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Your baby, 6 months

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6 months old Half of a year has gone by and your baby has grown and learned so much! At this point, she may be sitting up on her own and some babies will try to crawl! Encourage him by setting toys out of his reach. In no time, he will be crawling all over. Some babies also roll across the room! Your baby can turn and twist in all directions. She can transfer objects from hand to hand and will look for dropped objects.

Many babies will start teething at this time. You may notice that she is uncomfortable, drooling and bites down alot. Teething rings often help and the coldness can be soothing to her sore gums. If she doesn't like a cold teether, offer her a warm one instead.

Stranger anxiety usually increases by the time your baby is six months old. She knows the difference between people she recognizes and strangers. When you introduce your baby to new people, hold her and tell her about who the person is. Your baby will be able to sense how you feel about the new person. Don't force your child to sit with the person- let him set the pace. This is especially important with caregivers that take care of the baby while you are away.

Your baby still likes to be read to and likes to hear songs and music. Expose him to various sounds, sights, smells and textures often. Alot of your baby's learning comes from hearing. Because he likes other babies, take him to see other babies as often as possible. Watch how they interact. Your baby is learning about relationships!

Being a warm and loving parent will teach your baby to trust and respect you. If you find that your baby is doing something that he should not be doing, redirect him to an appropriate activity. At this age, your baby still does not know how to obey or disobey. However, he is learning to listen and can begin to understand what he should not mess with. After you have redirected him, remember to praise him for a job well done. Your baby will learn best and can not get into trouble if her world is interesting. Keep fun activities readily available and interact with her. Showing your baby how to do things the right way will also help her learn. If she pulls your hair, show her how to be gentle.

Most babies will have started some type of solid foods at this point. If you give your baby something that he does not like, keep giving it to him. It can take several attempts to get him to like something. The food habits that are learned now will stay with your baby for life. By giving her a variety of foods, you are expanding her taste and encouraging healthy eating habits. Allow your baby to sit in her highchair and eat with the rest of the family at mealtime. Babies will ususally eat until they are full-do not force her to eat if she does not seem interested. Some parents give their babies juice or water in a cup at this time. Because juice is high in sugar, limit her juice intake to 4 ounces a day. Remember, now that your baby is eating foods it is especially important to keep her teeth and gums clean. Wipe them down with a washcloth or use a baby toothbrush. Do not use any type of toothpaste that has fluoride in it.

Developmental Milestones 6 Months Old

  • Can pull an object towards himself
  • Tries to transfer objects from one hand to another
  • Rolls over in both directions
  • Vision and sound senses are almost fully developed
  • Sits on her own
  • Rocks and pivots while on her stomach
  • Digs fingers and toes into floor to push to get something out of reach
  • Can pick up a small object
  • Looks for dropped items

  • Understands cause and effect-likes to put toys in a container and dump out
  • Prefers left hand one day and his right hand the next
  • Your baby will begin to initiate attention from others
  • Understands that his behavior engages you-both good and bad behavior
  • Likes playing turn taking games
  • Likes to hear different sounds-animal sounds are great to start on
  • Can say vowel-consanant combinations

  • Makes instant friends with strangers
  • Craves familiar faces and voices
  • Can let you know what he needs, thinks or wants in ways other than crying
  • Expresses unhappiness when an object is taken away

Age Appropriate Toys
  • Toys that encourage sitting up
  • Balls
  • Books
  • Lighted toys
  • Musical toys
  • Cause and effect objects
  • Toys to bang on
  • Stacking blocks
  • Containers and objects to put in and take out
  • Sensory toys
  • Toys to grasp and pass
  • Bath toys


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wins829 - Wednesday, 16 Apr
Bent.don't. Worry. She is health that is all the matter. My daughter is small too. She is always smallest in her age group. That why we call her little little. Lol. But she is the smartest in her class.

wins829 - Wednesday, 16 Apr
Bent.don't. Worry. She is health that is all the matter. My daughter is small too. She is always smallest in her age group. That why we call her little little. Lol. But she is the smartest in her class.

