- 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
- Babbles and squeals using single syllables
- Loves to jabber
- May recognize own name
- Displays strong attachment for mother
- May show sharp mood changes
- Smiles at other children
- Intrigued with mirrors
- Your baby may not want to be put to bed
- A favorite blanket or stuffed animal may make it easier
- Be calm and consistent
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.
- 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.
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.