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At Six Months

At Six Months

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At six months he puts his hand in his mouth.

At this stage, baby’s development is on ‘fast-forward’. It’s an ideal time for sitting up and looking around. So, what’s the most interesting thing for baby right now? Baby’s mouth! It’s a great exploring tool – and little fingers fit in there so well.

Monday, November 20th, 2017

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Begins to babble in series of different sounds. He starts to imitate sounds. He may vocalise tunefully and should respond well to a hearing test.

  • Stimulate him with music, music rhymes, singing, and calling and talking to him.

SLEEPING ZZZZZZZZZ
daily (approx.)
15-16 hrs
Will probably take 2 naps during the day.

CRYING

By now, baby will be an experienced crier. During the first nine months, crying is baby’s best way of communicating. Comforting baby every time he cries will not spoil him. Baby will learn that you are attentive and ready to respond to his needs. It’s a good idea to speak with your doctor if you are concerned about baby’s crying.

NAPPIES

Starting solids can change the colour and texture of baby’s stools. It can also change how often baby has a bowel movement. Babies don’t need to have a bowel movement every day. If stools are soft and easy to pass, there is no need for concern.

HUNGER CUES & FEEDING MILESTONES

  • By around 6 months: baby is ready for first solid foods. Start with iron-rich foods.
  • Reaches for spoon/food when hungry.
  • Slows down eating when becoming full.
  • Clenches mouth, turns head away from spoon/food when full.

MOTOR/PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Can sit independently.
  • By 6 months: can roll from back to side; pushes up on hands when on tummy. He can support his weight when standing.
  • He reaches for objects and passes or transfers an object from one hand to the other.
  • He starts to hold out his hands to be lifted up. He grabs his own feet.

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

  • Tracks moving objects and can find partially hidden ones.
  • By 6 months: turns head and looks in direction of new sounds; responds to own name.
  • Explores with hands and mouth. Let him play with many different shapes and textures.
  • Struggles to get objects that are out of reach.

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Enjoys social play and is interested in mirror images.
  • He recognises his own image in the mirror, smiles and talks to it.
  • Responds to others’ expressions of emotion and often appears joyful.
  • May develop stranger anxiety. He may show fear of strangers and is afraid when his parents are not present. Play the peek-a-boo game, so he learns you do come back.

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