6 months: we introduce complementary foods
The first lure is either mashed vegetables or porridge. It is one-component, homogeneous and should be introduced gradually. The fact that we started giving baby food does not cancel breastfeeding. If you introduced vegetables to the first lure, then it is worth the porridge to enter the second lure (or vice versa).
6 months is the most frequent time when active teething begins. However, they can erupt both earlier and later. In some children, teeth begin to erupt only closer to the year and this is also normal.
The first incisors erupt first. They can appear together, or they can one after another. After the appearance of the first tooth, they must be started to brush – 2 times a day with a soft children’s toothbrush. This is not only hygiene, but also teaching the child that teeth need to be brushed 2 times a day, and one of the rituals of laying.
The child already clearly distinguishes between people – friend or foe. It is unlikely that he will go into the arms of a stranger as calmly as before. Most likely, it will simply burst into tears. This is an absolutely normal reaction, a protective instinct, and not his moodiness.
The baby sleeps less. Active wakefulness can reach 2.5 hours. Often a child has 3 days sleep by 6 months (maybe 1 long sleep and 2 short sleeps). During wakefulness, he requires more attention, and mom can get tired of it.
Some babies by this age are able to sleep all night and give their mother a good night’s sleep. However, others, on the contrary, wake up quite often. This may be a reaction to teething.
♦ He knows how to stretch his arms while lying on his stomach, hold this position for a long time, pull his legs and bend them at the knees, trying to get on all fours.
♦ Some people already know how to crawl and stand on all fours and swing back and forth.
♦ Active speech appears, which so far is a collection of sounds and syllables.
♦ Takes a toy from various positions.
♦ Laughs in a voice.
The emotional development of a child is very important. Favorite toys, books with large pictures – all this causes his stormy delight. Read his favorite tales as often as possible, and soon he will begin to remember them and respond with a smile to a familiar beginning.
A child who a month ago was lying on his stomach and could only stretch his arms and raise his chest a little above the floor, now he can get on all fours and sometimes crawl (even if he’s not far away on his stomach).
Some children at 6 months of age begin to sit on their own. Therefore, now begins the time of active movement of the child. Do not leave the baby alone on the bed and if you leave it on the floor, then protect the surrounding area as much as possible.
The child actively plays with toys, easily shifts them from hand to hand. Rattles a rattle, bangs toys on the floor.
How to play with a baby in 6 months
At this age, it is easy to develop a child’s hearing. Various clinking, strumming boxes, squeaking toys – everything attracts him.
Please note: toys must be safe (including in size) so that the baby cannot swallow or inhale them, since the main method of the child’s understanding of surrounding things is through the mouth. All that is possible, he grabs and tastes.
Favorite game of children “Ladushki” – a great option for the development of motor skills. The child tries to hit the palm of the hand under the song. This develops, including coordination of movements.
Initial development of speech
The child already knows how to double and triple syllables – this is the initial development of speech. These attempts to speak should be actively supported by parents. Repeat the child’s names of various objects several times. You can try to have a kind of “dialogue” with the baby, answering him with his active babble and maintaining such a conversation.
What feels and how it behaves
The child is already well focused and does not cross his eyes. He can follow the rolling ball or follow the fast enough movements of his older brother playing nearby.
You can see how the baby is looking intently at the toy that is in his hand. Improving hand-eye coordination. Notice how he first examines the object, and then tries to crawl to it.
Babies learn about the world through touch. When you hug or kiss your child, he realizes that he is safe and loving. When your child feels a cool breeze on his cheek, he learns about the world around him.
The possibilities for developing the tactile sensations of your child at this age are endless even during a normal day. The kid will play with toys and books, with things having a different textural surface. See if your child likes to touch a soft plush toy or feel the texture of a carpet. Let the baby safely explore the world.
Do not forget that it is important for the child to feel safe with his parents and to know about it. Kiss, hug the children as often as you can, they become stronger from this.