- Talking to your baby and playing and singing together helps brain and body development
- Clapping and action rhymes help to develop co-ordination
- Singing and talking helps communication skills
- Standing or bouncing baby on your lap helps muscles to strengthen and develop
- But don’t feel you have to constantly occupy your baby - he or she needs quiet times too, to play and to look around
Babies of this age….
- Start to make different and repetitive noises such as da da (sorry, but da da usually comes before ma ma!)
- May sit up well by themselves - but don’t forget the cushions in case they topple over
- ‘Talk’ away to themselves and in response to you
- May lunge forward to reach things, nearly getting into a crawling position
Your baby learns new skills every day
Sitting up, laughing and giggling, ‘eating’ everything, picking up small objects - how delightful and clever your baby is! New skills continue to be mastered every day. What did your baby do today and what sounds can he or she make? Record all the details in your HiPP Baby’s First Year Record Book.
Babies develop at their own pace
One thing you shouldn’t get hung up about is whether your baby is reaching all the developmental milestones at the ‘right’ time. Every baby is different and will be in front of others in some things and behind in others. One baby may be walking at 10 months; another may still be crawling at 15 months. It’s not a race. Just take the time to enjoy every stage as it comes and not wish time away.
It’s time to start introducing foods with more texture at the occasional mealtime. Learning to chew is important for babies’ development (and has an effect on speech development too). Babies can chew even if they have no teeth. It can be a little worrying for you at first, as baby might spit out the lumps or even cough them up to have another chew at them!
HiPP Organic Stage 2 varieties from 7 months contain just the right amount of small soft lumps for babies learning to chew.
Check that you are giving your baby some foods that are rich in iron. This is important because the stores of iron babies are born with run out when they are about 6 months. To improve iron absorption, give foods or drinks rich in vitamin C, e.g. fruit or diluted fruit juice, at the same meal.
Mums should think about whether they’re getting enough iron, too (most women under 50 aren’t). Did you know that drinking tea with meals (e.g. tea with an iron-fortified breakfast cereal, or tea with a meat dinner) REDUCES the absorption of any iron in that meal? So it may be best to avoid drinking tea at main mealtimes.
If you can continue with a Follow-on milk past 12 months, it may be beneficial since your baby will have used up the stores of iron he or she was born with and needs iron in the diet. Find out more about HiPP Organic Follow on Milk.
3 meals a day?
If your baby is enjoying three meals a day, try dropping one milk feed and offer water or diluted fruit juice in a cup or beaker instead. There’s no need to boil tap water for babies over 6 months, unless you are using it to make up milk feeds.
Have you got your copy of the HiPP Organic Weaning Chart?
You can find more ideas for foods for your baby - and quantities to give - on the HiPP Organic weaning chart.