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Baby Week 29

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.

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Baby Week 30

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.

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Baby Week 31

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.

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Baby Week 32

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.

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Baby Week 33

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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Baby Week 34

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.

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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.

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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.

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Baby Week 35

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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Baby Week 36

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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Baby Week 37

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.

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Baby Week 38

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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Baby Week 39

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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