Your Baby at 6 Months
It may be hard to believe, but your little one is a whole 6 months old! How quickly has that time gone by? In just six short months, your baby has already grown and developed so much ... just think how much has changed since your first few days together!
Let's take a look at how far your baby has come, and the milestones you can expect this month.
By now your little one should have at least doubled their birth weight; and they're not done yet. After the six month mark, your baby will continue to grow at about 1 pound, and half an inch, each month.
Don't Forget: This month your baby should receive boosters of the MenC, the 6-in-1, and the PCV vaccines. For more information go to immunisation.ie
This month you might see your baby trying to sit up. To encourage them, try propping them up and over time they will learn to sit unsupported.
Your 6 month old can also probably roll from their back to their front. They might creep forward or backwards; or practice rising up on their hands and knees, rocking back and forth.
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Hopefully, your little one is sleeping for six to eight hours at a stretch more often now. Now that your baby can roll, don’t be surprised if you put them to sleep on their back and they wake up on their tummy. If you haven't already established a good sleep routine, now is the time to do so; and make sure that you get all the rest you need too!
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Now that you've got to the 6 months mark, it's time to start weaning! This is such a fun time for you and your baby, playing with all sorts of different food, colours, textures and taste. Click here for some great weaning tips:
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Did You Know? Learning to chew and bite helps develop muscles that your child will use for speech when they're older!
By now, expect to see lots of smiling, laughing, and babbling from your little one. Baby Sign Language can encourage infant communication; and though they might enjoy eating books as much as listening to stories; reading to your little one is a brilliant way to develop their awareness of language; as well as giving you an excuse for cosy time.
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