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.
Finger foods will help to build your baby's independence with foods
Once they get a little older you may even find that they prefer picking up foods themselves than letting you feed them.
Once your baby is taking softly mashed foods you can start to introduce finger foods. Finger foods are completely new concepts for your baby so don’t get disheartened if they don’t take to them straight away. Finger foods help to develop your baby's hand-eye coordination as well as developing their mouth muscles further. Some great finger foods to begin with would be soft pieces of banana or well-cooked pieces of carrot. Let your baby pick these pieces up and feed themselves.
Offer a variety of well-cooked soft finger foods to begin and allow your baby to choose. Offer a rainbow of colours to ensure that your baby is getting a variety of nutrients. Cut the foods into shapes that are easy for baby to hold to help them get started. When your baby is well used to soft finger foods you can start to gradually introduce harder finger foods
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.
Random babbling and noises may soon start to sound more like words
Your baby will learn more and more words from you and from those around them. Even though they might not be pronouncing these words yet they are getting closer to it and their babbles will be more pronounced. Keep talking to them to continue their development.
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