5 – 6 month baby development guide
Wow – can you believe your baby is almost six months old? And what a full on six months it has been. Hard to believe that there is still so much more to come …
This month you’ll be gearing up for baby’s foray into the world of solid food. Although, before that he’ll be happy to chew on his feet (you’ve probably noticed that he can grab them now when lying on his back).
Your baby is now starting to realise that you and he are separate people. This can bring about some separation anxiety and he may start to cry when approached by strangers … or by a grandparent he hasn’t seen in a while. Your baby might get upset when you leave the room and he will let you know about it!
As your baby approaches six months old you’ll be looking for tips for introducing solids.
Rice cereal is a good first food and your baby will be more likely to accept it if is mixed with her normal milk – make it quite runny and build up to a thicker consistency as your baby gets used to moving the food around in her mouth and swallowing. When she gets the hang of (or bored of) rice cereal you can start to introduce some pureed vegetables.
You might also want to introduce a cup this month. When your baby starts solids you should give her some cool, boiled water with each meal.
Playtime is getting more exciting. If you’ve been giving your baby plenty of tummy time she will probably be able to prop herself up on straight arms and reach out to grab toys in front of her. She might be able to sit momentarily, using her hands to prop forward and she could soon be rolling in either direction on purpose. She will be putting everything in her mouth plus shaking, banging and throwing things.
More vaccinations are due when your baby is six months old. Make an appointment with your GP or your local immunisation clinic.
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Please note: All babies are different, these are generic guides and aren’t a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your health care provider.
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