularly loving right now, include Good Bubble (98% naturally derived), which definitely win the award for the best smelling products! So delicious. We’ve also been using the Énamour Baby Sleep Oil since Rio was 3 months old, and I swear it’s what helps Rio sleep so well… Also, perfume, paraben, alcohol and petroleum free. The prettiest branding goes to Dr.Barbara Sturm, which recently just added a baby range to her existing skincare line, and the products are really beautiful and feel extra indulgent. Bioderma is always a skincare favourite of mine, and their baby range, Bioderma ABCDerm, is ideal for sensitive and gentle skin, which is always great. I discovered Fifi & Friends quite recently, and it’s another natural and gentle skincare range, which leaves the baby skin silky soft and smooth (with super cute packaging too).
We also finally invested in a lighter, on-the-go pushchair, mainly for travelling, but it will no doubt replace our bigger pushchair at some point. We got the Babyzen Yoyo+, which is just so light and easy, and folds down in an instant (and fits in the overhead compartment on a plane!). We will be bringing it with us to Ibiza in a few weeks, and I’m sure it will make life a lot easier. I also upgraded my nappy changing bag, to a bigger and roomier style from Tiba + Marl, in a great camo print style. It’s quite big, but I can finally fit all our stuff into just one bag! It also doubles up as a great weekend bag for Rio. Last but not least, I cannot recommend my new baby carrier – the Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier, enough. I loved my old Ergobaby, but this new version is so much more lightweight, breathable and easier to use! I recently used it when travelling to Rio with Norway, and considering he’s super heavy, this carrier makes the baby feel so much lighter (and Rio seems much happier in it too).
Please leave a comment below, or drop me an e-mail, if there is anything else you would like me to cover in my next update!