And just like that, a half year has passed and my sweet little Benji boy is getting bigger! He has the best little gummy smile, is a pretty chill baby, and HAS LEARNED HOW TO SLEEP. It’s been a big month around here! So let’s jump in!
Likes: watching his older brother, jumping in his jumper, smiling, eating banana, sleeping 4-5 hours
Dislikes: Tummy time
This kid is going strong in the eating department. He loves eating about four ounces every three hours or so during the day. Right before he goes to bed around 6:30 or 7pm, he eats six ounces. He fuels up for a stretch of 4 to 5 hours of sleep, then eats another 4ish ounces once or twice during the night and early morning.
We have also started some oatmeal and banana, and he seems to like the banana more than the oatmeal.
Benji and me are getting into a rhythm of sleeping and it has been a game changer. He has thrived a few simple changes we’ve made and I am forever grateful to my girlfriends that gave me so many ideas and things to try! You can read more about it here, but basically I have found a few things that have worked for us. Napping throughout the day every hour and a half, a swaddle, and a night-time schedule has helped a ton.
Even though Benji still doesn’t like tummy time, he does like moving around and is getting more and more active. He rolled from his tummy to back on December 3rd and has done it a few times since that day. But I think he likes to bounce and be upright better than being on his tummy; most likely because he can stay in on the action of what’s going on. He sure doesn’t like to be left out!
We are finally on somewhat of a schedule. Benji gets up around 6:30am or so, and since he sleeps every hour and a half I feel like I can know what to expect, can plan outtings a little easier, and know how to prepare for the day. Typically we get up and go in the mornings and stick around at home for afternoon naps.
Six Month Old Essentials
Activity Mat: Benji still loves his activity mat. He loves to lay on his back and pull the animals down into his mouth and move them around with his hands. He loves to push around with his little feet and end up in all sorts of crazy positions!
Giraffe Toy: I couldn’t find our exact giraffe, but this one is almost identical to ours and Benji loves it! It has little feet that are rubber and are wonderful teethers, but also has some sort of crinkly paper inside so when you move it around it crinkles and crackles. It’s a toy he reaches for over and over again!
Avent Glass Bottles: We have three of these glass bottles and they are in constant rotation. They are the same style we used for Jude and both boys seem to take to them well.
Teething Ring: Benji might be teething already, I’m not sure. He is drooling everywhere and constantly has his hand or a teething ring like this one in his mouth. Jude got his first teeth late, but maybe Benji is getting a few now!
Silicone Bib: I’ve learned the hard way, but fabric bibs for eating is not the way to go. They get stained, I can never get them clean, and you go through so many of them! Once I started using this silicone bib with Jude, I knew for Benji it was the only one I wanted to use. Just toss it in the sink with the rest of the dishes and easily wash away all the mess.