In the series of baby growth, today, I will be talking about six months and baby development. You will witness a tremendous growth of your baby from a helpless baby to a baby of its own personality.
In just six months, you will see that your baby has grown dramatically. He is now no more a newborn, who does nothing but eat, sleep and cry. After six months you can expect him as a person with his own personality. Let us talk about the health and development of 6 month’s baby.
In the sixth month, you can expect your baby to sit upright without support or with a minimum support. Now, you will witness your baby rolling from back to belly, and then back. Like his 5th month’s movements, you will now see him putting his toes in the mouth. Furthermore, you will witness him swinging and trying to stand on his belly forward.
Unlike his 5th month, now he will be able to lean his fingers and toes for grasping a toy. You can expect to see him passing things from one hand to another.
This is the age when the first tooth of your baby appears, but this age varies. However, the eruption sequence is same for almost all kids. Normally, the first teeth appear are lower medial incisors. You will be able to see the future tooth; red and slightly swollen.
The most common symptom of teething is, you will see your baby inserting every object in his mouth and bite the same with more strength than before. A few other symptoms could be nervousness, irritability, restlessness, sleeplessness, constipation, cough, loose motions, and loss of hunger.
Although, these symptoms are not sure signs of tooth eruption, but can be considered as one.
According to WHO, at the age of 6 months, an average weight of boy weighs between 6.4 – 9.7 kg, while a girl will record slightly less, between 5.8 – 9.2 kg.
According to WHO, a boy of 6 months will measure around 63.6 – 71.6 cm, while the height of girl the same age will be between 61.5 – 70.0 cm.
Most babies at this age (six months) sleep about 6-8 hours per night. If your baby still does not sleep at night, try to put your baby in his crib. If crying, wait several minutes before you go to him quietly. And, you are supposed to increase this interval.
Do not switch on the light, take him in your arms and check, if he needs a nappy change or hungry. Because now baby frequently rolls from side to side, you should not be surprised if you see him lying on his belly after you put him in the crib on his back. The risk of sudden death syndrome is much less at six months than the earlier months. However, avoid putting him around things that can be a reason for any unpleasant problems.
At the sixth month, you will get to see a real progress in your baby’s communication. He is going to amaze you with his laughter and smiles. His words are now not limited to ma-ma, ba-ba, da-da, ta-ta.
At this age, you have to spend a lot of time talking with your baby. Although you won’t be able to understand him clearly, yet, you need to read stories and sing for your baby. This is how you will help him in developing his vocabulary and start talking faster.
At this age, your baby will be able to recognize each and every family member like mother, father, siblings, grandparents, and even his favorite toys.
In addition to, you will see him responding the other way around on seeing a stranger or when a stranger wants to take him in his arms.
4Tips for Parents
You need to consult a pediatrician if you see your baby is not smiling, not standing without any support, not responding to sounds or gestures, not talking (in his own language) or not pursuing moving objects with eyes.
By this age, your baby is likely to have his eyes’ final color. Let me tell you that your baby’s eyes color will go through several changes until the final color. But if the baby is 6 months and you don’t see any change in his eye colors, it is quite possible that this will be the final color.
This is the right age when you should take your baby to an eye-specialist for his first eyes exam.
As your baby is more mobile now, keep all drugs or poisonous substances away from his reach.
Also, do not forget about the required vaccination.
This is the age when pediatricians recommend food diversification; in other words, introducing more solid foods in the diet.
But, it is always better to talk to your pediatrician before making any change in your baby’s diet. The reason is – this diversification scheme depends on your baby’s growth.