• 26 Week Old Baby Milestones 👶

    Baby has made it to the 6-month mark (woo hoo!). As his cognitive development matures, you may notice that he is able to entertain himself for longer periods of time. What a huge accomplishment for both baby and Mama! Since he is better able to hold his attention on certain tasks for longer stretches, try providing stimulating toys and objects for him to explore—think less light-up/noisemaker toys; more active/manipulative toys. Here are a few ideas for you: 

    Newborn Toy Chart

    • Think this vs. this
    • Try books with different colors and textures, vs. books that have buttons/lights/sounds

    By providing toys and objects that allow self discovery, we give our children the opportunity to develop a positive sense of self and accomplishment.

    Big changes continue to happen in the gross motor department as well! Baby may be sitting up, starting to crawl, and moving his body all over the place (whoa baby!). Before he gets too far, now may be the time to start thinking about baby-proofing your home. Check out some of these tips on how to effectively babyproof your home. Just remember: The goal is to reduce the amount of trouble that your child can get into—no amount of futzing with your space will ensure it’s perfectly safe.

    26 week old baby Ruby Mama Natural Baby Tracker

    Reader photo of 26 week old baby Ruby.

  • You at 26 Weeks Postpartum 👩

    Have you been bitten by the travel bug? The thought of traveling with a baby in tow can seem like a pretty scary thing. Don’t fret, mama. Now that baby is a little older, has a slightly more predictable schedule, and has a stronger immune system, many families decide to travel (with baby) for the first time. We’re here to help by giving you some tips for traveling with your little one in tow. Here, you will find 10 tips for airline travel with your baby. Some important things to remember:

    • Travel outside of the “witching hour”: You know your baby’s best times of the day. Try to keep this in mind when booking your flights.
    • Arrive early to try to sit next to an empty seat: More space, less stress!
    • Prepare to nurse, nurse, nurse: If you’re still breastfeeding, nursing throughout the flight can help ease the flight. It also helps baby’s ears on the way up or down. (You can also try a pacifier or a bottle for a similar effect.)

    But perhaps the best advice is to try to remain calm and relaxed. Remember that your baby can pick up on your stress—a calm mama (and papa!) means a calm baby. No matter how the flight is, your destination is in sight. Keep this in mind when the going gets tough!

  • Genevieve’s Week 26 Postpartum Update 🌞

  • 26 Week Old Baby Reader Story 💡
    We Traveled Across the World With a 7-Week-Old

    Baby Week to Week 26 Mama Natural

    Mama and baby enjoying their latest vacation.

    There’s no doubt about it: Heading to Japan with a seven week old was an ambitious endeavor. But the trip was planned pre-baby, and we assumed we could explore with baby sleeping happily in the stroller. I expected everything to be largely the same, plus a few feeding sessions and diaper changes.

    What we didn’t know is the littlest member of our tribe wouldn’t accept anything less than being carried facing outwards in our arms. This guy knew there was a big old world to explore and he wanted to see it all!

    But the challenges came to a head one day when we were exploring the temple of 1,000 gates. Baby was inconsolable, and we had to carry the stroller up a ridiculous amount of stairs. I walked into the forest and sat on the ground to nurse in attempt to calm both myself and my baby. But I felt utterly defeated. It was in that moment that I realized I had nothing to prove. There was no scorecard. We didn’t have to do it all. I just had to go with the wind and roll with the punches.

    I wish I would have granted myself this grace earlier in the process. It would have been so much easier for all of us—and saved so many tears.

    We have since found our rhythm, and have traveled to more far-off places, like Indonesia and Thailand. Baby has forced us to slow down—to accept the fact that we might have to pause to nap or skip a dinner out. And the big surprise? That lack of pressure has actually helped us enjoy ourselves more.

  • Hot Topics for Week 26 🔥

  • Try This With Your 26 Week Old Baby

    • Encourage baby's independence by allowing them to fed themselves, hold their own bottle, or hold their spoon during mealtime.