Once your baby reaches the age of six months they are now well on their way to becoming a more lively being. The once quiet and stationary newborn is now learning new things each and every day. A baby six months old will need more space and a great deal of your time for active play. At this age, the baby will commence to show what they have learned and will explore things around them using their new skills.
This is the age when most babies are introduced to solid foods. Most babies' first food begins with cereal mixed with breast milk or formula. Six months is an ideal time to start feeding your baby. During this time you may observe that they are looking as you eat with great enthusiasm, and you will observe they seem to want to have a taste as well. Given that they can sit with a little help, they are ready enough to start. The first feeding may be started, but wait until four days before introducing a different food as they may have a reaction. This will give time to learn which food may likely to cause a problem.
There are many exciting things for your baby right now including their food. This is also the month most likely to see your baby sit on their own and gain a whole new perspective on the world around them. If you are concerned that your baby is not sitting up on their own yet, bear in mind that some babies require to master this skill. Practice sessions for sitting are helpful. Attempt to sit them up and let them go, with your hands very near them in case they wobble and fall. Prop your baby to help them get used to this new position. Remember that it might be quite difficult for them to keep balance at first, but they will learn.
Crawling is something that some will do near this age, but not all. However, a baby 6 months old should show some signs of wanting to get moving. Some mellow babies may not see the point, but they will soon enough. Make sure they get plenty of time on their bellies so that they can push up with their arms. Some will arch their backs with their legs in the air, which may seem counterproductive to crawling. However, this shows a motivation to move. You will soon notice they try to push their feet on the floor to move forward. Do all you can to encourage them and have them on the floor quite often.
As early as six months of age, babies will try to communicate with you by babbling, smiling, and cooing. You may hear them making and imitating sounds in their effort to talk to you. While they may be practicing making sounds and mimicking at this age, they most likely do not understand the meaning of the words they are babbling. Your baby may respond to and imitate sounds to get your attention. This will lay the foundation for your baby's language development. However, if your baby is not babbling or practicing any noises, you might want to consult your pediatrician regarding this situation.
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