05) Six Months

DEVELOPMENT

Daily Activities

  • Adores playing with balls, rattles, and squeaky toys
  • Sleeping longer stretches
  • Usually begins teething
  • May enjoy playing with food
  • Loves games like “peek-a-boo,” and “patty cake”
  • Your baby should be able to sit up with some support of the back

Language Development

  • Babbles and squeals using single syllables
  • Loves to jabber
  • May recognize own name

Emotional Development

  • Displays strong attachment for mother
  • May show sharp mood changes
  • Smiles at other children
  • Intrigued with mirrors

Sleep

  • Your baby may not want to be put to bed
  • A favorite blanket or stuffed animal may make it easier
  • Be calm and consistent

FEEDING

Your baby still needs breast milk or infant formula to continue healthy growth. Continue to explore new foods. Remember to strive for three meals a day as this will help you later. Also, we encourage introducing meats twice a day. Do not introduce eggs until 12 months of age. 

SAFETY TIPS

  • Never leave your child alone, except in a crib.
  • Avoid using walkers as they may cause injuries.
  • Be cautious of staircases.
  • Avoid choking hazards and suffocation.
  • Never allow smoke near your baby.
  • Use an approved infant car safety seat. Follow instructions for proper installation. Parents should wear seat belts to set good example.
  • Now is a safe time to begin applying sunscreen (avoids the eyes!).
  • Never eat, drink, or carry anything hot while you are holding the baby.
  • Consider installing baby gates as needed.

NO WORRIES

Each child is unique. It is therefore difficult to describe exactly what should be expected at each stage of a child’s development. While certain behaviors and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal. These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and others later as they continue to grow and learn.