If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you may have picked up on a trend that I don’t like a lot of clutter or unnecessary things lying around the house. Our house is fairly small, and with a little one and two fur babies, we don’t have space to waste. Because of this, I have create a top 5 list of items that you must have for a 6-9 month old. All the other stuff, would just be the icing on the cake. So here is the cake!
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Our little man has been pretty advanced with his gross motor skills. He was crawling at 5 months and started making steps at 8. Once he hit 9 months he was walking/falling more than he was crawling. When I had chores that I had to get done, and I couldn’t put my attention on him 100%, into “baby jail” aka the pack-n-play he went. It is nice to have a safe place where I can put William and not worry about him getting into something that he shouldn’t be getting into. Nothing fancy needed. Here is our basic pack-n-play.
2. Sitting Walker
I’m not sure what the technical term is here. But a sitting walker is something great for a child in this age range. It helps them to learn the basics of walking, without the danger of them falling down. When Wes and I are in the kitchen cooking, or are folding clothes in the laundry room, we put William in his walker. *Be warned, this does give them freedom to move where ever they want to go. Keep a close eye on your baby while they are in the walker. We use this one from Baby Einstein.
3. Push Walker
Again- no idea what it is really called… BUT once your little one has the idea of walking, a push walker (like this one) is the next step up from the sitting walker. This really helps your child get a feel for walking and supporting their body weight. It can also double as a toy as your baby is sitting down. William loves the fidget spinner thingy that is on his walker. (As a teacher, I find this pretty ironic….) When grabbing the link for the sitting/push walkers, I found this neat thing, that I’d wish I’d seen before I got the two separate walkers- you know how I don’t like that clutter.
This walker starts as a sitting walker and then can convert to a push walker. Two-in-one?! I’m in! I haven’t used it myself, so I can’t say whether or not it works…buuut it looks like an awesome space-saving idea. Someone get it and let me know! 😉
4. Sippy Cups/Puffs
Let me wipe the tear from my eye real quick. Around the ages of 6-9 months, we should be getting baby as prepared as we can for becoming self sufficient. (Nooooo!!!! It is too soooonnnn!!!) I know a lot of local day cares have a “rule” about no more pureed food once children hit a year and they are also expected to be able to feed themselves. At William’s 9 month check up, his pediatrician also said this is a goal she’d like to see us worked toward.
We’ve been taking a slooooow approach towards this goal since William turned 6-7 months. We started him with puffs because they essentially dissolve in that drooly mouth of his. Puffs are also a great way to work on those fine motor skills and the pincer grasp.
We’ve been a little bad about the sippy cup. I do wish we’d introduced it earlier- around 6-7 months. We’re really just starting to now at 9 months.
Anywho- I’d say these two things are important during this age range.
5. Bumbo Seat with a Tray
Small house. Not a lot of room. I don’t want a high chair! Hurray for this great invention. It is a bumbo seat that comes with a tray. We use this baby as our high chair. And as mentioned above with getting William used to feeding himself, we use the bumbo seat 3x a day. It was a wonderful space saver!
Here are my top 5 times for a 6-9 month old. Did I miss anything? Comment below!