bentz5215 - Monday, 14 Apr
well she went to the GI doc and they said she looks fine and to keep giving her the zantac. They wanted us to stop doing the 30 cal intake on formula and to just give the reg 20 cal per oz. She went to the doc today for her 6 mo check up and doc said she is good she is just going to be tiny. doc said how smart she is and how advanced she was by doing all the stuff she knows how to do. She was weighing in at 12.4 lbs and 25 in long. She is just going to be my little peanut forvever!!! :)

threebagsfool - Thursday, 10 Apr
Well it has been three nights now that the girls have been sharing a room. It has been going really well! The first night they both cried for about 1 minute, then were quiet. Josephine didn't wake up until 2:30, that is 6 hours of sleep in a row! It is the first time she has ever done that. It is funny, I kept reading that room sharing usually goes a lot easier than expected, but I didn't believe it. I guess I should have known better, because suddenly I am getting more sleep at night, and Josephine seems happier during the day because she is getting the rest that she needs. Bentz- have you heard anything back from the Dr yet?

bentz5215 - Monday, 7 Apr
of course the doc is out today :( I think the group is 'cause mommy says so'. when u ask to join send a message and say u r from iap. :)

threebagsfool - Monday, 7 Apr
Bentz, I hope the bloodwork comes back ok! It is so stressful not knowing if something is wrong with them. I don't know how much Josephine is eating because she is still nursing, but she is definitely not sleeping through the night, lol! I am actually moving her into her older sister's room starting tonight and I hope that her not being next to me will help her to sleep longer. I am pretty worried about her waking up my toddler, though. Josephine is still waking every two hours at night, and has been for months, I just can't handle it anymore, so I decided to just try for her sleeping away from me to see if it works. The plan was to wait until she was sleeping better at night, but I just don't know how long that will be. The dr said that she is pretty sure my toddler will sleep through everything, so I hope she is right! Tread, I'm not sure what the Facebook page is either. I hope you are all doing well, and the tiny babies start to get nice and chunky!

bentz5215 - Sunday, 6 Apr
3 bags. You got a munchkin too. :). Poor ash is having a hard time. She is on alimentum formula and getting 30 cal per oz. normal is 20. She is still only drinking 4 oz bottles every 3 hrs. Giving her 7 bottles a day. She does and has been sleeping thru the night. Refuses food won't even open mouth. She has been sitting up unsupported for a month she's a pro at that. She can roll and scoot. However she isn't gaining weight and she is losing a lot. She's only 11.2 lbs!! Doc has weight checks every week. We went for blood work yesterday. Waiting on results. Doc isn't sure shag her deal is. She wasn't to concerned because she knows how to do all that but now she is losing and is super tiny so....... Now we wait to see. I hope everything is good . Hope everyone else's munchkins r doing good as well

treadonfoot - Thursday, 3 Apr
Those moms who was with me during the week by week you guys remember the facebook page that was used? I want to join it again but can't find it! :(

wins829 - Tuesday, 1 Apr
Miguel went for his check up. He is now 17 lb 2oz. And 28 inch long.

threebagsfool - Monday, 31 Mar
Josephine is six months old now! She isn't doing great on her rolling over, every now and then she will go tummy to back, and once she went back to tummy (but I think it was an accident). She has finally been doing better with solids. It takes her a few minutes to get warmed up, but once she takes a few bites she opens her mouth nicely and is actually swallowing her food. Josephine had her six month check up today. Her weight gain has slowed down a lot. She is only 13.5 pounds now, which puts her in the 6% for height and weight. It wouldn't really be a problem except that she was born at 8.5 pounds, so she is nowhere near doubled in weight. I need to take her in for weight checks every few weeks now so they can keep an eye on her. I hope this is just a temporary thing, and maybe once she gets better at her solids she will gain a little bit.

wins829 - Tuesday, 25 Mar
Miguel is six months old. He say mama and dada at the day he turn 6 months. And he love to eat his baby food. He know how to roll to his tummy and back.Just love him more and more each day.

