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BABY'S FIRST YEAR

THE MOST EXCITING STAGE
IS WHEN THEY LEARN TO
SIT UP BY THEMSELVES
AND FIRST SEE THE WORLD
IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION

JO SAYS
'Parents can help
boost their baby's
development
by encouraging
them - which
will motivate
them to progress
and reach their
milestones. When
it's fun, babies
are happy to
be engaged
and explore.'

S ix to nine
months

WORDS: ALEX GALBINSKI, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES

'HE JUST SAT THERE...'
Odette Cohen, 43,
from London, is mum
to Archie, six. As a
baby, Archie's slow
development was a
cause for concern
'When he was born, Archie
didn't feed well. He cried a lot
and wouldn't make eye contact.
I would sing to him, but he
wouldn't acknowledge me.
'At four months, he wasn't
rolling over. When he did sit up, at
nine months old, he just sat there.

He bum-shuffled a little - but he
still wasn't making eye contact.
'My firstborn had been textbook
at hitting his milestones, and I
wondered if there was something
wrong with Archie, so I saw a
private paediatrician a few times.
He did some tests, but said
there was nothing physically or
mentally wrong at all.
'He said he was choosing not
to do these things and that all
babies are different. Archie is
now absolutely fine - and is
quite a character.'

During these months, your baby will
start to sit up, at first with support.
'The more time you spend with
your baby on the floor, getting them
to reach out for objects, the more
strength they will build,' says Elaine.
'But nothing is set in stone. If your
baby is unable to sit unsupported by
nine months, see your health visitor.'
During these months quite a lot
will happen to your baby in their
development. The most exciting
stage is when they learn to sit up by
themselves and finally get to see the
world in an upright position. Some
babies start crawling too, although
it is still extremely early for this;
for the vast majority this is a time
when they learn they can move their
bodies forward, scooting across the
floor on their bottoms or pulling
themselves along on their elbows. >

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