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.
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.
Your baby’s eyesight is improving – they can now see further and focus better, even as far as their toes. As their world becomes a more entertaining and colourful place, it’s a good idea to keep your hair tied back or glasses out of reach. By 6 months their eyesight will have improved even more and they’ll be able to see across the room.
Remember that introducing new foods to your baby can sometimes feel like an endurance test. Don't go by their expression alone to decide whether they like a food or not. It can take up to 10-15 times of offering a new food before they decide they like it. For this reason making batches of different purees in ice cube trays and having a stock in the freezer means you can just use one or two cubes at a time and have some there to try again on a different day. Never keep anything longer than three months. Never re-freeze meals that have already been frozen.
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.
At around 7 months of age your baby needs almost as much iron every day as a 30 year old man does!
Iron is important for normal cognitive development. Their brain is growing rapidly in the first year of life so it is important to make sure your little one is getting enough iron in their weaning diet.
Babies have more taste buds than adults which may help to explain their strong feelings towards certain foods
It is normal for them when they experience a new or unusual taste to make a funny face - this isn't a sign that they don't like a food but just an indication that it is a taste they weren't expecting. If they turn their head and refuse to eat the food then this an indication they don't like the taste. But their tastes will change regularly so try again in a couple of days.
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