Nutrition and your growing baby’s developmental milestones

Here’s what to expect from 6 to 12 months. But remember, babies achieve milestones at their own pace. If you have questions about your baby’s progress, talk to your doctor.

Early childhood nutrition can have an impact on cognitive performance, determining the future learning, working and thinking performance of your child. Help them to reach their full potential with a diet based on high-quality nutrition.


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How to stimulate baby development?

As your baby nears toddlerhood, playtime is more important than ever. Your baby’s brain is growing fast, and that drives their pursuit of cognitive, motor, communication and social milestones. Here are a few activities you can do together that are fun and will help your ‘almost’ toddler down the road of development.

Stimulation for babies at 6 months

Take turns hiding: Cover your head with a small blanket and let your baby pull it off to reveal you. Next, put it loosely over their head and pull it off. Your 6 month old will quickly catch on that the game works both ways.

Encourage communication milestones by responding to your 6 month baby’s exclamations as if they are using clearly spoken language and try to engage them in a back-and-forth “conversation.”

Stimulation for babies at 7–8 months

Babies of this age love to hear music, especially songs. Introduce different genres of music to your child.

Promote hand-eye coordination by putting some toys in a net bag, and show your 7–8 months baby how to take things out and put them back.

Stimulation for babies at 9–10 months

Get in the habit of waving goodbye. As your child develops socially, they will be able to imitate this simple gesture during the period when they’re having difficulty with your leaving.

Stimulate your baby’s cognitive and communication development through pretend play, like having a tea party or building a sand castle. Provide common household items for your 9–10 month baby to play with such as boxes, pans, spoons and keys.

Stimulation for babies at 11–12 months

To flex those motor skills, arrange the furniture so that your 11–12 month baby can easily—and safely—move around by holding onto various chairs and tables.



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