- If your baby has started ‘cruising’ around the furniture, always do a quick check to make sure there are no overhanging tablecloths, hanging cords, unstable coffee tables, ornaments, etc.
- Encourage your baby to hand you toys and then hand them back again (not forgetting to say please and thank you!)
- Play a game with your baby by copying the noises he or she makes - 'oohs' and 'aaahs,' 'mamamamama,' 'dadadada'
- Have you taken your baby swimming yet? Many babies love the water, and there’s no need to wait for immunisations to be completed before you go.
Finding a balance
Most babies seem to enjoy having a regular routine, and you may find that they are a bit more unsettled if you take them out of that routine. But - and it's a big but - you also need a life, and babies can learn a great deal from joining in with social occasions. So it’s good to try to strike a balance. For example, if a friend asks you to meet her in the high street for coffee, do you say no because it’s your baby’s usual nap time, or do you put the baby in the buggy and go, hoping they’ll manage to get a sleep on the way?
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Joining in with family mealtimes is an important part of a baby’s social development. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to time your meals around the baby, but it's a good idea to eat together when you can.
If you're having a takeaway, you can give your baby a 'takeaway' too - a ready-made HiPP Organic meal. They are cooked using only the finest ingredients with lots of exciting choices, such as Sweetcorn, Peppers & Chicken Risotto and Creamy Vegetable Lasagne to expand your baby's horizons. Even a baby who has already eaten will enjoy joining you at the table in the highchair with some finger food while you have your meal.
Say no to low fat, high fibre foods for babies
Healthy eating recommendations for adults aren't necessarily suitable for babies or young children. They are growing fast but only have tiny tummies, so they need foods that give good nourishment in small amounts and that are not too bulky. For example, it's always best to use full-fat (whole -milk) yogurts instead of low-fat versions for babies and children under two, and full-fat (whole) milk when preparing meals for your baby. And though a bit of granary toast is fine, babies don’t need to have large amounts of wholemeal everything at this stage, since it will fill them up without giving them much nutrition.
It's smart to stick with organic for your baby
On a body-weight basis, children risk eating up to five times more chemical residues in ordinary foods than we adults do! To be safe, it's best to stick with organic. Our HiPP Organic baby foods offer tasty, balanced nourishment for babies at every stage - and there are even more exciting recipes to try once your baby gets to 10 months. Check out the HiPP Organic foods for your baby at this stage.