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I Knew My Baby Wasn’t a Newborn Anymore When ______ (Readers Respond!)

By Meredith Carroll |

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It's a precious face, but it's no longer the face of a newborn

One size definitely doesn’t fit all, particularly when it comes to realizing your itty-bitty baby isn’t so itty-bitty anymore.

Yesterday we posted on the 11 entirely unscientific ways we knew our babies weren’t newborns anymore. And many of you responded with your own methodology.

Here are some of our favorite responses about when you knew your baby was no longer a newborn:

They start screaming and start pulling the crap out of your hair, then laugh about it.
- Katelyn

When you see a younger, smaller baby…and it gets more attention than yours…
- Bre

Drool kicked in
- Kelly

Mine was born a 3-month-old! LOL . . . Never even fit newborn clothes/diapers . . . I’d say when she say up on her own I realized it!
- Amanda

Premie clothes wouldn’t fit.
- Ashley

When he stopped falling asleep anytime, anywhere.
- Karen

When she didn’t need a swaddle to sleep anymore.
- Bernice

When she started making icky faces while eating food.
- Lindsey

It hits me now . . . She will be 7 months on Saturday . . .She sits up on her own, crawls, stands up on her own, carries on a baby talk conversation (including yelling or slapping me to get my attention), giggles, waves, eats crackers and cookies, knows how to give kisses. Ugh I’m crying!!!
- Alexandra

He laughed out loud.
- Kim

When they started sleeping through the night.
- Pamela

When she called me “Mama” the first time . . . I felt truly like mom at that point . . . now I wish she’d stop screaming my name all the time!!
- Prussia

When newborn clothes at the store looked SO tiny.
- Julie

When he wouldn’t snuggle on my chest anymore!
- Valerie

When she calls me to have some baby conversations and thinks she’s sooooo big.
- Marta

I would try to tuck him in like a burrito and he would unwrap himself.
- Maria

When he got head control.
- Sarah Krill

When he didn’t look like an old wrinkly man anymore.
- Chelsea

When she didn’t fall asleep in my arms anymore.
- Erica

She drove out of our driveway.
- Boomer Grandparents

My baby is 1 and it never occurred to me that she wasn’t a newborn anymore . . .
- Echo

When he grew out of the infant car seat at 9 months . . . They grow waaaay too fast.
- Alisa

When she laughed at silly faces I made at her.
- Tierra

When his umbilical cord fell off. I cried like an idiot.
- Allison

When I was watching birth videos on FB and YouTube, and realized the 1-year-old I was nursing was no longer a baby, but a toddler! I need another baby!
- Lynda

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “I Knew My Baby Wasn’t a Newborn Anymore When ______ (Readers Respond!)

  1. Kellan says:

    When she no longer sounded like a dying lamb during a crying session. When she didn’t fuss about the proper latch – she just did it and suckled like a pro. When my aunt gave her baby food for the first time. When her teeth poked through her gums for the very first time. When she started playing with toys.
    She’s now 6 1/2 months old.

  2. Heather says:

    When she outgrew newborn-size clothes (she was in them till she was 3 months), when she first rolled all the way across her room to get to her toy box, when she started sitting up on her own, the first time she pulled herself up standing and bumped her head because she decided to let go.
    She’s 5 1/2 months old

  3. Angie says:

    when he started walking at 8 mo :(

  4. Hyman says:

    My son who’s 4 looked old this week, looked really big compared to the 6 week old we were sitting next to at the mall!!!

    And I’m no longer “germ guardian” on such a crazy level. My mom keeps telling me not to take him to the mall bc of the germs, and well I cannot hire a personal shopper :P

    He is awake and alert baby talking all day!! He started sleeping all night on his own naturally a month ago … He laughs here and there … He loves toys … He tries with all his might to pull himself up sitting… He drools bc he’s teething… He poops on a time pattern … I boxed away his newborn clothes … I’m buying 12 month old sizes … He doesn’t nurse every 20 minutes …

    Etc. my BABY lol …

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