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.
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!
At 4 – 6 months you may well be amazed at the range of new sounds that your baby can make. Along with coos and babbles you may even be able to hear ‘ma’ and ‘pa’ words. It may be a while before your baby knows to call you ‘mama’ by name but it’s nice and incredibly entertaining to hear, nonetheless. You might also begin to hear genuine laughs or giggles – especially during playtime. Tickling is the most obvious way to encourage laughter. Enjoy laughing along with them - which shouldn’t be difficult - as this will also give them positive encouragement.
When starting your baby's weaning journey, remember that there are some foods that your baby needs to avoid. Before 6 months it is recommended to avoid giving your baby gluten containing foods like bread, pasta, cereals and eggs. After 6 months avoid undercooked eggs, cook them until both the yolk and the white of the egg are solid. Other foods to be avoided before 12 months are honey, nuts, unpasteurised cheese, shell fish, added salt (gravies, stock cubes and packet/jar sauces, can have hidden salt) and added sugar can lead to tooth decay and a sweet tooth.
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.
At 6 months of age, milk is no longer enough for your baby which is why weaning is recommended
Before your baby can eat lumps of food, they’ll need to start learning how to chew. It’s more about mashed textures, rather than lumpy food or finger foods.
In the first 6 months of life your baby's birthweight doubles, and it will triple by 1 year!
Don't be worried if your little one isn't dropping milk feeds just yet. Milk is still an important part of your baby’s diet as it provides essential nutrients to compliment your babys weaning diet.
Babies who eat more fruit and veg now, will eat more when they are 7 years old!
Research has shown that a healthy, varied weaning diet now will improve eating habits for your little one's whole life - even when they are adults.
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