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.
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.
Moving your baby into their own room is a unique decision that only you can make. If you are starting to make the move allow baby to get used to their surroundings. Start with nap times to get your baby used to waking up in their new room. Putting something of yours in their cot can help as they can get comfort from your smell.
It can be common for babies to temporarily refuse their milk as they are being exposed to new and exciting foods. During this phase include some of baby’s milk in his solid diet as milk is still a vital part of your baby’s diet at this stage. Offering a milky cereal in the morning can help include milk in his diet. Your baby's milk intake will depend on their solid food intake but the rough feeding guidelines at this stage are 3-4 feeds of 6-7oz.
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.
A healthy balanced diet now will increase the likelihood of a healthier diet in adulthood
Research has shown that feeding patterns and food preferences are developed in infancy and this can affect your baby's childhood diet which in turn will influence their adult eating habits.
Baby knows what they want! Their developing personality means they may be more assertive now
You can allow them to show their assertiveness by letting them make simple choices - between two toys, different spoons or other simple choices.
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