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.
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.
As your baby nears their first birthday you will probably start to see more of their personality coming through. Don't forget to encourage playtime and to talk to your baby as much as possible to help them develop into the little personalities they will become! It is so important to remember that every baby is different so try not to compare them to your friends' babies. Don't be disheartened if you see their baby walk or talk before yours. Everything will come with time.
By this age your baby is able to eat most foods so when cooking for the family you can prepare some of the same meals for baby. However, it is important to limit the amount of salt in baby’s diet so before adding salt, stock, sauces or gravy for yourself just remove a portion for baby. You can add flavour to foods for baby by using ingredients such as garlic, herbs, spices, lemon, chopped tomatoes, homemade or low salt stock. There are still some other foods which should be avoided under 12 months.
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.
By 12 months, baby's foot length will usually be half of what their adult foot length will be
By now your baby may be on the move whether it is crawling, climbing or taking small steps, and it is great to see them growing up before your eyes.
Your baby's diet now and heading into toddlerhood will influence their future health as adults
Research has shown that environmental factors such as nutrition can not only influence their health now but it will also play a role in adulthood health.
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