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.
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.
With their increased mobility it can also make you feel like you need to have eyes in the back of your head! They can be very quick to get themselves into mischief. It is a good idea to brush up on your first aid skills and to make sure you have a well stocked first aid kit in the house. Hopefully you won't need it but just in case!
Although your baby is nearing their first birthday and most likely has a good solid food diet, it is important to continue offering them their usual milk feed. Up until 12 months, their usual milk still plays an important role in supplying some of their key vitamins and minerals. Regular cow's milk is not suitable as a main milk drink until at least 12 months of age as it is too low in some key nutrients. However, you can use cows' milk in recipes when you are cooking for baby.
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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