Between 6-12 months, your baby changes so much! It’s an entirely different experience from 0-6 months.
You’re introducing solids. Your baby is learning to sit up, crawl, stand and walk. He or she is talking and teething more, grabbing and throwing things.
What you need during 6-12 months is sometimes different from what you used during 0-6 months.
My baby just turned 1 year! Here are the 6-12 month essentials I loved!
They helped her in these new development stages. Or they made my life easier and gave me more time to do other things. They didn’t break the bank!
I have no regrets. I would purchase these again without hesitation!
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- Silicone bib: I’ve used both the cloth and silicone bibs. I’ve found the silicone bibs are better because they can be easily wiped down. I like these Silicatch bibs because they’re larger and softer than other bibs.
- Silicone spoons: I’ve fed my baby with regular stainless steel, plastic and silicone spoons. Now I only use the silicone spoons! They’re durable, but soft so they don’t hurt my baby’s gums or teeth when she occasionally bites down on them when she’s teething. As they have a nonslip grip, my baby can even feed herself!
- Transition cup: We heard from a nurse that we shouldn’t give our daughter a traditional sippy cup because it might result in tooth decay and speech issues. She said babies need to learn how to use regular cups. We gave our baby water through a regular cup. Naturally, the water spilled everywhere! We heard from a fellow mom about this trainer cup. It’s exactly like a regular cup except there are minimal spills! The baby drinks from the rim like any regular cup. It’s only when you tilt the cup and apply pressure to the inside rim that liquid comes out. Your baby can whip it around or throw it on the ground – maybe a drop will come out, but that’s it!
- Iron-fortified cereal: This is the first food my baby ate. Our doctor said breast-fed babies need iron rich foods at 6 months because they start losing iron. I mixed the cereal with breast milk. I had heard from a mom to start with a runny mixture (a bit of cereal with a lot of breast milk) to slowly introduce your baby to feeding from a spoon. Over time, she suggested to make the mixture more lumpy (add more cereal with the breast milk) so your baby is exposed to different textures. This worked well for us!
- Premade food: With every meal, my baby had both pureed/lumpy food (for nutrients) and a finger food (to develop her ability to feed herself). For the pureed food, I just threw everything we were eating into the blender. My baby ate hardly any of it over days. It was a waste of time. Then I came across premade food pouches. I didn’t use these all the time because I wanted to expose her to different foods. It was a convenient way to feed her a good serving of fruits and vegetables when things got busy!
- High Chair: This Ikea high chair came recommended by many moms. I love it! It’s easy to clean and take apart and transport when we need to move it.
- Baby gate/playard: We have 2 baby gates.
- We live in a house with an open concept layout. We wanted to get an extra wide baby gate – something that could stretch across the entire room. This would give her a large space to play and keep her enclosed within a room. We love this Summer Infant baby gate! The majority of the gate is mesh so your baby can run into it and not get hurt! It expands to fit openings up to 143″ so it fits spaces perfectly! It doesn’t have to be awkwardly bent. This gate can also convert into a playard.
- We also have this Regalo baby gate. It fits up to 192″ wide. This gate looks nice. While it can also work across a room, it works particularly well for spaces where you need the gate to be angled e.g. around a fireplace.
- Outlet covers: These outlet plug covers do the job. They also block out the draft on exterior walls so you’re saving energy!
- Musical toy: We love this Baby Einstein Musical Toy! This is a must have distraction toy when we’re in the car and out of the house. There’s a large button she can press to switch between the 7 songs. She loves watching the lights flashing to the beats. I actually really like listening to the classical tunes – it’s calming!
- Teether toy: We first got her Sophie the Giraffe when she was 3 months old and she didn’t use it until she was 6-7 months. Now she likes chewing Sophie’s ears and horns when she teethes!
- Ball: I first heard about this toy from a mom who was raving about it because even her daughter (who is a small baby and has tiny fingers) can play with it. The oball toy ball is soft, light and bendable (it caves in when stepped on so it doesn’t hurt her). The large holes make it easy for my baby to grip. This is the first toy she was able to hold and play with. Now we play catch with it. She loves it!
- Exersaucer/Jumper: My baby loves this Baby Einstein Activity Jumper! There are over 12 activities including musical ones. The seat swivels so your baby can independently move to different activity stations. I like how my baby can also jump in this – building her leg muscles. This is a great place to put your baby in when you need to get a few things done around the house! I’ve often heard it referred to as the circle of neglect because you can leave your baby in it for hours! I would normally only put her in it for 15 minutes/day as I’ve heard overuse can hinder their development.
- Touch and feel books: We got the Baby Touch and Feel Animals book as a gift. She can play with it on her own. She likes flipping the pages and touching the different textures e.g. puppy’s fur. It’s durable and she can’t chew the pages as easily as other books. There aren’t many words or textures, but it’s my baby’s favorite book! When I often put out 5-10 different board books for her to choose from (some of them also have touch and feel features), she always goes for this one!
- Colorful and engaging books: We also got this Usborne Peep Inside Collection: 6 Books Box Set as a gift. The books are about dinosaurs, animal homes, the zoo, night time, the garden, and the farm. I love reading these with her! There’s so much good information for her to know. The illustrations are beautiful. She loves touching the holes and moving the flaps.
- Socks with grips: We haven’t included shoes on this list because she always walked around indoors. As she’s still learning to walk and balance, it was important for her to be either barefoot or had socks with grips for hardwood floors.
Here are a few other things I used a lot in her 6-12 months. I also used these things during her 0-6 months period.
- Carrier: This Original Ergobaby Carrier was a lifesaver for me to be able to carry my baby while being hands-free and get stuff done around the house! I’m not a doctor. After reading about hip dysplasia and the importance of using a baby carrier that has a supported seated position, the ergo became my #1 choice. Of course, you should always do your own research on the topic before making a decision. The reason why I chose the original vs. the 360 is because it’s cheaper and I didn’t anticipate using the outward facing position too frequently. My baby actually ended up just turning her head side to side when she wanted to see outwards. What I like about the original ergo is that it is comfortable and can be used with the infant insert right away up until the baby is 45 lbs. You can even feed your baby in it. Sometimes I found the carrier easier to use than a stroller when I was out of the house. For example, when I was going to a restaurant with tight spacing or on a plane.
- Diaper pail: The Ubbi Diaper Pail was one of the most expensive diaper pails on the market. After a lot of consideration, we got it and we are so glad we did. With her eating solids, the diapers have gotten smellier! It has been 12 months and it still traps in the odor. The odor hasn’t been absorbed like what I’ve heard can happen with the plastic pails. You can open it using just one hand. With its tall and thin frame, it’s a space saver and is large enough to hold at least a week’s worth of diapers. There is a child safety lock feature but we haven’t had to use it yet. As it has a classic steel design, we might just keep it after our diaper days are over and use it as a regular trash can in the house. There are no special expensive refill bags like the Diaper Genie; we just use regular garbage bags. If you do have a leak in your bag, I highly recommend cleaning the pail immediately because otherwise you might get rust.
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What were your must haves in the 6-12 month period?