List: Skills Required to Parent an 8 Month Old

Do you have....


1) The ability to function without sleep? At 8 months babies can start finding it hard to sleep what with all the work their brains are doing learning how to crawl and developing and whatnot.   Add in teething and enjoy getting up all hours of the night (like with a newborn).


2) Upper body strength?  Your tiny baby is now a whopping walrus, so have fun trying to bounce them up and down to 'The Grand Old Duke of York'.


3) Patience?  You move the spoon loaded with delicious, home-cooked, organic puree to their mouth...they grab the spoon, scrape off the puree and put the empty spoon backwards in their mouth.  You wrench the spoon out of their clenched fist, load it up again, move it to their mouth...they grab the spoon, scrape it off and put it in their mouth.  You wrench the spoon out of their clenched fist, load it up again, move it to their mouth...they grab the spoon, scrape it off and put it in their mouth...repeat ad nauseum.


4) The ability to turn the other cheek?  When your baby takes a huge mouthful of water and then spits it in your face/the highchair/the kitchen floor can you ignore the bad behaviour so as not to encourage it and turn the other cheek (so they can spit food and water on that one too)?


5) A bit more patience?  "Mummy! Look, I threw the toy on the floor, pick it up" , "Mummy! Look, I threw the toy on the floor, pick it up", "Mummy! Look, I threw the toy on the floor, pick it up", "Mummy! Look, I threw the toy on the floor, pick it up." Arrrggggh!


6) Spatial awareness?  You will  need the ability to put a nappy and clothes onto a moving, wriggling baby from behind.  You will yearn for those days when the tiny baby just lay nice a still on the changing mat.


7) An excellent singing voice and lack of shame? Because you WILL sing tunelessly and say words in silly voices in public.  Loudly.  Often.  DONKEEEEY!


8) A sharing, generous nature?  The toy phone is REALLY not as interesting as your iPhone.  Or your laptop.  Or your new magazine.  Stand in their way and feel their wrath.


9) Humility? When playing with the laptop or iPhone (or any of their own electronic toys) the 8 month old baby will be able to make it do many, many things that you can't.  But don't worry, the younger generation always have a better grasp of technology than the older generation.  Just be humble and bow down to their superior knowledge.


10) The ability to overlook a messy house?  Sick on the sofa.  Poo smeared on the floor.  Rice cake stuck to the DVD player.  Puree smushed on the kitchen cupboards.  And the tiny nooks and crannies of the highchair.  And their hair.  And now the baby needs entertaining all day there is no time to clean it.  Don't worry, fellow parents understand. 




If you can answer yes to all of these then well done, you are ready to look after an 8 month old child (and are a better parent than me!)

2 comments:

  1. i love all of you posts, but this is one of my extra special favourites :) x

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