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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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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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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!

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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.

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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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Baby Week 50

It may be time for baby to get their very first pair of shoes soon

This is a big milestone for you and your baby, but remember not to go overboard - they will outgrow these quite quickly.

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