Everyone always says the newborn days are the best. I might beg to differ. The 6-9 month milestones are just SO much fun!
Don’t get me wrong, I ask on a near-daily basis “where my tiny baby went”…but I am also constantly cooing at how cute she is now and laughing at the funny things she did and cheering her on when she learns something new.
The Life and Growth of Baby Bean
This one is more for me than for you and I totally get that. BUT if you like pictures of happy babies then stick around! 😉
If your new to Baby Bean’s story you can easily catch up with our 0-3 and 3-6 updates
Bean has settled into quite the little routine these days and you wont hear this mama complaining!
6-9 Month Milestones – Growth
At 9 months old we are still in the 6-9 month clothes and I don’t see us switching for a bit still.
At 6 months
-Bean is super good at sitting and is SO ready for some Baby Led Weaning action now!
-She’s not terribly motivated to crawl but she is managing to scoot around on her tummy some
– I was putting away laundry and turned around to see her up on her knees in the crib so I guess that’s a thing now and its time to lower the crib.
At 7 months
– She has officially started crawling, I lived in denial as long as I could, but its happening.
-Pulling to standing in the crib, I actually witnessed this happening the first time…I put her down to take her 7 month pictures(late as per usual) and she just stood up.
-Now that Bean is pulling to stand I moved the Pikler back upstairs and well…she starting climbing it.
At 8 months
-Pulls to stand on anything and everything. Starting to cruise along some furniture and sometimes along just the wall.
-She is SO fast crawling around the house and offically gets into everything. Dog water, house plants, Bitty’s toys nothing is safe…lol
-She discovered the stairs and didn’t even blink before she starting to try to climb the steps
At 9 months
-She is cruising along all the furniture and easily transfers from one thing to the next.
-We find her just standing around. Not holding on to anything. she is too stable for her own good in my opinion, but that’s just a mama who doesn’t want her baby growing so fast!
-She will walk for a few steps if you hold her hands and is even “thinking” about her first independent steps…(I say in utter defeat as I don’t really NEED another early walker…)
Bean Loves – 6-9 Month Must Haves
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Spinning Drum – we have the Lovevery one but I linked a similar one you can buy individually!
Swinging – We jumped strait to a bucket seat and she has had no problems!
Bibs Pacifiers – these are spendy…we have been making do with 2 of them because of it. But something about these she just holds on to better/doesn’t knock them out of her mouth as easily…
Pikler Triangle – So great for pulling to stand and then cruising along and now she’s climbing it…
Hide and Squeak Eggs – I don’t know what it is about these eggs, but she loves scattering them everywhere and then clacking the pieces together.
Books – she is starting to get more interested in books these days Peek a Who and That’s not my Elephant are her favorites. We are JUST getting into lift the flap board books like the Little Red Barn books
Keekaroo Highchair – I love the concept behind this chair! It will grow with her for years to come and prevent the problem that we are having with bitty right now where she’s getting too tall for her booster but too short for normal chairs. The Keekaroo is also easy to clean and looks nice and slides right up to the table! All things that make it a must-have in my books!
Evenflo wagon – when we found out we were pregnant we knew we didn’t want a double stroller for a lot of reasons, but we LOVED the idea of a stroller wagon when the baby got old enough to sit on her own. What can I say other than I love this thing!
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6-9 Month Milestones – Sleeping
Right before she turned 9 months we had a major milestone and no it wasn’t sleeping through the night.
Bean moved out of our room and into her shared room with Bitty!
So far the transition has gone super! Bean seems totally unphased about the whole process and Bitty is handling the disruptions really well.
Nights with Bean are unpredictable. We will have a god night where it is up 2 or three times in the night and goes right back down. Then we will randomly have a bad night where she is up every 45 mins and restless or fighting it all night long…
At around 7.5 months we hit what I can only describe as the 8 months sleep regression. Bean has never been a GREAT sleeper but wow it’s been ROUGH. Some nights she is only content in our arms. The snuggles are great but oh man it makes for some long nights.
The silver lining it all of these is that at least she takes good naps. So I don’t get more sleep at night BUT I am not dealing with a tired cranky baby during the day.
Bean naps every morning at 10 to 11:30 and then every afternoon from 2:30-4/4:30
6-9 Month Milestones – Personality
Babbling and smiling all the time
She gives head butts instead of kisses
Makes the strangest wheezy rasping squeal…
At 9 months she has learned how to sign “All Done” and “More” She doesn’t really do them with out prompting but she will give the appropriate sign for what she wants
6-9 Month Milestones – Eating
We started Baby Led Weaning right away at 6 months as she had already hit all the markers as ready for solid foods!
Her pincer grasp was surprisingly good really fast, so BLW was off to a great start for her!
Her favorite foods would be noodles, corn, edamame, bananas, watermelon, and cheerios.
Her least favorite foods would be greek yogurt and most meat
At around 8 months she can confidently get water out of her straw cup…now we just need to learn how to swallow the water…
6-9 Month Milestones – Firsts
First Foods – Watermelon was the very first and to be honest beyond that I dont remember she just started eating everything we offered!
First Word – We thought her first word was mama and I was thrilled…then we figured out it was really “Om Nom Nom” so safe to say she loves to eat…
First Tooth – at around 7 months she cut her first tooth, to be almost instantly followed by her second tooth
First Halloween – I only have a few years of being allowed to force the kids to coordinate for Halloween so when Bitty decided to be a Flamingo I knew Bean was going to be a bird as well. I settled on Peacock. I have a rule that until you are old enough to deal with the cumbersome/uncomfortable costumes your costume has to be made up of basically normal clothes.
So Bean’s costume was just a blue bodysuit and yellow socks, with a tutu that I added felt feathers onto and a headband with some pipe cleaners. All in all, I was SUPER pleased with the outfit, and both my little birds were adorable!
6-9 Months of Beanie Baby
I think you forget how much fun this stage is, between the sleepless nights and the chaos of a now mobile baby your exhausted and probably drawing in laundry from all the new stains…but through it all, I still think that these months might be my favorite. Sure those newborn snuggles are to die for but there’s something about watching them get more confident with every day and discovering something new they can do now that just can’t be beaten!
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