Since I did a 3-month baby update with favorites, which many of you ladies seemed to like, I thought it’d be helpful to do a 6-month update as well. We’re still basically using everything in that last post, except for having changed the bassinet piece to the big girl seat in our Stokke stroller and mostly switched to a bath tub that works well in our kitchen sink. It’s been brilliant as by doing it this way, we know that there won’t be enough water for her to drown or get hurt. We’ve been told to have a look into getting an under sink water filter so that the water she would be bathing in (and drinking) would be clean and free from contamination, as no one wants to have dirty water in their house. We’ve been told to read the reviews here – (https://waterfilterway.com/best-under-sink-water-filter-reviews/) so I will have to take a look when I have the chance. I think this will be a great idea in the long run, and it will make a huge difference to all of us by having filtered water. But most importantly, it will benefit Vienna. I guess I’ll have to make sure that our plumbing is in working order before thinking about having a water filter fitted. I guess I’ll have to find someone that offers similar services to these Doonside plumbers in Sydney as I want to make sure that everything is safe before thinking about bathing Vienna with this new system. Her safety is paramount.
Vienna turned 6 months old on June 10th. She is a happy baby with a great temperament; her smiles just light up my world. She is incredibly attentive and loves going to new places and seeing new things. She is crying less, especially in the car seat (which used to be the bane of my existence); she now falls asleep in it sometimes, which is a huge blessing.
We are still breastfeeding all day long but have added some homemade baby food into our daily routine (I was even thinking of trying holle infant formula for a change), her favorite being applesauce and avocado (separately). I read up on “baby-led weaning” (and brushed up on baby CPR/Heimlich maneuver/etc. at the same time), but I don’t feel comfortable giving her solid pieces of food just yet. The one time I tried baby-led weaning, both Mr. Bond and I just about had heart attacks every time she would show the tiniest signs of gagging/coughing/choking. I’ll stick to homemade purees for the time being, and then we’ll graduate to real solids when I feel more comfortable.
Vienna is “slender and tall,” according to her pediatrician; her mini rolls are enough baby scrumptiousness for me, and I’m just incredibly happy that she’s as healthy as can be. She can push herself backwards and move 360°, but she’s not officially crawling just yet. She loves moving around in her walker for a short time almost every day. She is sitting up pretty well unassisted. Vienna doesn’t have any teeth yet, but she keeps showing all the signs of teething, including putting EVERYTHING in her mouth. Toy tags and packaging are almost more interesting than the actual toys themselves.
Vienna loves water just as always, and we are going to the pool and beach more often now that it’s super warm. I’ll be doing a post on baby suncare soon, so keep a look out!
Also, I’ve realized that a whole lot of these photos are from my Snapchat, so follow me if you’d like (same username as Instagram, irinabond)!
Have you seen my Shop sections above? I regularly update my Women’s, Men’s, Baby, Maternity, & Home sections with items I either currently use or would love to try and think my Bond Girls would enjoy as well!
And now for my favorite tools that have made my life a whole lot easier as a new SAHM…
I knew I wanted this highchair way before I ever got pregnant. I love classic design, and this highchair has been pretty much the same since 1972. It grows with baby for many years to come and fits right up to the dining table. I also purchased the optional baby set, tray, and seat cushion.
Vienna loves sitting in it with us at the table, and I enjoy feeding her in the kitchen while I’m cooking.
This playard is ridiculously easy to put together (just one button, hence the name — it actually is a breeze). Now that Vienna is sitting up, it’s come in super handy when I want to have her sitting somewhere safe to play with her toys. I also put her in it when I work out in the living room, which has been super helpful.
I don’t mind it in my living room for now. It matches with our existing décor, so that really helps me be ok with having “baby things” everywhere.
I know that walkers are a super sensitive subject these days and that a lot of people are against them, but we have absolutely loved using ours. We’re borrowing the Joovy Spoon from Vienna’s cousin, and he loved it as well and is currently walking just fine. I’m a firm believer in using common sense; don’t leave your baby in it forever and keep a look out. Vienna spends very short periods of time in it, and I can tell she absolutely loves being Miss Independent (within the confines of the kitchen, haha).
I feel like parenting is an ever-changing journey; the second I finally get the hang of breastfeeding, now we’re supposed to start introducing solids! This baby food maker has been wonderful for this lazy girl here (well, actually, I’m not that lazy — I just voluntarily put 5,000 things on my to-do list every day and always feel overwhelmed by yet another thing I have to do). With this machine, I just chop up the food, add water to the reservoir, and press two buttons. You can steam only or blend only as well. It makes small batches perfect for a baby. And sometimes I eat her food too, like this applesauce — super yum!
In my last post, I was mostly giving Vienna baths in the Puj in our bathroom sinks, but more recently I’ve decided to start using our 4moms tub in the kitchen sink. The Puj was absolutely fantastic when she was a tiny little doll, but now she’s a bit bigger and seems a little less delicate, so I was comfortable using a bigger tub. I am loving the 4moms tub these days for the following reasons:
- The kitchen is more interesting to be in, since I can watch TV (well, mostly YouTube videos), drink my coffee or eat my lunch, and even braid my hair all while standing next to her.
- There’s a handy temperature gauge that helps me make sure the new water coming in is constantly at a comfortable temperature without having to hold my hand at the running faucet the whole time. For some reason, the temperature in our apartment fluctuates a bit here and there.
- And… the weirdest reason of all… I don’t like doing dishes for various reasons, but knowing that I want to give Vienna a bath later that day makes me want to keep the sink clear.
Hope you enjoyed reading about Vienna’s 6-month update and seeing what tools have helped me out a great deal in the last few months as a SAHM.