The 12th month
Send out the invitations, your baby is 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.
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. You'll be able to introduce egg white to the menu and offer him cow's milk as a drink (make sure it is full fat milk). In fact, 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 with either, or switch to cow's milk. The Australian Breastfeeding Association recommends babies be breastfed until 12 months, but the World Health Organisation recommends two years.
Vaccinations are due when your baby is 12 months old. Make an appointment with your GP or your local immunisation clinic.
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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.
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