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.
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.
Your baby is becoming more inquisitive so make sure you have baby proofed your house. Your baby is learning and developing each day so enjoy this explorer phase. Choose comfy loose clothes to help your baby move around more easily. Don’t worry if your baby has shown no signs of starting to crawl. Babies usually start crawling between 7- 10 months but some don’t crawl and will bottom shuffle to move around.
Offering your baby a variety of healthy foods now will set them on the road to being good eaters later on in life. It will make them more likely to try new foods and more likely to be accepting of a variety of flavours throughout their lives. Once you have offered each food individually you can combine flavours and create new tastes for your baby. If your baby didn’t take to a particular food straight away try it combined with a food that they enjoy. Babies are very good at regulating their food and drink intake and they know when they’ve had enough so if they don’t finish all the food you’ve prepared don’t force feed them as they are full at this stage.
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.
At around 8 baby will usually be able to sit well without support for several minutes
Babies do develop differently so some may take a little longer. Encourage your baby to sit up alone by gently moving their legs out into a V shape to give them the balance. And encourage it by placing toys around them - they will love having their hands free to go exploring around them.
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