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.
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.
Although not yet talking, your baby is beginning to recognise their own name and should soon turn around when they hear it. Their random babbling will begin to sound more like words as they repeat the sounds they've mastered. From 7 months on, when your baby says ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ – or whatever their name for you might be – they now understand their meaning – although they may still get the words muddled up. Babbling, laughing, squealing or screaming are all ways in which they express their opinion. Encourage your baby to practise these new sounds and help them to master some words.
Milk is still an important component of your baby’s diet. From around 9months the rough feeding guidelines are around 3 feeds of 6oz. Include cereals made up with milk or add milk into other meals to ensure that your baby is getting enough
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.
It can take a baby 10-15 times of trying a certain food before they will accept it. Don't give up!
If they refuse a new food, do not try to force them to eat it as this will create a negative meal time experience. Instead, offer another food that they are familiar with and just try again another day. Patience is key!
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