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I have loved writing and sharing these monthly updates on Lilah, as she has grown over her first year. So much changes in such a short space of time, (babies grow 25 centimetres in the first year alone, and up to 0.5 centimetre a week!*), so I'm so glad I can look back on each month and see just what she was like then. But with her first birthday celebrated, it is time to share her last monthly update of her first year!

We had Lilah's one year checkup with the health visitor at the beginning of the year, where we got her weighed and had her height measured for the first time since she was tiny. As she was poorly over Christmas she didn't actually put any weight on (she was 18lbs 11oz at 11 months), but she is still on the 50th percentile so they weren't worried. Height-wise she is 73cm tall, which was also the 50th percentile. So although I've always thought she seemed diddy, she's actually pretty average! She's also got 10 teeth now - and another two molars on the way - which seems like soo many for someone so little.

Even when she was poorly she never stopped eating though. Lilah absolutely loves her food, and will eat practically anything we offer her (and also try and eat the things we don't too)! She's still having milk throughout the day though, as it's so important for her diet and nutrition.  Since turning 12 months we have switched Lilah from SMA® Follow-on Milk to SMA® PRO Growing Up Milk, and she has a beaker of this when she wakes up in the morning, and another before bed. SMA® Nutrition has been leading baby nutrition research for over 100 years, and their SMA® PRO Growing Up Milk contains vitamin D and calcium to support the normal growth and development of bones. 

Development wise I feel as if Lilah is changing and learning as each day passes. She has the cheekiest little personality now, and will perform to get a reaction out of you or make you laugh. She's grown so much stronger physically, this last month too. She's climbing on chairs and tables, is able to climb to the top of the stairs with ease, and she's practically running around now. SMA® Nutrition's team of nutritionists have an expert understanding of the changing nutritional needs of young children. Now that Lilah is growing into a toddler and not a baby, I feel as if this is extra important!

I cannot wait to watch Lilah grow and learn more over the next year. She is the happiest little lady I've ever met, and brings so much joy to our family. I just know there's a mischievous side waiting to come out though, so wish us luck!

What was your little one like at 12 months old?

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breast milk is best for babies and breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible.  SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk is suitable for babies over 6 months, as part of a varied weaning diet. Not intended to replace breastfeeding. SMA® PRO Growing Up Milk is suitable for young children from 1-3 years, as part of a healthy balanced diet and it is not a breast milk substitute. 

* Johnson CP and Blasco PA. Infant Growth and Development. Pediatrics in Review (1997), vol 18, no.7 , 224-242

Lilah's First Birthday DIY Cake Smash


A DIY Cake Smash is something we have done for each of our children's first birthday. They are such a lovely way to mark such a special occasion and perfect for if you're on a budget (or simply cannot afford a professional photographer). You can make them as extravagant or simple as you wish, as long as you have the basics of a cake and a clean background.

Lilah turned one back in January, but I realised that I never actually shared the photos from her DIY cake smash! It was so lovely to watch her explore and eat her special cake - especially as we never really let her have such sweet treats before. And of course extra special, as we let her big brother and sister get involved at the end too.

For the decorations, I hopped onto eBay and found this lovely pink bunting, to add a touch of colour. Lilah's 'ONE' birthday crown was also from eBay, and an absolute bargain! At first I had my heart set on a gorgeous handmade crown. But I knew she wouldn't get it on longer than a few seconds anyway, so this eBay one did the job perfectly. Her personalised vest was from Esty, and her tutu was from Next. And finally, the cake was a simple Victoria sponge from the supermarket - again I would have loved a beautiful handmade one, but why waste the money when it's designed to be smashed?

We then simply placed the cake in-front of Lilah, and let her explore. She was a little unsure at first, but after a little encouragement she got stuck in eventually. From experience I've found that breaking into the cake and showing them what to do helps - some babies just don't want to touch and get too messy!

You can see Indiana's cake smash here, and Parker's cake smash here. We've done each one slightly differently, so I hope they give you some inspiration!