Send out the invitations, your baby will soon be turning 1!
It has been a long year and if anyone deserves a party it is you – oh, and your little one of course! So read these tips on surviving a kid’s birthday party, crack out The Woman’s Weekly kids’ party cookbook and start planning.
How is baby going?
Life is pretty much a never-ending party for your little one these days anyway. There is so much fun to be had, so much to explore and so many games to play. Some favourites will include the ‘throwing toys on the floor to see who picks them up’ game, the ‘chase the cat and pull her tail’ game and the ‘remove all the underwear from mummy’s drawer’ game.
Once your baby reaches his first birthday things should become a little easier at the dinner table. Your baby can now pretty much eat what the rest of the family eats.
It is recommended that babies stay on breast milk or formula until they are 12 months old but after that it is your decision on whether to continue either. The Australian Breastfeeding Association recommends babies be breastfed until at least 12 months, but the World Health Organisation recommends two years. Babies over 12 months of age should be able to drink regular cow’s milk – just make sure it is full fat – but dentists recommend switching to a cup at this age to help prevent tooth decay. There is no evidence to suggest toddler formula offers any necessary benefits to children who are eating a normal healthy diet.
Vaccinations are due when your baby is 12 months old. Make an appointment with your GP or your local immunisation clinic.
How are you going?
4 things to do now your baby is 11 months old
- Order some personalised invitations to your baby’s first birthday party
- Read reviews of baby cookbooks
- Read other mums’ experiences of breastfeeding a toddler.
- Read tips on settling your child into child care
Please note: All babies are different, these are generic guides and aren’t a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your health care provider.