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6-Month-Old Baby

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Here comes the age when you can start feeding your baby solids. Your 6-month-old baby would also want more naps which allows them to have more energy in sitting up.

As parents, one of the most special moments while witnessing your child’s development is when they are achieving their “first milestones”. First crawl, first time to eat solid food, first time to say ”mama” and “dada” and the first time to walk. These actions may look mundane for us adults, but for babies, they are exciting milestones that every parent would like to witness since it is one of the first signs of a baby to become independent as they learn to move upright on their own.

Every month of a baby’s life is filled with exciting milestones but always remember that every baby is different and it also speaks on the pacing of their development. For instance, learning and attempting to walk – some babies may be attempting to stand and walk off on their own after just six months, while others will be over a year old attempting to walk.

Today, we will focus on your baby’s 6th-month age: the developments, their needs, the milestones, and what you need to expect.

Your 6-month-old baby's growth

With a continued diet of formula or breast milk at around 30 ounces a day, your baby boy may now weigh between 13 to 23 pounds. This weight is very much achievable with the integration of solids like cereals, fruits, proteins at 1-9 tablespoons per day. Also, he might measure between 24-29 inches.

Meanwhile, if you’re growing a little girl, then she might be between 12-22 pounds. Her measurements might range between 23-28 inches.

Remember that when feeding your tiny cutie, keep your eyes peeled to the dos and don’ts of their diets. Introduce new food only one at a time. Avoid some foods like honey until their first birthday, for example.

What To Expect With Your 6-Month-Old?

Due to an improved and increased size of a baby’s body parts, they are now able to accomplish minuscule tasks that typically require better coordination.

Remember that each baby will have different paces on when they will be able to do the tasks we will be listing down below, so don’t be worried if your 6th-month-old child cannot do these tasks.

Here are some milestones that most 6th-month-old babies can do:

Physical Development

  • Learns how to pass an object from one hand to another (like toys)
  • Gets to roll from front to back and vice versa
  • Can sit upright without support
  • Initiates to stand up by himself with support
  • Tries to crawl
  • Likes to play with others, especially their parents
  • Starts to raking grasp objects and will progress to a pincer grasp
  • Starts to have eye contact with other people

Mental Development

  • Learns to make specific sounds depending on their emotions (happy sounds or frustrated sounds)
  • Will respond when talked to
  • Recognizes familiar faces
  • Also recognizes strangers and will get triggered (cry or reach back for someone familiar)
  • Gets excited when looking at a mirror
  • Knows how to respond when their name is called
  • Learn their surroundings through touch and taste.

A Day in the Life of Your Baby

While every baby is unique, here’s an everyday schedule example you could follow when it comes to baby eating, sleeping, bathing, and playing.

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Your 6-month-old baby's health

Prepare to hear about what your baby will do next at the 6-month well-baby visit, where your baby will get another round of antibodies and you’ll study his development and advancement, alongside which achievements he’s hitting and those to come.

Babies become ill averaging 8 to 12 times during the first year of day care. In the event that your little one is having a fever, he need to stay home to be safe and cover faster.

Babies ought to get this flu shot each year starting at the age of 6 months. Baby’s first vaccine will require two dosages: the first “primes” the immune system, and the second gives immune protection.

Prior to the age of 3, babies get the vast majority of the social engagement they need by being around their siblings, parents and guardians. From the beginning, you can assist your child’s social development with skin-to-skin contact, reading him stories and cuddling.

You can take your baby out in the cold, but you must take cautions because babies are more susceptible than older kids. Try dressing you baby with a one-piece sleeper outfit, a long sleeved shirt, pants, and a snow suit.

Tips on Taking Care of a 6-month-old Baby

For first-time parents, braving the new world of parenthood is a scary task. To ease your worries, here are handy tips for your baby’s 6th month:

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1. Introducing sippy cups

During their 6-month mark, you may start giving them sippy cups. It is the perfect time to train them to accept the cup before you stop feeding him through your breast or bottle.

