What Can a 6-Month-Old Child Do?
When you look back over the six-month period since your baby’s birth, you might feel quite amazed at his growth and development from the tiny and helpless newborn he once was. A 6-month-old baby usually has a variety of emotional, cognitive and physical skills that he will gladly show off to anyone watching.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents that beginning solid foods is appropriate after 6 months, states the HealthyChildren.org website 1. As long as your child has strong head and neck control, seems interested in food and can move food from the front to the back of her mouth to swallow, your little one is probably ready to begin eating solid foods from a spoon. It’s also advisable that a 6-month-old should weigh at least 13 pounds before starting solid foods.
A 6 month old is developing many new physical skills that enable him to explore and play. Many babies this age can roll from both front to back and back to front, and they may be working on sitting without help, states the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2. If you hold your baby upright, he can probably bear weight on his legs. Babies this age also have enough maturity to sleep through the night without needing to wake to feed, according to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital website 3. Just because your little one is physically able to sleep through the night doesn’t mean he does, though.
Emotional Development and Interaction
Babies at this point have significant emotional development that enables them to interact with others. Your child recognizes family and friends she sees regularly and probably enjoys playing engaging games such as patty-cake and peekaboo. If you sit with your baby on your lap, she might enjoy paging through a chunky board book filled with bright colors and pictures of people or animals. Call your child’s name, and she’ll likely turn her head because she knows you’re talking to her. Babies this age also show off the beginnings of language development by making babbling noises and even carrying on “conversations” with others.
Learning and Exploring
The world is full of fascinating sights and sounds for a 6-month-old baby. Take your child outdoors, and he'll probably watch everything with avid interest. He might even try to move to explore, though he probably can’t crawl effectively yet. Exploring objects orally by putting items in his mouth is a common way of learning for babies this age, according to the Women’s and Children’s Health Network website 5.
- HealthyChildren.org: Switching To Solid Foods
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Important Milestones: Your Baby at Six Months
- UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital: Your Baby at 6 Months
- Bright Futures American Academy of Pediatrics: Bright Futures Parent Handout 6 Month Visit
- Women’s and Children’s Health Network: Child Development: 6-9 Months
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