6 Month Old Baby

6 Month Old Baby

Time seems to run faster with a baby around and you will find yourself with a 6 month old baby a lot sooner than you think. By now, you should have restored your normal sleeping routine and adjusted your life to your new family member. On the other hand, your baby is becoming increasingly independent in moving around but he or she is still unaware of all the dangers out there At this age, your baby is also prepared to try some solid foods which means that your life will get a little bit messier.

What To Expect:
By the age of 6 months, your baby will probably master rolling from the stomach to the back and vice versa, and may use rolling over as a method to move around. You may notice your baby getting on the knees and hands but he or she may not crawl for another month or two. Your 6 months old baby will also continue to explore the surroundings by putting things in the mouth. Make sure that your little explorer cannot reach any choking objects or hazardous items such as cleaning products. Your baby should be able to sleep through the night but if he or she does not, you should start with sleep training. There are several methods that claim to be effective which means that you do not have to leave your baby to cry himself or herself to sleep if you do not want to. But whichever method you choose, be sure to stick with the rules because your baby will take advantage of crying if he or she knows that you will come to lift him or her up if persistent enough. If you have not introduced solid foods to your baby yet, your pediatrician will probably recommend you to do so when your baby is 6 months old. Keep in mind that there are some foods such as honey for instance that should not be introduced to your baby until 1 year old, while some such as nuts are typically recommended to be introduced even later. Consult with your pediatrician if having any doubts and wait with sweets and chocolate too. It is not that babies do not like the sweet taste but they need nutrient-rich foods rather than those loaded with sugar and calories.

What You Need To Know:
Babies tend to be very picky when it comes to food. If your 6 months old baby does not like a particular food the first time, offer it to him or her a few days later. Eventually, babies accept most foods they are being offered. Since your baby most likely mastered rolling over, do not be surprised to find him or her sleeping on his or her tummy even if you put him or her to sleep on his or her back. Fortunately, the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) decreases after 6 months of age, so do not panic. However, be sure to keep stuffed toys, pillows and similar items out of the crib. Do not forget about the third round of immunizations. At 6 months of age, your baby should receive follow-up doses of those received at the age of 4 months and hepatitis B vaccine. Now is also a safe for your baby to receive influenza vaccine.

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