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.
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.
Encourage your baby to use a beaker around the time they start solids and aim to have them independently drinking from a beaker by 1 year of age. This can be a gradual transition and can take some babies time to get used to drinking from a beaker or Sippy cup. Most people find that in the beginning, offering milk or cooled boiled water in a beaker at mealtimes is a good way to get baby started. The flow of milk is much slower from a bottle and causes your baby to keep the teat in their mouth for longer periods of time. This can delay the development of speech and can damage their tiny teeth.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, oats and barley which are used to make foods such as breads, cereals and pastas. Gluten containing foods should be introduced gradually at around 6 months (no earlier than 4 months and no later than 7 months). Introduce one portion of a gluten containing food at a time and leave around three days before offering another gluten containing cereal to make sure that there are no adverse effects.
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.
Baby on the move! Watch out for crawling or "bum shuffling" soon
Usually babies learn to crawl somewhere between 7-10 months however, some babies won't crawl at all and will skip straight to pulling up, standing and walking.
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