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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 when he/she is trying the first solid foods in the HMF first 1,000 days album -

Day 500: 7 - 8 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!



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. 

  • 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


  • By now you should have started 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: Uses his tongue to move food around in his mouth hand to swallow, uses upper lip to clear food off a spoon, reaches for a spoon when hungry.
    - Brain & Cognitive Development: precise grasping, trial and error-learning approach, physical properties of an object are explored through playing.
    - Emotional Development: Begins to show curiosity, mimics reactions of primary caretaker.
    - Physical Changes: Sits independently.
    - Physiological Changes: First teeth appear, highest body fat content of infancy.


Complementary feeding at
7-8 months of age

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Recommended texture and frequency at 7-8 months of age:
mashed foods (thick enough to stay on a spoon) - 2-3 times a day (small bowl) + a healthy snack between meals

Video - complementary feeding at
7-8 months of age

Video - quantity of food with age

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