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Baby development: The first seven months

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From her eyes to her movements to her language: you're smitten! Your baby will be reaching a number of key stages in the first seven months. Here's what to expect.
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Three Days of Toddler Menus

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Between finicky appetites and a penchant for junk food, meal-planning for toddlers can be a real challenge. Looking for ideas? Check out these nutritious, tasty, easy-to-prepare menus your toddler will love.
Easy, healthy meal-planning for toddlers

Formula Feeding

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While breast milk is ideal, most babies get some formula at least part of the time -- and that's okay! We'll tell you how to choose the right formula, how to prepare it safely, important precautions, and more!
All about formula feeding

Toddler snack attack

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Young children need to eat five or six times a day. For help coming up with healthy snack ideas, check out our suggestions for toddlers age 1 to 3 years. Plus, foods to avoid and a word about juice.
Best snacks for toddlers

Great ideas for nutritious meals

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Feeding Your Toddler Young children are creatures of habit, especially when it comes to what they eat, and it's easy to keep serving up what you know will be eaten. But variety really is the spice of life when it comes to food and it's worth regularly introducing new tastes and textures to your toddler's diet. If your child is quite fussy and you don't want to have your meals rejected, try adding just one new ingredient into a trusted recipe – such as pieces of fruit in your child's usual breakfast cereal. New vegetables can be disguised in pasta sauces and soups, if you reduce the mixture in a food processor.
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Baby Cuisine

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Gourmet Baby At seven months you can start introducing lots of new flavours to your baby's diet. Try to make the food you offer as diverse as possible to avoid fussiness later on. Be bold with your choices of ingredients, using fruit and vegetable types that you don't necessarily cook with all the time - even those you don't personally like!
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The art of feeding toddlers

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Table Troubles! Has your busy baby lost interest in mealtimes? Is your previously keen eater becoming fussier by the day? Don't worry, this is normal 1-year-old behaviour. Food is not a big deal for her right now. There's walking and talking to do, and eating just isn't enough fun! Put your mind at rest, with her growth rate slowing down and all that baby-fat stored away, she's got plenty of fuel to get her through her busy days.
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Parents chatting with Marion Noble, Paediatric Dietician

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What's the best food to start your child on solids? How do you encourage a picky eater to eat? What juice is good for toddlers? For answers to these nutrition questions and more, read on!
Answers to your nutrition questions

Is your child eating a balanced diet?

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Toddler Food Guide Are you happy with your child's diet, or do you worry that certain food groups or vitamins and minerals may be missing? Children at this age don't eat huge amounts of food so it's important to ensure that what does get eaten represents a balanced diet. Get advice from your GP and use healthy snacks to supplement meals.
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Is my baby ready for cow milk yet?

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The White Stuff From 1 year of age you can start giving your baby cow's milk. But this doesn't mean that you have to give up breastfeeding if you are still keen to continue. Whether on breastmilk or already on formula, make the transition to cow's milk gradually as some children develop lactose allergies at this stage.
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Help! I think we've allowed our 13-month-old to eat jars of baby food too long. Although she loves crackers and biscuits, she wants nothing to do with more substantial table foods (e.g. what we're eating) and gets quite angry at us if we try too hard. How can we get her to move beyond basic baby food?
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How can I get my 13-month-old to eat something else besides baby food?
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My 15-month-old baby drinks a bottle of milk while he falls asleep in his cot. I have been told it's time to switch to a cup. Should I really stop the bottle? If so, how do I do that?
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Food on the go

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Fast Food For Toddlers Snacks don't have to be quick-fix tummy-fillers. They can be nutritious, too, and can form part of your toddler's balanced diet. Go exotic with chopped or dried fruit, opt for crackers instead of biscuits, and try to stick to milk and water for drinks, as fruit juices are not good for budding little teeth.
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Am I cooking the right food?

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Food Facts Busy toddlers burn off lots of calories. More often than not, they experience picky phases, too. So it's time to pay particular attention to the diet your child eats. If you're not sure that your toddler is eating enough to get all the vitamins, minerals and calories he needs, keep a food diary for a week and discuss it with your GP or health visitor.
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I have a 14-month-old daughter. I want to know why children should be on whole milk until 2 years old when the only difference is the amount of fat.
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Tempting toddler tastebuds

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Is your toddler too busy to eat? Does he prefer playing with food rather than eating it? Will he eat only pasta bows and nothing else? Don't worry. Fussy eating is common among toddlers, and we have tips to help.
Feeding a fussy toddler
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Every time I give my daughter whole milk to drink, she ends up having diarrhoea for a week. At first I thought it was a coincidence, but it has happened repeatedly. Is she lactose-intolerant, and if so, what other types of milk can she drink to still get the same amount of calcium?
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I have read a lot of articles on feeding and I understand that I should be offering my 15-month-old toddler a variety of foods. However, when she is focused on only one food, let's say macaroni cheese, do I make that for her when she refuses to eat whatever else I have offered, or does she go without and maybe have a small snack later? In all the articles I have read, no one has ever really addressed this issue.
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Menu Tips for Toddlers Who Hate Vegetables

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Does your toddler's mouth clamp shut at the sight of vegetables? Do you worry she's missing important nutrients as a result? Learn 10 ways to make vegetables more tasty and appealing so your child will eat them.
How to get your toddler to eat more vegetables

Food for fun and learning to be independent

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Happy Eaters Learning to feed herself is a real challenge for your baby - but it's a task that she relishes. Don't shy away from mess, or fuss too much about how much food actually makes it down her throat. Embrace the fun factor of feeding to promote a healthy, happy attitude to eating.
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How can I help my son drink milk or get calcium from another source?

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Your toddler needs calcium to be healthy and strong. But what if he won't drink milk? Learn what other foods can provide this vital nutrient, including cheese, apricots, baked beans, and more!
Good sources of calcium for your child
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My 15-month-old will allow me to feed him only in front of the television. If there is no television and I give him finger foods to eat himself, he will eat one or two bites and then say, "All done". On the other hand he will eat really well in front of the television. What shall I do? Is the TV-watching just a phase that he will grow out of, or a bad habit?
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Is too much salt a concern? Our baby is 13 months old and loves tinned soup but I noticed it has a lot of salt - 70 per cent of the recommended amount for one day. Should we remove soup from his diet?
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I'm 1 month pregnant and am still breastfeeding my 13-month-old daughter. When is an appropriate time to wean her? She's down to two feeds a day, one in the morning and one at night.
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