Your child is entering one of my absolute favorite ages of all time! I especially love ages 6 months all the way to about 15 months because babies are generally happy, expressive, sport adorable chunky rolls, start to babble, and sleep through the night (or at least I hope so). :)
Here’s what you can expect by the end of the sixth month.
|Little Brother could sit up with support and alone (for a few seconds at a time) at 6 months|
- Tummy Time: I know you’re probably tired of me going on and on about the importance of tummy time, but it pays off! Continue with at least 30 minutes of tummy time each day until your child begins to sit up on his own. After that, your tummy time work is done!
Read, read, read! It might sometimes feel monotonous or perhaps like your baby couldn’t care less, but continue to read to her anyway. She’ll probably like books with texture at this point in time. Not only will she enjoy hearing your voice, she’ll begin to recognize pictures and start to correlate pictures of objects with the verbal words.
|One of my boy’s favorites…Moo Baa La La La|
- Go for a walk: Weather permitting, try taking your little one on a walk each day. He’s hearty enough by now that he can even go out on cooler days and he’ll enjoy getting to see the world around him! Plus, it’s a great time to talk to him and tell him all of the things he sees. Make sure to keep him in the shade or use a sensitive baby sunscreen (now that he is 6 months old).
Enjoy an exersaucer or stationary activity center. Once your baby can hold her head up and sit with support, she might be ready to try an exersaucer (or jumperoo). These are great for developing the muscles in the legs, though not for extended periods of time. Put your child in an exersaucer for no more than 20 minutes per sitting! Avoid baby walkers with wheels as they are considered dangerous by the AAP.
- Peek-A-Boo: Playing “peek-a-boo” helps your baby learn about object permanence…an important development milestone for babies. Find out why “peek-a-boo” is so important here. Don’t be surprised, however, if your baby doesn’t seem interested at first. Just keep trying!
Ask your doctor if your baby:
- Seems very stiff, with tight muscles
Seems very floppy, like a rag doll
One or both eyes consistently turn in or out
Does not respond to sounds around him
Head still flops back when body is pulled up to a sitting position
Does not turn her head to locate sounds
Reaches with only one hand
Seems inconsolable at night
Does not babble or attempt to imitate speech
Shows no affection for the person caring for him/her
Doesn’t roll in either direction
Doesn’t smile spontaneously
- Do you have any questions? Leave a comment!
- Likewise, veteran parents…feel free to chime in with anything I forgot to cover or with any tips you may have.
Shelvov, S.P., Hannemann, R.E., & Trubo, R. (2004). The American Academy of Pediatrics: Complete and Authoritative Guide for Caring for Your Baby and Young Child. Bantam Books.
*Every family should have this book on hand!
Reisser, P.C. (2007). Baby & Child Care: From Pre-Birth through the Teen Years (Focus on the Family Complete Guides). Tyndale House Publishers: Carol Stream, IL.
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