Get ready for laughter! Baby will soon laugh and giggle regularly
Don’t be too hard on yourself, take as much help as is offered and sleep when the baby sleeps. You have probably heard these words of wisdom before but they are worth listening to, especially if this is your first baby. Make the most of this precious time getting to know each other – it all goes too quickly.
Stronger arms, upper body and neck muscles mean baby may soon sit up, wriggle or roll around
Desperate for sleep? Try and work out a routine where you put your baby down for a nap at regular times during the day and get the chance to rest yourself, this will be a big hurdle crossed. Take it in turns with your partner to look after your baby on weekend mornings so one of you can get a lie in.
Look out for your baby's first tooth from about 4-6 months of age
Many mums find their iron stores run low when they have young babies so make sure you eat plenty of iron rich foods, such as red meat or dark, leafy green vegetables. Eating healthily will give you and your baby the energy you both need. And of course you can still have the odd treat!
Your baby's brain will treble in weight by their first birthday
You should aim to eat small but frequent meals or snacks every 2 to 3 hours. Do bear in mind that keeping meals healthy does not have to mean you need to spend hours in the kitchen preparing in advance.
Babies have a natural reflex to swim until about 4-6 months, after this it must be re taught
Regular exercise will give you more energy and also make it easier for you to sleep and relax in the evenings. A mum and baby yoga class would be the ideal way to spend some quality time with your little one while keeping you active at the same time.
Chatting and singing to your baby will help their speech development
When life with a little one gets a bit crazy, meals made in advance are real life savers! Freezing can save you time when you need it the most by allowing you to prepare your favourite recipes ahead of time so that you can pull them out for a quick and easy meal when the time is right.
Studies have shown that chatting and singing to your baby can aid speech development. Although they might not be able to understand you, your baby will be able to process the sounds and eventually copy what they’re hearing. Simple, daily interaction – whether it’s talking, laughing or smiling will help them to develop. Another way to aid learning is to fill a plastic container with rice or pasta and let them hold it to practice using their hand and finger muscles.
Your baby is becoming more and more active as the weeks go by. Some mums continue to take their ante-natal supplements whilst breastfeeding, which provide a good source of essential nutrients but you still need to make sure you are eating a healthy balanced diet. Whether you are breastfeeding or bottlefeeding your baby it is still important that you eat a healthy balanced diet to keep you healthy and full of energy during this busy yet exciting time. Pack a piece of fruit and a cereal bar into your baby's changing bag as a quick healthy snack to keep you going between meals if you are out and about.
In the first 6 months of life, your baby will grow faster than they ever will again in their whole life
It can be both worrying and frustrating when your baby refuses new foods. Don't Panic! It can take up to 15 attempts before a baby accepts a new taste, so be patient and try things gradually. If it doesn’t work one day, just try it again later in the week.
Up until 7 months of age, a baby can breathe and swallow at the same!
Over the coming months your baby will be getting a schedule of immunisations to protect them from certain illnesses. To help you keep on top of all your appointments we have developed a Immunisation Tracker. Based on your child’s birth date, the App sends timely reminders to your phone when vaccines are due.
A baby's heart beats between 130 and 160 times per minute, about twice the heart rate of a normal adult
When starting to wean, we've got to admit that it's quite entertaining to see your baby’s reactions to the foods they try!
Babies naturally prefer sweeter flavours so offering vegetables before fruits can be a good idea
Increasing activity levels will mean they’ll need lots of space to explore. It takes them time to learn the meaning of “no!” so baby-proofing your home will help to keep your baby and your breakables out of harm’s way.
Babies are born with natural iron stores, but these are now starting to run out
If you’re using a bottle, allow your baby to hold it with both hands – it will improve their grip and free you up to do other things.
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