How is my baby girl already ONE?! *sniff sniff* Her first year went by way too fast. I was looking at our photos and videos the other day and she has changed so so much - not even just since birth, but even from a few short months ago. She is growing like a weed, and I know more changes are just around the corner (uh hum, approaching one-nap-a-day territory... yikes!). But some big changes have already been happening just beneath our noses, from walking to expanding her vocabulary, this little girl has been busy bursting through those milestone doors into toddlerhood.
Anyway, here are some major changes we have recently made that have just solidified that we officially entering, gasp, TODDLERHOOD!
First, we recently switched Luna over to a convertible car seat (aka mommy wow, I'm a big kid now!). Technically we didn't need to switch her over quite yet since she's only 18.5 pounds and 29 inches (our car seat allows up to 35 pounds or 32 inches, whichever comes first). But we decided it was time and she'd probably be more comfortable being able to sit up and look around a little more since she doesn't nap in the car. And guess what?! We both LOVE it! She likes being able to see around her more and I like that I can recline my front seat a little more from when we had the infant car seat.
Next, she had her very first pediatric dentist appointment recently and we have started introducing a toothbrush to get her both familiar with and comfortable with having it around. She mostly just plays with it and chews on it but I am sure it feels good on her teeth and she has been watching mommy and daddy brush theirs with our favorite Burt's Bees toothpaste so we've been trying to show her how it's done. Lots of "this is the way we brush our teeth..." songs haha.
She is still taking one nighttime bottle before bed each night, so afterwards we are just using the teeth wipes for now that our dentist gave us and once she's older and we've moved on from the bottle we will start using the new Burt's Bees toothpaste. I am chosing to go with Burt's Bees when Luna is old enough because it's formulated with ingredients you can trust without things like sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, parabens, artificial flavors and sweeteners, preservatives, plastic microbeads (ew), or blue, yellow or red dyes. Not to mention it will leave her mouth fresh and clean. They have both fluoride and fluoride-free formulas for kids and adults, and our pediatric dentist recommended the fluoride version as it is able to fight cavities. This is an early release, so be sure to get yours at CVS ASAP.
Another thing we recently did that signified toddlerhood was we flipped her crib mattress after we had her 12-month checkup appointment with her pediatrician. The infant side of the mattress is extra firm to help prevent SIDS and provide a safe, flat surface to sleep on. The toddler side is a little more cushion-firm to provide a little more comfort. Whether I want to admit it or not, it's official: she's a toddler and my baby is growing up before my very eyes.
We also introduced honey now that she is officially one and entering toddlerhood. It honestly makes my life just a little bit easier knowing that I don't have to check labels incessantly for both eggs and honey. Hello honey-nut cheerios haha. And PS, she loves them.
Another thing? I am officially DONE NURSING. Can you believe it?! I can't believe I made it a full year. I am honestly so proud of myself. I told myself I would go for a full year and I DID IT! Honestly, I mentioned it in this post, but it was a struggle to let it go. Mostly for me. But I do feel a little liberated I guess, now that I don't have to pump before my early morning workouts and she can go down for naps a little easier and faster. So yes, we just kind of did it cold turkey. It was hard at first (she kept grabbing at my shirt and trying to get my buttons off haha), but she ended up kind of weaning herself when she caught a cold and didn't really want to drink much of anything. It was sad to let go, but it ended up working out for the best.
And lastly, we officially need to get our bums on the baby-proofing. Toddlerhood is no joke. I've done a few important cupboards (like the ones that house the chemicals and dog food etc...), but Luna is paying more and more attention to ALL the drawers and cupboards I was really hoping she would continue to ignore. But nope... she's into EVERYTHING! Especially my nightstand haha. So I ended up just loading it with things she likes to grab, like my chapsticks. Now she thinks it's a treasure trove and at least I know it's safe.
What did you guys do with your kiddos that signified official toddlerhood?