Your baby: 7.5 months old

Separation anxiety, why you should sing with your baby and RESP help. Learn all about life with your 7.5-month-old.

Photo: iStockphoto

Photo: iStockphoto

I only wanna be with you
Does your baby howl like a banshee when you leave the house — or even the room — these days? It’s common for babies to experience an acute case of separation anxiety at this point, which may heighten at around the one-year mark. While it does feel good to know that your baby’s so attached to you, it’s heartbreaking to deal with screams and tears at every departure. Learn why your baby’s reacting this way, and what to do about it in our separation anxiety survival guide.

Today’s concert, starring you
At this point in your baby’s language development, nursery rhymes and songs you can act out with your fingers or body, such as “Pat-a-cake” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” will be a big hit. Your baby will take great delight in them as she begins to anticipate what’s going to happen next.

Help her to make the gestures or movements as you sing. One day your baby may surprise you by joining in on her own.

Read more: Lyrics to children’s rhymes and lullabies>

Law or med school?
You may think it’s crazy to start saving for your baby’s post-secondary education before she can even stand on her own two feet. But think again. Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) allow tax-free growth (and the federal government will even kick in a portion). The earlier you get started — even with a minimal monthly deposit — the sooner your money starts working for you.

Read more: RESP Calculator>

Tips from the trenches
“Ziploc bags are a mom’s ‘duct tape.’ They can organize a diaper bag or snacks in a purse, are great for packing when travelling, for game pieces that might otherwise get lost. And I always carry a few in the diaper bag for messy or wet clothes.” — Susanne, mom of one

Raising a baby solo
There’s no question that parenting on your own is a tough challenge. You are the one and only point person, on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But remember: there’s just no such thing as a perfect parent, or set of parents. Focus on your strengths, on doing the best job you can, and devising strategies to help navigate day-to-day life.

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Did you know?
You can breastfeed even after returning to work. Though it takes a bit of effort, many moms find that it gives them the opportunity to maintain close contact and emotional bonding time with their babies. Of course, it’s great for baby, too!

Read more: 10 tips for breastfeeding after returning to work>

Originally published on Oct. 20, 2011.