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.
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.
Playtime is the perfect opportunity for your baby to discover and learn new things. Play time allows babies to understand and discover the world around them and can encourage brain growth and development. As your baby gets more aware of their surroundings introduce your baby to different textures and colours. Sensory boards will keep your baby occupied while they learn about different textures. Building obstacle courses from cushions and toys will be exciting for your baby to crawl/ shuffle through.
It's much easier to give your baby a taste for healthy food now, than to try and change what they eat when they are older. It's important to remember that your baby can have a wide range of foods. If your baby doesn't like a particular food try offering it again in a different way i.e. if your baby didn't enjoy pieces of carrot try offering it mashed in a meal. Different textures can appeal to babies more so don't be afraid to experiment.
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!
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.
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.
Most babies take their first steps between 10-12 months but some are happy to hold off until later
But remember all babies are different - some will begin early and some are happy to wait until later. Try not to compare them to your friends babies'. They are all unique.
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