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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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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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Your baby is probably becoming a lot more alert and is watching and listening to everything you do and say. It may seem a little early to start worrying about manners but simple things like saying please and thank you to them will help them to pick up on this behaviour for when they are at that stage!

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Week 41

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It is important to offer your baby a wide variety of healthy foods to help them learn to love different flavours. Introducing as many different tastes and textures as possible now will help prevent them from becoming a fussy eater later on. Introduce foods from all the food groups, cereals, breads and potatoes, fruits and vegetables, dairy foods such as yoghurt and cheese, and meat, fish and alternatives such as eggs, peas, beans and lentils.

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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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Baby Week 43

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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Baby Week 44

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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Baby Week 45

Your baby's brain is growing rapidly and will continue to. By the age of 3, 80% of the adult brain is formed

That means that the foundations for their future are already being set. You can make sure that they are getting everything they need by making sure they are getting a healthy balanced diet and by nurturing their learning each day through talking to them, reading to them and playing with them.

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Baby Week 46

Children who get enough iron in early life will do better in reading, writing and maths when they are in school

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