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Posted: 25 March 2018 at 10:16 | IP Logged Quote lonwaysafety

When we last left off our Development Calendar at 3
months, we had babies who could kick, wave and grip
objects, had a noticeable but forgivably infantile
sense of humour and who slept well...just as
much/little as before. With double that time now
passed, what should you expect from your little one at
6 months old, and where should you be putting the most
Physical Development
Babies start to get some serious strength at 6 months
old. It's quite common by this point to see them sit
up if well supported (or even sometimes just on their
own), trying to manage their own weight on two legs -
with a bit of help of course - and roll both from
front to back,
baby stores
, and back to front.
There's three major milestones you may well be seeing
around this time: teeth, solid foods and crawling.
It's common for one of the bottom front teeth to
appear, followed by its first neighbour and then two
teeth on the top of the mouth. Once you've confirmed
their 'tenancy',
baby care,
start brushing them twice a week with a baby
toothbrush and some children's fluoride toothpaste.
With teeth comes the possibility of eating, and by
leaving the first feeding as close to the 6 month mark
as possible, you leave your baby much more prepared.
We've previously covered eating solid foods on the
blog before, so we won't repeat the nutritional
details of this exciting prospect.
It's not that uncommon for some babies to completely
let crawling pass them by, and it can take as much as
10 months before they're off gallivanting on their
hands and knees. Some crawl the classic way, others
like to roll their way across the room and some may
even prefer a 'bottom shuffle' as their way of
manoeuvring. The more they do crawl however, the
stronger their arms and legs will become.
In each step of this Development Calendar we've
continuously advocated somewhat of a 'running
commentary' with your baby. The more they hear you
talk or point things out for them - especially if it's
repeated often - will inevitably help with their early
language development. At this point, your baby will
start to realise they can get different responses from
you based on their behaviour. Whilst this is a key
opportunity for mischief in the future, remember to
always keep the loving focus on them when they deserve
In terms of the way they'll communicate with you,
baby toys,
the babbling of recent months will become more
frequent and will slowly resemble actual words...if
only ever so slightly. For some very stimulating
conversation, always be sure to speak back in their
little language.
The short answer to your inevitable question is,
sadly, getting your baby to sleep is still going to be
a challenge. But now that they're six months old, you
can start to put in place some routines and techniques
that may help improve the ease of their lulling, and
can even shift the times they do it.
You've probably heard of the 'Ferber Method', which in
short involves leaving the baby in their crib, and
leaving longer periods of time between the start of
their tamtrum, and coming in to comfort them. The
method works well for many families, but there are two
alternatives: Positive routines with faded bedtime:
Leading your child through a series of predictable,
pleasant and quiet bedtime rituals. You train your
baby to associate actually falling asleep with feeling
sleepy, waiting until the moment they're ready to fall
into a slumber before putting them to bed. You can
then move their usual bedtime by 15 minutes each day
till a time you're more happy with. Extinction with
Parental Presence: Putting your baby to bed, lying
with them until they fall asleep, but then paying
progressively less attention to them each night. This
could involve touching them a bit less to sitting up
instead of lying down or later on sitting in a chair
before moving it further and further away. None of
these methods are guaranteed to work with all
children, so it's best to experiment and find out
which one yields more success.
Babies at this age love to touch all sorts of things;
running water, paper, grass - you name it. You should
definitely try to stimulate these senses as much as
possible; it can help with attention span, curiosity
and can even carry over into their food when they
start weaning.
It's quite common for stranger anxiety to be the norm
for 6 month old babies. Playdates and going to baby
groups helps them not only get more comfortable with
people that aren't you, but it also teaches them that
not always being with you isn't so bad. Encourage
others to give your baby a bit of attention or welcome
them with a smile, and they'll be well into making
their first friends.
Though you want to start giving them their quiet time
to play, there's all new activities to tuck into with
your 6 month old. Animal noises are all the rage, and
as you're probably well aware there's no shortage of
books to help them identify what the source of a 'moo'
or 'roar' may actually be.
Games and play that also encourage hand eye co-
ordination and sensory play are very highly
recommended. The two of you can have a lot of fun
stacking and toppling blocks, and the mirror game - in
which you copy your baby's sounds, facial expressions
and movements (all the way down to blinking) - will be
a huge source of smiles.
What were the biggest changes you noticed when your
baby celebrated their first half-birthday? Let us know
in the comments, and you can also share your
experiences with us on Facebook, through Twitter or on




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