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.
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.
As your baby gets a bit older it is common for some babies to experience separation anxiety. This is a completely normal emotional stage of development so try not to worry. Playing peek-a-boo is a lovely way of helping them to understand that out of sight doesn't mean out of mind. It is also important to say goodbye when you are leaving so your baby gets used to you leaving and returning. Choose someone that your baby is familiar when this phase of emotional development starts.
Vitamin D is very important for healthy bones and teeth. It helps to absorb calcium in the body for good bone health. It is recommended that all babies, from birth to 12 months, (breastfed or formula fed), are given a daily supplement of 5 micrograms (μg) of vitamin D3. There are some dietary sources of vitamin D which you should also aim to include in your baby’s diet e.g. Oily fish and eggs. Well cooked egg pieces are a great finger food for your baby to enjoy.
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.
If your baby continued to grow at the rate they are now, they would be 12 feet tall by the time they turn 18!
In the first 6 months baby will grow roughly 1.5 to 2.5 cm per month. From 6-12 months they will grow roughly 1cm per month.
Introducing lumpier and firmer textures will help develop your baby's ability to speak
As well as that, lumpy textures means they can chew a wider variety of foods which will improve their diet in childhood.
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