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.
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.
As your baby's personality develops they may become more assertive and display preferences for their favourite things, such as foods and toys, whilst shunning what they dislike. This is all very normal and encourages their independence by letting them make small choices – e.g. hold up two toys and let them choose which one they want etc.
If your baby is used to minced/mashed textures with soft lumps you can start to introduce foods with harder lumps and harder pieces of finger foods can be introduced as well if your baby is ready. Aim to include more than 2 textures in each meal and encourage your baby to try a range of finger foods e.g. well cooked pieces of meat and fish, fruit and vegetables and bread. Aim to include around 3 meals (4-6tbsp.) and 2 snacks in your baby’s diet.
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.
Babies learn faster in their early life than at any other time
When you think about it, in the first year of life they learn to feed, cry, soothe themselves, chew foods, crawl, talk, walk and much much more. There is so much going on in their little world so make sure you are nurturing this development each day.
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