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.
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.
If your baby uses a soother then it might be time to start thinking about how to take this away. It might seem cruel if it does soothe or comfort them but the longer they use it, the harder it will be to stop. Your little one is also getting to a stage where lots of speech development is soon to happen and they might be less likely to chatter away with something in their mouth. Do it gradually, limit day time use first and then work on taking it away at nap time and then finally bed time too.
Offering your baby a rainbow of fruits and vegetables will not only help them to develop a love for lots of different varieties but it will also make sure they are getting a variety of nutrients. The more colours that you include the more vitamins and minerals they will be getting. If there are certain fruit and veg that your little one still won't take for you it is important not to give up. It can take up to 10-15 times of offering some foods before baby will begin to accept it. Persistence is key!
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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