Your baby is 50 weeks old

Your baby is 50 weeks old!

week 50

Did you know that from your baby's first birthday she can drink Cow’s milk as a main drink, so it will soon be time to ditch the formula and swap to milk. She can also have honey, pate, scrambled eggs and soft cheeses like Brie and gorgonzola, because her stomach and intestines are mature enough to handle more complicated foods and her immune system can handle honey.

Food and feeding

It is a good idea to eat as a family around the dinner table, so your baby can see you all tucking into your food. This will encourage him to start eating table foods with the family as his independent streak means baby mush no longer cuts the mustard. By now he can eat most of the foods you eat as long as they are cut up for him and have no added salt or sugar. As he experiments more with finger foods be prepared for messy mealtimes and put a sheet of newspaper below his highchair to catch any food strays.

Even if as a baby she may have gobbled up anything you put in front of her, you may find that she now says no to everything. This can be very frustrating for a parent, but it is a natural part of your child's development; she is asserting her independence. Although you can't force your child to eat, however, there are ways in which you can encourage her to have a healthy, well-balanced diet.

Top tips on how to cope with fussy eaters:

  • If your child isn't keen on a particular type of food, don't push the issue but try the same food again a few weeks later - you might be pleasantly surprised!
  • Offer your baby finger food; many babies and toddlers prefer to feed themselves as it gives them a greater sense of independence.
  • Don't label your child as fussy, as he or she will play up to the role.
  • Try not to give your baby any drinks within an hour of her meals, as this risks her filling up before she's even touched her food.
  • Cut down on any snacks between meals.
  • Let your child choose what to eat sometimes (within reason!).
  • Eat as a family wherever possible, so that your child can mimic your eating habits.

Find out how your baby will progress at 51 weeks

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