6 months old

Development and Milestones

Development

While we want to stress that every baby is different and follows his or he own milestone schedule, you can expect your baby to be more alert, active and even mobile this month. Just because your baby might not be crawling or walking doesn’t mean he or she can’t figure out a way to wiggle from one end of the room to the other. This means you have to be even more careful than ever not to leave your baby unattended in a room or on a changing table. And because of this new desire to wiggle, move and roll, those cutesy photo-op worthy newborn outfits – you know, the ones with the bows, tulle and stiff fabric – should be replaced with more comfortable, movement-friendly clothing.

Some other things you might notice include your baby:

  • Fully sitting without any support from mom or dad
  • Rolling over, even if it’s just one way
  • More babbling with new vowel-consonant combinations
  • Pulling to stand
  • Being able to stand while holding onto you or onto furniture
  • Passing toys from one hand to another (Yes, this is a milestone!)
  • Creeping backwards or even crawling (Don’t panic if your baby isn’t doing this yet – it’s still early.)
  • Pulling up to stand from a sitting position

Play

Although playtime can finally start to be more interactive and entertaining for the two of you now, it’s also an opportunity to reinforce motor skills and cognitive development.

  • Give your baby plenty of space on the floor to practice skills like rolling, creeping and pulling up to stand. We love jumpers and exersaucers for short bursts, but the best place for your baby is still on the ground.
  • Practice reaching and grabbing by placing a toy within your baby’s reach and seeing if he or she will grab and move it.
  • Continue to imitate the sounds your baby makes to create a sort of mimicking game, hopefully encouraging him or her to start repeating the sounds that mommy makes.
  • Now more than ever, really engage your baby in conversation. Even if you have no idea what he or she is trying to say, pretend like you’re understanding and responding.
  • Make sure your baby has different sensory toys to touch and play with. Touch-and-feel books are a good way to explore different textures, as are household objects like carpet, rubber balls, wooden rattles and soft blankets. You can even line up a group of objects with different textures and watch your baby explore his or her senses.
  • It’s also more important than ever to continue reading to your baby. Allow your baby to get involved by helping turn the pages (if it’s a board book) and pointing out familiar objects. Even if he or she can’t sit through a full book yet, it’s always good to instill a love for reading.
  • If your baby is starting to bear some weight on his or her legs, you’ll find that your baby loves to bounce. Stand your baby up on your lap and gently lift your baby up and down until he or she gets the hint to start bouncing. Not only will it provide some smiles and giggles from your little one, but it will also strengthen the muscles needed for walking.
  • Continue to encourage your baby to explore his or her surroundings – banging, stroking, pulling and shaking.

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20 thoughts on “Newborn Care: An introduction to your newborn baby’s health

  1. Maribel Riel says:

    Since its my first baby i want to learn more. Your site is a good help for a first time mom like me. Thanks

  2. pavani says:

    thanks for providing information

  3. nancy inyene bassey says:

    My baby has cough and cattarh.

  4. kamakshi says:

    my baby has cough and cold tele me home medicine

  5. Faith victor says:

    This site is very informative. I appreciate it. Thank

  6. Chitra kohli says:

    thanx

  7. damsel says:

    my baby is 10 month she’s vomiting & her stool is white & watery.is it symptom of teeting?

  8. Eme says:

    am so afraid i could be pregnant four months after birth,though i have not seen my period and my husband came into me today.cos i allowed it. Could i be pregnant?

  9. JJ says:

    Hi i dont knw much bt the stools being white cud b something to do with liver of baby bt only if its like chalk white bt hope its not that id take my lo to docters just to make sure cuz the colour of stool is a big concern and the vomiting ofcause bt hope baby gets better

  10. Mythily says:

    I was just gonna buy a pair of shoes for my 11 months old and lucky that i got to read this. Very helpful, thanks.

  11. bimal says:

    my baby is seven month old but can not sit up now what problem

  12. de dun says:

    My 6 month old is teething,she has cold and cattarh and hasn’t bn feeding well
    Am really worried

  13. madhumita rath says:

    my baby has cough &cold problem plz suggest me how to protect

  14. Tberry says:

    More enlightment on two month old baby.

  15. selamawit says:

    really good guide lines for all first time mom like me. thanks!

  16. My baby 4months and two weeks, he can roll over, pulling up, but he can’t sit without support. He can grab things and try to put in the mouth. He can only smile but not laughing, he blow bubbles a lot, yet he doesn’t recognize her name

  17. carol says:

    am a working lady and i breast feed my baby only at night but he has not yet seated yet he’s now 5 months ,what could be the problem?

  18. miriam says:

    My 4 months old baby is very active. feeds only on breast milk. Could d breast milk be the cause?

  19. jess says:

    Are you bottle or breast feeding?

  20. bhanu says:

    My boy 6month old. my baby has cold and cough not quire.pls tell me home medicine…

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