As a baby grows throughout the first year, he will change what he eats. Sometimes teething babies do not want to eat because their mouths feel uncomfortable. Here are some tips for helping teething babies as they learn to eat.

Teething babiesRegular Mealtimes

It is very important to establish regular mealtimes. This gets teething babies into a comfortable routine that they can anticipate. Teething babies become fussier when they are not on a regular schedule. Keep to those regular mealtimes so that teething babies can get on a smooth routine.

Obtain the Proper Equipment

It is very difficult to get teething babies to eat if there is no highchair. Once you buy a good highchair, the whole feeding process becomes far simpler. Also, you will need bibs and little bowls, spoons and forks that are designed for this stage. Do not forget the little two handled cups. Those two handled cups really make it easier for teething babies to learn how to give themselves their drink independently.

Avoid Eggs and Honey

Neither honey nor eggs should be given to babies before one year of age. This is a very serious safety issue. There are many reasons not to feed eggs or honey to babies before one year. The reasons include the problems of bacteria as well as potential allergies and choking hazards.

Finger Foods

Finger foods are great for teething babies. What are finger foods? Finger foods are foods that are fairly easy to self- feed. Babies may learn to eat more easily with these. Some great finger foods include cooked vegetables, small pieces of banana, little bits of cheese, some cooked rice and crackers. Other great foods are cooked pastas and yogurt. They may still need help with feeding the plain yogurt but it will be worth it because yogurt is healthy.  All the food should be in very small portions. For example the serving size is about two teaspoons. That is how they begin to eat.

Messes are OK

It is expectable that teething babies will make a mess as they learn how to eat. It is fine when they play with the food. That is how they learn best- through exploration.

The above are some key points to consider as teething babies begin to learn how to eat properly. Never force a teething baby into eating things in a certain way. Have patience and let them explore and soon they will be growing up enough to eat on their own.

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Many moms wonder how their cute babies will learn to talk.  How infants learn to speak is such a wonder. It seems so miraculous that one day the cute babies are just lying there and several months later, they can talk. What is this process that teaches cute babies to learn how to speak? Here is a month-by-month description of language development in the first year.

Baby girl learn to talkNewborn – As newborns, babies know their mother’s voice.

One Month Old – At one month old, cute babies will smile back at you and try to repeat your sounds repeatedly. It is good to say the baby’s name during this time frame.

Two to Three Months Old – During the two to three month time frame, the baby uses crying, cooing and some giggling in order to communicate.

Four Months Old – When the baby is four months old, he will use fussing at times to interact. Also, he may giggle and make various sounds. It is a good idea to talk to him a great deal during this time frame.

Five Months Old – At five months, cute babies often talk to themselves and make various noises. He will know and understand his name too.

Six to Seven Months Old – Six month old babies repeat sounds. They also babble and squeal in delight.

Eight Months Old – At eight months of age, babies make double sounds. Examples of this include “ma-ma” “da-da” and “bye-bye.” This forms into little words and that is why this is an exciting stage for the parents.

Nine Months Old – At nine months, cute babies are really into making noises with their mouths. It is good to play simple games with them at this stage. Games such as peek a boo and singing songs are always popular.

Ten to Eleven Months Old – At this stage, babies are able to say no. They also imitate and try to say words. This is a fun age as well.

Twelve Months Old – At one year, your cute babies are able to understand a great deal. They are very responsive.

The above is a chart to give simple guidance about the beginning language development of your cute babies. It is important to play with your baby throughout. They do understand the tone of your voice and gradually they understand you more and more. Have fun with your cute babies as you watch them develop in their language skills and learn to interact with you more and more all the time.

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