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My Baby’s Bad Habit

By Lauren Hartmann |

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Who knew a 9-month-old could develop a bad habit? I certainly didn’t.

We all know that babies aren’t manipulative at this stage – they’re still just figuring out the world around them and any cries and fussiness they go through is usually simply their attempt at getting some basic need met.

But, for some reason my baby has developed this bad habit. At first I thought it was just a coincidence, but after taking note for the past couple of weeks I’ve realized that this isn’t a fluke, a mere flash in the pan, but rather something that Fern has decided needs to be a part of her daily routine. This habit she’s developed is probably my fault…a result of my go-go-go lifestyle. It works out ok most of the time, but sometimes it’s become a bit inconvenient.

Find out what Fern’s bad habit is after the jump!

This new routine that Fern has brought into our daily schedule is the need to get out of the house. Every. Single. Day.

This is all well and good most of the time, because I keep a pretty packed schedule and on most days we get out of the house for some activity or another be it grocery shopping, meeting up with friends, prep days for styling gigs – I just bring her along. But, some days I just feel like staying home and doing nothing to recuperate from all the days filled with busy-ness. You know those days when you feel like staying cozied up under blankets on the couch and snuggling all day? Unfortunately Fern doesn’t share my sentiments.

I’ve noticed that on our “stay home days,” Fern will get really fussy in the afternoons, even after a nap. I couldn’t figure out why. She wasn’t tired, her diaper was changed, she wasn’t hungy…what could it be? But, once I tested out my hypothesis with a trip to the grocery store or a walk to the park her mood changed instantly like magic.

Apparently my baby is a little person on-the-move and needs outside stimulation now. I guess I should be thankful that it gives me an excuse to get out of the house, but I have to admit that I’ll miss those lazy days of staying home!

Do any of your babies have this habit?

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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6 thoughts on “My Baby’s Bad Habit

  1. Jessica says:

    It’s been the same with my 10 month old! I find that I have to plan at least one thing a day. Luckily, we live in walking distance to a mall.

  2. Lauren says:

    yup! I don’t know if I’d call it a habit, but at her age babies are becoming tots and tots NEED to get out of the house. They need change of scenery, an infant may be content moving from excersaucer, to activity mat to bumbo, but an older baby def needs a broader expansion of their surroundings. It’s the beginning! Your schedule will be packed with activities/outings when she’s a toddler! :)

  3. Evlyn'sMama says:

    My baby girl, Evlyn, is 6 months old and doing the same thing. During the summer we have taken her on 1 or 2 hour walks per day along with outtings to the grocery store or friends’ houses. Now that the weather is getting cooler we haven’t been able to walk everyday and she is going nuts! She gets very fussy and nothing calms her but a drive to the mall to window shop or playing fetch with the dogs in the living room… my how she loves those dogs!
    I guess it is not such a bad thing though… My dogs love to play fetch and I love window shopping too. :)

    BTW: I love the name Fern! That is my grandmother’s name and I wanted to name my baby Fern but my DH said no.

  4. Tracey Egan says:

    Ny twins now scream for “Gananas” (Bananas in Pyjamas) the minute they wake up. Every day. Over and over. And over. It is my own fault really as I blogged a while ago (see link) about looking forward to the day when I could count on a few minutes peace once they developed a taste for TV. I shoulda known!

  5. Tracey Egan says:

    *My* not Ny, sorry

  6. Becca says:

    I’ve noticed that it totally helps for my boys to get fresh air every day, even if that means going in the backyard for a bit. It usually helps me feel better too!

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