Congratulations! Your little one is half a year old. You and your baby can expect quite the adventure this month as he may learn to stay sitting up all by himself and might even get his first taste of solid food. Read on to learn all about the development milestones your 6-month-old baby may reach this month, what exciting new foods he could try, what his sleeping and napping routine may look like, and the challenges you may face with jealous siblings!
Baby Development Milestones
Over the past few months, your baby has added new skills and abilities. For instance, he will now be able spot objects that are several feet away and track moving objects pretty well. You may notice he will perk up when he hears his name or will stop doing something when you say “no.” Around the time he is 6 months old, pay extra attention so he doesn't roll off the bed — rolling over on both sides will be a new trick he will learn.
Growth and Physical Development: Your Baby's First Teeth!
They grow so fast! When your baby is 6 months old, he may have even reached double his birth weight. Not all babies will grow at the same rate, but don't be surprised if your bundle gains around 1 to 1 ¼ pounds a month at this stage. From the start of this month, he may grow about ½ to ¾ of an inch by the time he turns 7 months old.
Around this time, you may spot a tooth or two — or not quite yet, as the age at which teeth first appear varies qreatly from child to child. Teeth and gum care are essential from the get-go. If you're wondering how you should go about cleaning those first tiny teeth, just brush them gently with a soft, child-size toothbrush and a tiny bit of toothpaste, approximately the size of a grain of rice.
Make sure your baby doesn't fall asleep with a bottle in his mouth. This will help prevent cavities and also a condition known as “bottle mouth,” when the sugars from milk or juice eat away the enamel of the teeth.
See more tips to help your teething tot with our teething video guides.
Senses: Your Baby Can See Across the Room
Around the six-month mark, your little boy’s depth perception has improved. He will be able to see much further away now, perhaps even several feet or more. In fact, he can now focus on objects without getting cross-eyed, and can also tell the difference between colors.
Movement: Sitting With Support
Your little one is getting stronger and more mobile by the day. Around the time he’s 6 months old, he may be able to roll over in both directions. Keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t fall off the bed or couch. It’s better not to let him surprise you with his new skills when you’re not expecting it.
Each movement prepares him for the next step. As his trunk and neck get stronger, he may even be able to sit when placed in a seating position with support. Over the weeks he’ll get more confident, and soon he’ll also be able to stay seated without any help.
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Personality: Your Baby Recognizes His Name
Your baby is turning into a little communicator after spending his first few months listening to your voice and noticing the sounds you make. He may start to imitate the sounds of speech around the time he is 6 months old. If you call him by his name, he may perk up and take notice. Also, when you say the word “no,” he may pause what he’s doing in response. Slowly, your little one will start to associate words with objects. It’s going to be a thrill to observe how his language skills develop over the coming months!
As your little one gets more mobile and curious, he may become a little feistier, too. At his age, discipline is about keeping your baby safe. Setting boundaries helps teach your little one what acceptable and unacceptable behavior is. The best way to handle an overly assertive 6-month-old is not to punish him, but to reward desired behavior. If you notice your baby doing something that’s not allowed, stop him, let him know it’s wrong, and get him interested in a better activity instead.
How to Support Your Baby’s Development
You can take an active part of your baby’s learning journey. Reading, singing, talking, and playing with your baby every day not only brings the two of you closer together but also helps his brain develop. You can think of the words your baby hears as little seeds: Each one gets planted in his mind and will help him grow a vocabulary forest in his brain. Reading aloud doesn’t just teach him new words, but also encourages him to listen, introduces him to new concepts and ideas, teaches him about the world, and gives him lessons in how to communicate.
Reading to your baby can also help your little one grow socially and emotionally, especially if you tap your inner actor to read with emotions and sound effects. Your baby will want to look, point, and touch the page as you read. This helps him build his social development and thinking skills, too. The more words he hears, the more he’ll try to copy sounds, remember words, and recognize pictures. Try to set aside some time to read each day, and soon you’ll find it’s an activity you both love. Get inspired with these fun ideas in our video guides on active reading and playtime with your baby.
