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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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Baby Week 47

The average baby will add 1 centimetre to their height every month at this stage

And they will go on to double their birth height by around the age of 3.

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Baby Week 48

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.

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Baby Week 49

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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