Your baby this week
Your baby is a great problem solver, but will have her own unique way of dealing with a situation. Some babies quietly get on with trying to solve a problem (getting her toy from a hard-to-reach place for example), while others will exhaust every method and won’t give up until they have solved the problem.
Some might display the start of an early tantrum until the toy is got for them! You can help by showing your child where the toy is, but then putting it back in a hard-to-reach place so your child has to work to get it. That way you are helping, but also encouraging her exploration and cognitive skills – and it’s much more rewarding for both of you when she eventually gets the toy and looks pleased with herself. Babies can be very frustrated at this age as they are on the brink of learning to communicate but find it hard to get what they want across to you.
You this week
If you notice your baby having fussy eating habits it might be time to inject a bit of fun into mealtimes. If your baby loves to eat what is on your plate, spoon some of her food onto your plate and feed it to her. Alternatively, give her a spoon if she likes to feed herself, but make sure you have one too so you can put mouthfuls in between play. Buy her colourful pots and plates to eat from.
If they have a picture at the bottom your child may love eating just so she can see whoever is on her plate. The older you child gets the more wary she will be of trying new foods, so try to introduce her to lots of new tastes before she turns one. Don’t be afraid of mixing unusual combinations; you probably eat ham and pineapple pizza for starters!