Feeding Your 6-Month-Old Baby
Now is an excellent time to introduce your 6-month-old baby to solid foods. Find a time of day when your baby is not feeling tired and is a little hungry. Support him in your lap or an infant seat and use a small spoon to feed him. Hold the spoon close to his lips, and let him smell and taste the food. He may reject the food, but just try again a minute later. It’s perfectly normal for these first few spoonfuls of food to end up on the bib, the tray, or your baby’s chin.
Many babies will start with iron-fortified, single-grain cereal with some breast milk or formula, but if you’re not sure what to feed your baby, ask your baby’s healthcare provider for advice. Only give your baby one new food at a time, and wait a few days before adding a new item to the menu, like pureed vegetables or fruit. Keep an eye out for any rashes, diarrhea, or vomiting, and consult your healthcare provider to rule out any food allergies or sensitivities, especially if either you or your partner has a food allergy.
Make sure your baby sits in an upright position, and give him only soft, easy-to-swallow food to prevent choking. Do not put baby cereal in a bottle, as this can also be a choking hazard. In some cases, your healthcare provider may recommend bottle feeding with a thickened formula if your baby has reflux.
Even though your little one is varying his diet with solids, he will still need breast milk or formula. When your baby is 6 months old, he may be taking up to 8 ounces of breast milk or formula every four to five hours.
What your baby eats may change, but one thing remains: dirty diapers. Fortunately, all those diapers can be quite rewarding! Download the Pampers Club app and turn diapers and wipes into rewards and discounts.
How Much Sleep Does a 6-Month-Old Baby Need?
When your baby is this age, she may sleep around 12 to 16 hours per day. At 6 months old, she might snooze around nine hours at night, sometimes even longer, with a few brief awakenings. During the day, she will still need around two or three naps.
Don’t miss these must-watch sleep tips from the Smart Sleep Coach pediatric sleep consultant:
A Day in the Life of Your Baby
Although each baby is unique, here is an example of a daily schedule you could choose to follow when it comes to your baby’s eating, sleeping, bathing, and playing routine.
Your Baby’s Health: Earaches and Infections
As your baby gets more mobile and reaches for more objects, she will become more at risk of infection. Your best bet is to keep your baby away from anyone with the flu or any other infectious disease. Sometimes, though, it’s impossible to prevent your little one from getting sick. Some common health problems 6-month-olds may have are:
Diarrhea. This can be due to contact with viruses (like norovirus) or bacteria, from the introduction of new foods like fruit juice, or because your baby has a food allergy.
Fever. Infants may have temperatures higher than those of older children. On its own, a fever is not an illness, but rather a symptom of something else. It can mean your baby’s body is fighting infection.
Earache or ear infection. Middle ear infections are common for babies and children between 6 months and 3 years of age, and often occur after a child has had a cold. If your baby seems uncomfortable you can give acetaminophen or ibuprofen in a dose appropriate for her age, or use a warm compress on her ear to help ease the pain. Your baby’s healthcare provider may also recommend pain-relieving ear drops. Some ear infections are caused by bacteria and may require antibiotics, so talk to the healthcare provider about treatment options for your 6-month-old baby.
If you notice diarrhea, fever, or an ear infection, get it checked out by your baby’s healthcare provider, who can recommend treatment and rule out any more serious problems.
As your baby reaches out to grab things and explore the world, make sure you’re careful about the things his little hands can touch. Babies love putting objects into their mouths, so never give your 6-month-old any food or toys that might be a choking hazard, and don’t leave anything dangerous within his reach.
Your Life as a Parent: Dealing With Sibling Rivalry
If you have any older children, especially if they are under 2 years old, you may notice a spark of sibling rivalry. As your little one is getting bigger and starts demanding more attention, your older child may begin to feel a bit upset about sharing the spotlight. You can try to help soothe the older child’s feelings by involving him in more activities with the baby — maybe read a story or sing a song together. This can be fun for all of you and will make the older sibling feel more included in the baby’s life.
