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Their 6th Month

What to expect during your baby's sixth month of life and what you can do to support them

Developmental Milestones

Your baby's sight is continuously getting better, including depth perspection, so you might notice her staring at things often

Increased amounts of babbling and even some vowel sounds (like dadada or mamamama) 

They probably can roll in both directions and maybe sit up by themselves with less support 

They pick up smaller objects with a "raking" motion and may pass objects from one hand to the other

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What can you do to support your baby?

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  • Give baby lots of different textures and (non-choking hazard) sized objects to explore with her hands- They learn something new every day! 

  • Clap, clap, clap! Teach your baby to clap by taking their hands with your own and showing, then try and have them mimic you. This will promote bilateral coordination and brining their hands together at midline! 

  • Consider starting to use Baby Sign with your infant. This might be a great way to communicate with them until they begin using more verbal words! 

Feeding and Sleeping

Almost all babies are eating solid foods by six months (following confirmation with their pediatrician)

Baby will still be taking 6 - 8 oz from a bottle or breastfeeding every 3 - 4 hours at this time along with eating more solid foods

They should be sleeping around 14 - 15 hours total (at night and during naps). Some infants might have even dropped one of their day-time naps. You will see they are much more alert and focused on moving and learning at this stage. 

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Click the picture above to learn more about the transition to solid foods! 

Doctor with Infant

Things To Watch For

Teething might be beginning during your baby's sixth month. Watch for common signs of teething including swollen gums, excessive drooling, and crankiness. 

Your baby should be less about sleeping and more about doing at this age. If your baby does not seem interested in exploring and moving or seems excessively lethargic, speak to your pediatrician. 

Tip for Moving Forward:

If she is beginning to crawl or scoot along the floor - make sure your house is baby-proofed. She will be all over very soon! 

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