- Repetition of the same little games and songs helps babies with their learning
- Try putting a mirror where your baby can see his or her reflection
- It’s good for babies’ neck muscles to be put down on their tummies to play - a soft play mat with interesting colours and textures is useful here
- A bouncing cradle means your baby can see more - and it also bounces when baby kicks
Babies of this age…
- Gurgle happily and squeal with delight
- Are endlessly amused by their hands and feet
- Will start to put everything in their mouth
- Are getting better at watching moving things and seeing very small objects
- Can usually realise where sounds come from and will turn to look for them
Yet more jabs for your little one around 4 months - but no more now until around 12 months. For more information follow this link to the NHS vaccination planner.
Getting ready for weaning
You will soon be thinking about giving your baby the first tastes of solid foods. Another milestone - how exciting! And don’t forget, when you start, to record it in your Baby’s First Year Record Book.
Not before 17 weeks
It is recommended by health professionals that you should start weaning, ie giving solids, at 6 months, but it is also recognised that some babies are ready sooner than this. Don’t start weaning too soon, though, as no baby should have solids before the age of 17 weeks (their digestive systems are immature and it may be harmful). The decision to begin weaning before 6 months should only be made on the advice of your health professional.
Organic is the safest choice
Babies’ systems are vulnerable and they need the very purest and safest foods. Like many parents, you may choose to ‘go organic’ when you start weaning - after all, your baby deserves the best. Organic food has been shown to be more nutritious, it tastes good and, most of all, is grown without harmful pesticides.
Many health professionals believe it is safer to feed babies a diet that is organic*.
* Independent research conducted by Durdle Davies in 2005 and 2006
Find out more on the benefits of eating organic foods.
Get ready in advance and check out the organic fruit and vegetable sections in your supermarket. Organic carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, and other simple ingredients are good to cook and purée for your baby.
HiPP - organic experts
HiPP have a great tradition of delicious (organic and guilt free!) ready-to-eat weaning foods. On the baby food shelves in the supermarket you’ll find lots of HiPP Organic choices for those first tiny tastes. HiPP Organic Baby Rice, for example, is a gentle first food because it is very pure, simple and mild. Mix it with baby’s usual milk, or use it as a base for fruit or vegetable purées. HiPP Organic ‘Purely Fruit’ purées are also excellent choices.
Why not visit the HiPP online shop and get ready for weaning with one of our starter packs - everything you need to start weaning in one handy pack.
You can also download the HiPP step-by-step weaning chart. It contains everything you need to know.