My baby boy is now a little over nine months, and it is high time I made an update!
At around six months and a half, he started crawling. We had gone to a 0-5 year old play gym, so our boy got to see a lot of young kids and toddlers in action. I think it inspired him, because that same evening, he crawled for the first time!
Our son can now pull himself up to a standing position with ease. He eats two to three meals a day and is still breastfead. I started giving him whole grains at around 8 months and a half, but fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds
and legumes remain the bulk of his diet. He also started clapping his hands, and gives us “high fives”!
Starting at around six months, I loosely started the elimination communication (EC) method. Simply put, EC is the practice of becoming aware of your child’s elimination patterns, i.e. when your child needs to pee or poop, and holding them over a potty, toilet or any other receptacle while they do their thing. This is not “potty training”, it is only a way of increasing the communication between your baby/child and you, as well as making your child aware of his bodily functions in a gentle and respectful way.
At six months, I sat my boy on the potty for a few minutes three times a day after a diaper change. If he eliminated in the potty, I would say in a few words what he was doing: “you’re doing a pee pee/poop in the potty!”. By the time my boy was seven months, he was doing almost all of his pees in the potty, and by eight months, almost all of his poos. of course I still miss something from time to time, because my son is obviously too young to verbally tell me when he needs to go potty, so I have to watch his body language. I do use diapers as backups, so there is no mess to clean if I miss something. I was really impressed at how quickly my boy understood that when I held him over the potty, it was time to eliminate. As soon as I put him over the potty or toilet, he looks down at himself, concentrates and goes! I love EC because it’s much more hygenic, environmentally friendly and helps your child become aware of his bodily functions quicker. I definetly suggest reading on the topic!
Also, my son’s first tooth popped out on the day of his nine months, which explained why he had been fussier for the few days prior!
That’s all for this update, I hope you found it interesting!