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.
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.
Believe it or not - now is the time to get your little one used to helping around the house! We won't be asking them to do anything too strenuous but they can pick up on little habits that will stick with them. Even getting them to put their toys away with you after playing or to give them a little dustpan and brush will help with their development. They can also find hours of fun in the smallest tasks!
Your baby is growing and changing every day. To support all of this growth they need a healthy balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Iron is a key nutrient for your baby's developing brain so include iron rich foods in their weaning diet such as red meat, chicken, eggs, leafy green veg such as broccoli and spinach and pulses such as peas, beans and lentils. Vitamin D is another key nutrient in their diet for healthy bones. Sources include oily fish and eggs and remember to keep giving their daily vitamin D drop until 12 months.
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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