They might only play with it for the first few days. But once they pick a fascination with this new source of delicious drink, then they can move onwards.

To make it easier for them to embrace the sippy cup, remember to:

  • Offer them a cup with a spout
  • Remove its spill-free valve
  • Serve water first (the messiest drink yet)
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2. Your speaking 6-month-old

Although your baby can’t form words yet, they’ll be able to practice with sounds. You’ll love how they imitate what they hear.

Their growing vocabulary for sounds and movements will amaze you. It’s the perfect time to let them learn simple sign language.

Soon enough, your baby can connect your simple hand movements with their needs and wants. Easy and common messages include “eat” and “milk.”

Playing games using fingers, like patty-cake, will start making sense to them. They’ll be able to chime in on the song’s chorus.

When it comes to eating solids, it’s the right time for them to sit down to a meal. You can give them mushy food for starters. At the end of the day, dining would be more on learning small motor skills.

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3. Stopping night waking

Most of the time, many 6th-month-old babies will sleep through the night and would take two to three naps throughout the day. There are nights where a baby is having difficulties sleeping through the night, but remember that it doesn’t necessarily mean anything is wrong. It could mean that they need different sleeping needs or could also mean that their body is developing differently with this timeline.

Other factors are common baby ailments, infection, teething, and a growth spurt. These could interrupt a baby’s sleep at night since it is distracting and can be painful.

If your baby has often been waking up during the night, try these tips to keep them asleep throughout the wee hours:

  • Make sure they finish their last meal of the evening
  • Make sure they eat enough every day
  • Try waking them gently for extra feeding (before you all go to bed)

If the night-waking continues, they these tips:

  • Pat them gently
  • Cuddle them
  • Cut back formula in their bottle
  • Shorten the nursing sessions
  • Don’t let them play too much during nighttime
  • Dim the lights
  • Minimize sing-songs
  • Minimize bubbly conversations
  • Only do soft lullabies
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4. Nutrients for baby

Once a baby has reached the 6th month, he is now to explore with solid foods. But remember, that they still need to be breastfed or take milk formula as their main source of nutrition.

As your baby adjusts to eating more solids over the next few months, you may notice that they do not require as much formula or are not interested in breastmilk as often. Due to this transition, make sure your baby gets enough minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids. With enough nutrition, your body becomes healthy, keeping them functioning properly as they grow.

So how can you make sure to give them enough nutrition? Feed them the rainbow!

  • Give them Vitamin A through sweet potatoes and carrots.
  • Offer them B Vitamins through bananas, beans, and green vegetables.
  • For Vitamin C, give those babies strawberries, tomatoes, and cantaloupe.
  • Let them have Vitamin E from grains and cereals.
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5. If baby drinks bathwater

You might start cringing looking at your baby drinking bathwater that has their pee. Don’t worry because nothing in his bathwater could make him sick. That’s because nothing in there that they haven’t been exposed to.

If you’re using products made for kids, especially infants, there’s also no need to worry about it. However, if you’re using adult shampoo for your bath, upset tummy or diarrhea might occur. It depends on how much your child has drunk.

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6. Exercise with baby

Follow these two ways to make exercise fun for your child:

  1. Dance your hearts out together. Aside from being able to exercise with your child, you can also help develop their love for music. As babies still have tiny and extra sensitive ears, avoid pumping the volume up.
  2. Stream baby-friendly videos. You can find lots of postnatal videos online that you can choose from. They have tons of singing and dancing involved which you can burn calories with.
  3. At 6 months, remember to give them lots of safe toys that they can chew on. It’s the time when they start mouthing things. This is their way of learning their surroundings and everything it holds for them.

Your baby’s safety is always a priority.

When it comes to carrying your little darlings around, you should have a trusted transportation system. Having a durable stroller can get you and your baby anywhere with less hassle.

Amoroso makes it easy for you to find quality products that suit babies from zero to 24 months. We carry anything from twin umbrella strollers to full-size luxury strollers.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our customer service here.

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