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.
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.
While nothing can compare to the bond that your baby will have with you, there are often other people in your life that have a big impact on your little one’s life. People like grandparents, close friends and other relatives can all be very involved in your baby’s development. Make sure that you have chats with these people so they are aware of what you want for your baby in terms of certain things such as foods to offer. This will help reinforce things with your baby and can avoid any misunderstandings.
Fried food is high in fat, so opt for baked potatoes over chips and grilled chicken over nuggets. When you do cook with fats, choose healthy oils such as olive oil or rapeseed oil over saturated fats (animal fats, hydrogenated oils). These simple swaps will help make a difference to your baby's health. Invest in some herbs and spices to add flavour to foods.
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.
Babies learn signs before they can talk. They learn the meaning of waving goodbye, hugging and kissing long before they can speak.
Encourage this development and always say the words along with the actions so that they can begin to put these together in their mind.
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