Professionals Reaching the digitally excluded Baby Express Issue 7 - Your sitting up baby Your baby may be sitting better than before. There lower back is getting stronger, so they can stay in one position without toppling over, and they may soon be able to sit on the floor on there own for short periods. As they learns to keep their balance while sitting, be ready to catch them or put lots of soft cushions around him. Being able to sit means they can get really interested in playing with small objects. There also getting better at exploring their toys, passing them from one hand to the other without dropping them. Watch what happens when they has a toy in each hand, and you then hand them a third toy. Do they drop one, or both, or ignore the third one? They may show any of these responses at different times. Fun and games with language Singing songs with your baby helps them learn. Nursery rhymes are great because they have repeated sounds and easy tunes – but you can sing whatever you know and whatever you enjoy! You may find your baby has favourite songs. Have you seen these films about nursery rhymes? Natalia, 11 months old, enjoying singing 'Row, row, row your boat' in the garden with her mum Alicia Natalia and her mum Alicia singing Incey wincey spider Breast milk or formula milk is still your baby’s main food, but from about 6 months she should start to try some other foods. You can try new tastes on a spoon and give her finger foods to hold, once or twice a day before her milk feed. She may only eat a few pieces of finger food or a few spoonfuls of mashed food – but she’s learning about food and how to eat it. At this age it’s all about trying new flavours and textures and getting used to moving food in her mouth and swallowing it. Here's a film on From Bump to Breastfeeding about introducing other foods to your baby's diet.