Nourishing Milestones

Helping moms nourish their baby's growth and development

 
Index Article Directory

Give Me A Squeeze!

Posted by GFunkified
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Give Me A Squeeze!
The first hug from my baby is not something I remember clearly, to be honest. I didn't write down the day in her baby book, like this: "April 23, 2012. She squeezed her little arms around my neck for the very first time, as I hugged her for the 687th time."Maybe I should have....it's a significant occurrence, just like the first time my baby deliberately (and sloppily) kissed me back.The first few months of being a new mom are months of unreciprocated love and affection. Sure, my baby stopped ...

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Posted by GFunkified
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Babies are so much fun. The expressions that they make when they discover something new, are surprised by something, or are amused by something, could entertain me all day long. Noises fall into the category of things that can surprise, amuse, and startle all at the same time.So many baby toys these days incorporate the stimulation of several senses at once, because babies are using all of their senses from birth to learn and discover (and to make parents feel like they're getting more for ...

Creeping Around

Posted by GFunkified
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Creeping Around
As babies near their first birthday, their mobility increases and becomes much more creative. Rolling can get an infant all the way across the room moments after you've set him down on his play mat and turned your back to pick something up. Scooting on his bottom can come soon after he has gained the balance to sit up on his own, and that toy on the other side of the floor becomes far too enticing to be left alone.Not long after he learns to stand, he will probably start creeping. Creeping, in ...

What Do You See?

Posted by GFunkified
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
What Do You See?
While I was decorating your nursery, still just dreaming about my baby that would soon be born, I carefully chose your sheets, your curtains, your blankets, and your first books. I lined them carefully on the shelf in your room, the collection of my favorite books from childhood, the board books that I hoped would become your favorites to look at as you started to want to carry them around with you and take them places, and the new classics that were on every new parents' wish lists.As a ...

Babble To Me

Posted by GFunkified
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Babble To Me
It's easy to hear "words" that your baby is saying in his first few months, when he starts to babble. I know for me, each new sound was a new word, even though, in truth, it was just a sound. I'll admit that even "mama" was a happy accident the first few times. It wasn't until a little later, and I had made a huge deal out of every "mama" I heard, that my baby knew what he was saying to me.Dolls and older kids playing pretend always seem to say "goo goo gaga." Isn't that the stereotypical "baby ...

Showing My Personality

Posted by GFunkified
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Showing My Personality
I have four kids, all about two years apart, and at some point in their first year, they all started to how their unique personalities. It was such a thrilling thing to watch, and interesting to see how different or similar they were to each other.My oldest, being the first child, hardly cried before we were there with him, getting him what he needed. He was quick to smile but didn't babble much, except to say "mama" and "dada" and a couple of other words. My second was a girl, and she was a bi ...

Baby Sign Language

Posted by GFunkified
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Baby Sign Language
The day you were born, and for months after, the only way for you to communicate with us was to cry.  You developed different cries for different reasons, to be sure, like a low moaning cry when you were tired and about to fall asleep, or a high pitched cry of desperation when your tummy was empty and you needed to eat. It took me a while to figure them out, and it was never a perfect system, but we got by as best as we could. And when I didn't know what you needed, I tried everything to ...

Motorboat With Me

Posted by GFunkified
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Motorboat With Me
Babies are funny, that's really all there is to it, especially when they know they're funny, or when they think you're funny. New parents are funny, too. As a new mom, I would go to significant lengths to make my baby laugh. We would make funny faces in the mirror together, I would use silly voices, and I would make a motorboat sound with my mouth. You know the one....the one where you purse your lips together and make them vibrate? Raise your hand if you've done that a few (hundred) times in y ...

Hold Your Head Up High

Posted by GFunkified
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Hold Your Head Up High
From the time my baby was born, I was amazed at how well he could lift his head up. Only for a few seconds, at first, and it was never very steady, but even from the very beginning, that little smoosh of a nose would graze my cheek as he wobbled his head up and down and side to side (sometimes even with the surprise of an open mouth kiss on my face).With the help of the much-despised tummy time, he got stronger and stronger. I actually think that the fierceness of the tummy time hatred (the ...

Things That Go Boom!

Posted by GFunkified
on Nov. 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM
Things That Go Boom!
Babies are noisy little creatures, aren't they? Between the laughing, the crying, the toys that make noise, and even sometimes the filling of their diapers, a house with a baby is rarely quiet. Even when my baby was sleeping, I would either be scrambling to do the chores that I hadn't been able to do while he was awake, or snoring on the couch myself.So many baby toys make some kind of noise. A lot of them play a song or talk when a button is pushed, which teaches an important cause-and-effect ...
close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN