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!
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 at this age soon begin to learn what happens to an object if they release it from their grasp or throw it. Practising this newly acquired skill can prove most enjoyable for them – although, understandably, perhaps not quite so much fun for you! This is also a time when some babies learn to crawl, although not all babies take to crawling - some prefer to shuffle around on their bum and others progress straight from standing up and leaning to walking.
Don't forget to give your baby their vitamin D3 supplement. The Department of Health and Children now recommends that all babies are given 5ug of vitamin D3 each day until they are 12 months old. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and give the correct dose. Consult your pharmacist, nurse, doctor, or dietitian for advice.
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.
A baby's strongest sense is smell
This is evident from the time they were newborns when they recognise the smell of their mother over other women. At this time they won't know enough to recognise what certain smells are but they will be comforted by smells that remind them of a positive time - like breastfeeding or a cuddle from mum or dad.
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