You are encouraged to come to the MindUp regularly with your child (preferably every 100 days) for growth monitoring and promotion!

- Put a picture of the baby in the HMF first 1,000 days album -

Day 400: 4 - 5 months old

In case of concerns or difficulties after giving birth or breastfeeding, or concerning the health of the baby, a mother should always see a health professional at the local health center!

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Important messages:
 

  • First 1,000 days and the prevention of stunting:
    - The first 1,000 days covers the period of 9 months pregnancy + first 24 months of life
    - During this period children grow at very high speed: they triple their weight, almost double their height, and their brain makes millions of connections
    - This period is crucial for helping children to reach their full potential

    - Even before birth, the fetus is at risk if the mother lacks essential nutrients needed for the brain, bone, and organ development of the baby


    Note: Most stunting (low height-for-age) happens in this critical period and is almost always irreversible!
     

  • Growth monitoring and promotion is very important:
    Measuring the height and weight of a child regularly is important to make sure the child grows and develops well
    - The weight and height of a child can be seen and measured, but the most important growth of the brain cannot be seen, however, if we see that a child grows well in height, we can assume that the brain also is developing well 


    Note: The baby's weight should be measured monthly and the height every 3 months at the local health center or MindUp 

  • Breastfeeding

    Read and watch the videos about:
    - The importance of exclusive breastfeeding (the baby only receives breastmilk, no other liquids or solids are given - not even water) in the first 6 months of life
    - Breastfeeding positions and attachment to the breast (when necessary)
    - Benefits of breastmilk over animal milk or formula milk


    Note: If you are experiencing any problems with breastfeeding, it is good to discuss this with a MUM or a health care professional.

     

  • Responsive feeding and caring:

    It is very important to respond to the baby’s cues for feeding and comfort in order for the child to develop well and reach its full potential. 
     

  • Take vitamin A supplements:
    - You should take a vitamin A supplement right after birth (or within a few weeks) and one in 6 months after birth, this is important to ensure good health and protection against infections for both you and your child.
    - Vitamin A boosts your immune system and the baby receives vitamin A through breastmilk

    - Make sure your child gets a vitamin A capsule at 6 months of age

     

  • You should eat the following in the period that you are breastfeeding:
    - Continue to eat a few extra healthy snacks a day while breastfeeding
    - Drink plenty of water (2 Liters a day) and juice
    - Eat a 
    healthy and diverse diet

    - There are no special foods required to produce an adequate amount of breastmilk, the baby will make sure there is enough produced by drinking often

     

  • When your baby is 6 months of age, you can start complementary feeding:
    - At 6 months of age, breastmilk alone is no longer enough to meet the nutritional requirements of the baby, other foods and liquids are needed along with breastmilk
    - Complementary feeding is the transition between exclusive breastfeeding and family foods
    - Complementary feeding covers the period from 6-24 months of age, even though breastfeeding may continue to two years of age and beyond


    Note: Breastmilk is still the most important nutrition source at this age

     

  • Child development 

    Developmental milestones:
    - Eating skills: Breastfeeding is best (0-6 months) - Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life is the best nutritional start for babies, tongue moves forward and back to suck.
    Brain & Cognitive Development: By 4 months a child can grab objects. Movements become more purposeful, improved eye-hand coordination (able to transfer an object from one hand to the other), start to babble.
    Emotional Development: smiles for attention, exhibits fear, anger, and disgust through crying.
    Physical Changes: sits with help/support, on tummy pushes up on arms with straight elbows.
    Physiological Changes: doubles birth weight by 6 months, development of the acquired immune system, visual acuity and hearing mature.


 

Growth Monitoring and Promotion:
Messages related to the outcome of the length mat / growth curve

At 6 months of age, your baby's height is measured at the local health center or MindUp. The baby will be measured with the help of a length mat and the height will be plotted (automatically) in a growth curve.

According to the length mat/growth curve, your baby's height is in the following zone:

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Green zone:

 

Congratulations! Your baby is healthy and grows according to his/her age.



 

Yellow zone:
 

Thank you for checking the height of your baby! Your baby might be at risk of not growing according to his/her age. Don't worry there are things you can do to improve the growth and development of your baby.


 

Red zone:


Thank you for checking the height of your baby! Your baby is at risk of not growing according to his/her age. Don't worry there are things you can do to improve the growth and development of your baby.


 

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Starting complementary feeding
at 6 months of age

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Recommended texture and frequency at 6 months of age:
strained/pureed (thin consistency for cereal) - few table spoons

Video - introducing complementary foods
at 6 months of age

Video - quantity of food with age

More information about:

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Video - vitamin A

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