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.
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.
Your baby only has a few weeks left of being a baby! Soon they will be entering toddlerhood. Your baby's first birthday is a big milestone and although they won't be able to remember their birthday it is still a special time and it is nice to mark the occasion with a few close friends and families. You don't need to overdo it but if you do want to have a party, now is the time to start planning!
Finding healthy snacks or treats for your baby can be a challenge. It is important to limit sweeter options such as biscuits, chocolate etc. so that they are a very occasional treat for your little one. Instead of these some healthier snack options are berries, seedless halved grapes, rice cakes, veg sticks with a dip, cheese slices of cubes, homemade banana muffins or brown bread lightly buttered.
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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