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.
Children who get enough iron in early life will do better in reading, writing and maths when they are in school
Exposing your little one to music is a great way to foster creativity and melody which can help with their speech development. It can also be lots of fun! Let your baby make their own music by banging on a drum, pots and pans, or having a toy piano or xylophone. You might find that they develop a love of music which will stand to them when they are older!
Coming up with new breakfast ideas for your baby can be tricky. For some variety try baby porridge with chopped berries, cinnamon eggy bread, mini homemade blueberry pancakes, chopped fruit and yoghurt, toast fingers, scrambled egg and chopped brown bread, a hard boiled egg chopped up, mashed avocado on mini pitta breads or some Aptamil oats, apple and plum muesli.
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.
More than half of your little one's energy intake will go directly to their brain - more than twice the amount of energy an adult brain needs
So it is important that they are getting all the key nutrients they need to support this rapid growth and development during this phase - this will stand to them when they are older. Make sure to include 3 main meals and 2-3 healthy snacks.
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