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8-14 months

This is a time in your baby’s development when they will start walking and talking much more. Babies learn and grow rapidly in their first year and there are many ways you can help stimulate their development.

My baby’s day at this age

  • Your baby’s feed, play sleep cycle is still the basic structure of your baby’s day
  • Try to do them in the same sequence at the same time each day.  
  • It’s always okay to make changes to feeding, play and sleep times to fit in with your baby’s tired signs.

Sleep times

  • By eight months your baby may be having only two daytime sleeps. 
  • If your baby becomes tired late in the afternoon, you may need to add a third short sleep. 
  • As your baby gets older he/she will move to one sleep per day.

My baby is still waking at night

  1. Your baby may still be night waking at this age or even start to wake at night. 
  2. Night waking can be due to separation anxiety which is a normal development stage for this age.
  3. If this happens, reassure your child and try to re-settle with minimal fuss.

Feeding

  • By 14 months your baby will be enjoying a variety of solid foods and eating meals with the family. 
  • A safe and solid high chair is a good investment.  Always strap your baby into the chair.
  • Continue to give your baby cooled boiled water from a cup and limit drinks with a high sugar content such as orange juice. 

Play with your baby

  • Play music, singing, dancing, nursery rhymes
  • Read stories
  • Visit friends, local parks or join a playgroup
  • Use pulling and pushing toys

TOP TIPS: Your Baby’s Day

  • As your baby becomes more mobile, make sure your home and play areas are safe
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