With the right advice, pregnancy and motherhood can be a carefree experience.

Your baby's development


Just one year is enough for the tiny helpless bundle that is your newborn baby to grow into a proper little person. If in the early days you have to guess what they like and what they don't like, by the end of the first year they will show you very clearly, and perhaps even tell you.

It will start with involuntary smiles, which will slowly become real smiles, and with gurgling and reaching out with the hands. Soon your baby will be raising themselves up on their arms like a real gymnast, after which they will start moving around the room. At this point you will soon find yourself removing items that you once always kept within easy reach: glasses, phones and magazines will be moved to higher shelves, only for you to realise one morning that your baby can reach these too. Enjoy every day of this incredible development and don't bother yourself with comparisons.

Babies develop at different speeds. Parents can influence this development through play and the experiences they offer the baby, but certain things are programmed at birth and cannot be speeded up.

Above all, don't forget that your child is only a baby once. Don't be in a hurry. Let your baby teach you something about how interesting this world of ours is, and how little things can bring incredible happiness. And don't forget that the memories you make now will one day be priceless, so write them in your baby diary.