9 Month Check-Up

So today I brought my kids in for a follow-up and check-up. My baby had bronchiolitis (slightly different from bronchitis but most commonly affects infants and children) a couple weeks ago. The antibiotics they put him on messed up his appetite and his stomach so bad that he had lost weight. Well, I’m happy to report that he is bouncing back on the growth chart and seems to be doing fine. Even my daughter (my preemie now 3 ½) made a great improvement gaining 2lbs since their last visit! This is a big deal as she has remained at 26lbs for the looongest time.photo-1_mini

The nurse did her usual assessment that is expected for each visit taking measurements and asking about eating and sleeping habits as well as his 9 month milestones. I advised that even at 9 months my son still wakes up to eat in the middle of the night which she stated is normal for breastfed babies. So for those other sleep-deprived moms I hate to break it to you, but it is possible that you will still be giving night-feedings past the 6 month mark. I had not experienced this with my daughter who after 3 months was sleeping all night every night.

At this visit we discussed my son’s eating habits as he is on solids now. As part of his assessment to check his 9 month milestones, the doctor asked holding his own bottle, which he has been doing for awhile. Her next question came as a bit of a surprise when she asked if I had started giving him a sippy cup yet. Gasp! Is it that time already? Generally, by 12 months your baby should be off the bottle and moving on towards a regular cup. If you are nursing, however, this doesn’t really apply as some moms nurse well beyond 12 months and skip sippy cups. My son, though breast-fed, is no stranger to bottles. The harsh reality that he is growing up and ready for big boy cups still comes as a little bit of a shock to me.

Sippy Cup Facts

A sippy cup, or training cup, is used when you wean your child from a bottle. It helps with their hand and mouth coordination. Once your child masters the motor skills needed to drink from a cup, you can begin introducing the sippy cup. Some moms skip the sippy and go straight to a regular cup. This is fine as long as you are prepared for occasional spills.

Some babies are ready to drink from a sippy cup as early as 4-6 months. Others may take a little longer, which is normal. There are different types of sippy cup options out there that are available. You have your traditional hard spout, then there are soft spouts (typically made of silicone), ones with straws, and even bottles that transition to a sippy cup. The Nuk bottles are really good transitioning bottles and what I used with my daughter when we gradually moved on to sippy cups. It goes from bottle, to a bottle with handles, to a sippy cup which you can use with or without the handles. You can find more in a separate article I’ve posted covering the basics of  transitioning to sippy cups.

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