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.
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.
By now your little one may be becoming more sturdy on their feet or are close to taking their first steps. Once babies are on their feet it is time to get them a proper pair of shoes suitable for walking outdoors. This is a big milestone so it can be easy to go overboard. It is important to go and get their feet measured but there is no need to spend a lot, particularly as they have lots of growth to do and will outgrow these shoes quite quickly.
Recent Irish research found that 23% of 1 year olds in Ireland were not reaching their daily requirements for iron and that 90% of toddlers (aged 1-3) were not getting enough vitamin D in their diet. Iron is essential during the toddler years to support brain development and vitamin D is important for their healthy growing bones. Aptamil Growing up milk 1-2 years can help to increase vitamin D and iron intake as part of a healthy balanced diet.
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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