MamaLuvnJah - Thursday, 30 Jan
Hi Ladies, I used IAP for all 3 of my pregnancies some of you remember me. I am TTC baby #4. We started a fun moms group on facebook. We have a lot of IAP moms and moms that I've known for years. Our facebook group name: Cause mommy says so. Please join our great group of friends. I'd love to add some new moms to the group.

mommys2miracles - Friday, 15 Nov
My daughter turned 6 months on the 1st...she eats every 4 hours...8am 12pm 4pm 8pm...and typically sleeps through the night. She gets a 8oz along with a fruit or veggie and cereal for her meal. Fruit/ cereal for breakfast...veggie for lunch...just a bottle at 4pm...and veggies and cereal for dinner followed with a bottle for bed.. I eased her into this routine adding one meal at a time...depending on when she started waking through the night to eat because she wasn't getting enough food during the day...or if she seemed hungry...she is about 18lbs...and she lets me know when she has had enough - Wednesday, 6 Nov
hey guys so my baby turned six mounths on the 2nd of this month and she is so hungry she drinks six to eight ounces every three hours but still seems hungry are any of you mommy's giving ur babies baby food sweet potato squash bananas

3loveofmylife - Thursday, 1 Aug
Jen lol that's cute. well today is the 1st day back to school my 6 year old is going to be in 1st grad it's going to be hard for me to take him and come back home with out him, but i know he'll be fin. Noah is dong great. he thinks everything he finds needs to go in to his mouth lol even my hair.

Jen11 - Sunday, 28 Jul
3love - nope, still no crawling, but she still has time. She gets into the crawling position, then rolls over onto her back...seems to think that rolling is a more efficient form of transportation, lol.

3loveofmylife - Friday, 26 Jul
Jen is Sara crawling now i hope she is. Noah's also puling himself up so we had to lower his mattress in his crib.

Jen11 - Wednesday, 24 Jul
3love and Verena - So glad to hear that Noah and Sam are doing so well. Sara is getting quite vocal these days and can already click her tongue! She is getting very active and loves to 'jump', so my arms are constantly tired! Verena, Sara also sits very well, but cannot sit up yet, but she is getting very close. I have to change her camp cot from bassinet to normal depth as she pulls herself up on the side when she wakes!

3loveofmylife - Sunday, 21 Jul
Jen thanks he's growing up too fast. i'm sure Sara will be crawling soon. Noah is still not letting me do anything he just wants me to carry him all day can you say spoiled baby lol he needs to grow out of it cuz mommy is tired lol. verena so happy to hear that Sam's doing so well. Noah just says heyyyy and dadada lol.

verena - Monday, 15 Jul
Jen, 3love and tigermomma, good to read you all! Spammy also loving his solids since 4 months, he loves the fish and meat too , anything he can have shoved in his mouth actually!! Still such a happy and smiley angel, his into his daddaaaa, lalala and bbrrr noises, so funny! Great sleeper, just so sweaty when he nods off and eats! His baby seat in the car is always soaked by his head when we go somewhere, even if I put cotton towels underneath.. Max his big brother was the same.. Still is when he falls asleep! No crawling or sitting up yet, he CAN sit alone, but won't sit up alone. And he turns 360 degrees and rocks, no pulling up yet, if I think max was standing already at 6 months.. Sitting on terrace here In Switzerland, enjoying the warmth, hols at the end of the week! Hugs to all

Jen11 - Sunday, 14 Jul
Wow 3love...Noah is amazing! Sara is still small and is not yet out of her 6 months clothes, though the sleeves are getting a bit short. The 6 to 12 month clothes are still way too big. Still not crawling, but it won't be long now as she pulls and pushes her way along to whatever she wants to reach.

3loveofmylife - Saturday, 13 Jul
Jen aww that's great that Sara is doing so well so happy to hear that. Noah is wearing size 9 months now. he's also trying to pull himself up on furniture so i have to be extra careful and keep my eyes on him at all times.

Jen11 - Wednesday, 10 Jul
3love - so glad Noah is getting to like his solids. Sara loves hers. Had her 6 month checkup yesterday and all is well. Doctor said her development is advanced, so very pleased.

3loveofmylife - Tuesday, 9 Jul
finally Noah is getting excited about his solid foods, and he eats whatever i give him, but he's only eating a little bit, but that's ok he's still young.

3loveofmylife - Saturday, 6 Jul
Jen Noah will only let me or his daddy hold him, and daddy works 9 hours a day so just me during that time. so i can't wait till he grows out of it. tigermomma that is great now she is going to follow you, every where you go she goes lol.

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