The first six months of a new baby's life are very exciting. There are many new developments that your child may be starting to experience. Here is a look at what you can expect at this age.
At six months, babies usually begin to explore the many sounds and noises they can make. They will often like to squeal, growl, yell, blow raspberries, and may even start to string together consonant and vowel sounds like "bah" or "guh." You can help them develop their language skills by talking to them and reading to them as much as possible (CDC, 2016).
Your child will likely become a social butterfly at this age. They may love to maintain eye contact and try to mimic sounds you, or anyone else makes. Your baby may also love to laugh with you and squeal with delight when you talk to them. They should be trying to interact with you and respond to your voice. They may also become startled by loud sounds (WebMD, 2017).
Your baby may start to roll over at this age. This is a fascinating development in your child's physical movement milestones. It also means it is imperative to watch over them carefully and ensure they are safe at all times. A baby can easily roll off the bed, couch, or changing table during this new phase (WebMD, 2017).
Your child might also be starting to sit up alone without help from you. As your baby becomes more physically active, they will have an easier time exploring their new mobility while dressed in comfortable clothing. Onesies and soft, stretchy pants are an excellent choice to allow your child to explore their surroundings safely. Six-month-old babies love to wiggle and roll around, so comfy clothing is a must (Hockenberry, & Wilson, 2009).
Children can usually begin to explore the word of solid food at six months of age. Offering a variety of foods can help your child learn about color, texture, and smell. They may also enjoy finger foods like small pieces of soft fruit, cheese, or vegetables in addition to traditional pureed foods (Hockenberry, & Wilson, 2009).
Once your baby turns six months old, they may be starting to hit some exciting milestones in speech and movement. Keep in mind that each child is an individual. There can be many reasons that they may reach certain milestones earlier or later than others.
CDC. (2016). Important Milestones: Your baby by six months. Retrieved from cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-6mo.html
Hockenberry, M. J., & Wilson, D. (2009). Wong's essentials of pediatric nursing (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier.
WebMD. (2017). Baby Development: Your 6-month-old. Retrieved from webmd.com/parenting/baby/baby-development-6-month-old#1
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