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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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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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Your baby is starting to understand many simple words and phrases so it is really important to take some time to encourage their development. Reading to your baby daily will help build your baby’s vocabulary, stimulate their imagination, and improve their communication skills. The more you speak to your baby from the get-go, the better it is for their growth and development. When you are cooking or preparing meals talk out loud to baby and repeat the items names.

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Snacks become an important part of your baby’s diet. Babies tummies are small - they need to eat little and often so offering 2 healthy snacks along with their 3 meals will keep your little one satisfied. Offering healthy snacks/ finger foods such as vegetables/fruits, bread/ pieces of pasta or meat/fish will encourage them to be independent eaters.

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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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Baby Week 40

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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Baby Week 41

A baby's brain contains about 100 billion neurons

They are capable of learning and taking in everything around them. You will notice this as you see your baby react more and seem to watch everything you are doing.

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Baby Week 42

Babies are much better than adults at regulating their food intake - don't force them to finish everything on their plate

When they have had enough they will turn their head away. After about 20 minutes just take away any uneaten food. Trying to force them to clear their plate will result in negative meal time experience.

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