On average, babies gain about one pound each month for the first six months. The average weight at six months is about 16 pounds 2 ounces (7.3 kg) for girls and 17 pounds 8 ounces (7.9 kg) for boys.What should my 6 month old be eating? ›
6 months: Well-cooked and pureed meat, poultry or beans. Ground, cooked, single-grain cereal or infant cereal with breast milk or formula. Cooked and pureed vegetables.How much milk should a 6 month old drink when eating solids? ›
As your baby eats more solid foods, they may want less milk at each feed or even drop a milk feed altogether. If you're breastfeeding, your baby will adapt their feeds according to how much food they're having. As a guide, formula-fed babies may need around 600ml of milk a day.How much milk does a 6 month old drink? ›
By 6 months, your baby may drink 6–8 ounces (180–230 milliliters) about 4–5 times a day.At what age do babies crawl? ›
At 6 months old, babies will rock back and forth on hands and knees. This is a building block to crawling. As the child rocks, he may start to crawl backward before moving forward. By 9 months old, babies typically creep and crawl.What age will a baby sit up? ›
Your baby will need to have muscles strong enough to hold their head up on their own and control their movement. When they do, they're ready to practise sitting. Your baby should be showing signs of sitting by 8 months.What are the motor skills of a 6 month old? ›
Supporting weight, turning head, rolling over on his own, and pivoting are all typical gross motor behaviors for a child 6 months old. These actions are shown in addition to atypical motor movements at this age to allow you to clearly see the differences in baby's motor development.Can I give my 6 month old eggs? ›
You can introduce eggs to your baby around the same time you introduce solid foods, which is around 6 months old. In the beginning, however, you'll want to start with very soft or pureed foods (which can include whole grain infant cereals) before you progress to offering more textured foods.What can I give my 6 month old for breakfast? ›
- unsweetened porridge or lower-sugar cereal mixed with whole milk and topped with fruit, such as mashed ripe pear or banana.
- wholewheat biscuit cereal (choose lower-sugar options) with whole milk and fruit.
- Salt. Babies should not eat much salt, as it's not good for their kidneys. ...
- Sugar. Your baby does not need sugar. ...
- Saturated fat. ...
- Honey. ...
- Whole nuts and peanuts. ...
- Some cheeses. ...
- Raw and lightly cooked eggs. ...
- Rice drinks.
Foods like potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, dal, ghee, ragi, almonds, yogurt, eggs and milk help the baby to gain weight.What foods fatten babies up? ›
- Avocado. Avocados are a sugar-free healthy choice that contributes 2.5 grams of monounsaturated fat and 0.5 gram of polyunsaturated fat per 25-gram serving to Baby's diet.
- Kidney Beans. ...
- Eggs. ...
- Bananas. ...
- Mango. ...
- Lentils. ...
- Ground Meat. ...
- Whole Milk Yogurt.
- Stop or decrease solid foods, particularly if baby is younger than 6 months. ...
- Sleep close to your baby (this increases prolactin and frequency of nursing).
- Learn baby massage — this has been proven to improve digestion and weight gain.
But what happens when your baby starts eating solid food: is it possible to overfeed him? The short answer is: yes, if you ignore his cues and are not offering the right foods. Here's some advice on how to prevent overfeeding your baby: Look out for cues and stop feeding your baby when he is full.Do I have to feed 6 month old solids everyday? ›
This depends on several factors, including when you introduce solids and how well your baby takes to them. Typically, solids are introduced at 1 meal per day, so if you are starting solids at 6 months, you'll start there. If you began solids earlier at 4 or 5 months, your 6 month old may be eating twice in a day.What time of the day is best to feed baby solids? ›
There's no "perfect" time of day to feed your baby — it's whenever works for you. If you're breastfeeding, you might offer solids when your milk supply is at its lowest (probably late afternoon or early evening). On the other hand, babies who wake up bright-eyed and eager might be happy to sample solids for breakfast.Do babies drink less milk after starting solids? ›
As your baby starts eating solid foods, he or she will drink less. Slowly increase the amount of solid food you offer and decrease the amount of breast milk or formula. Remember, all foods should be offered by spoon and not in the bottle.How many bottles a day should 6 month old have? ›
Babies 6 to 12 months old should drink 3 to 5 bottles every day. He or she may drink up to 8 ounces at each feeding. You may increase the time between feedings if your baby is not hungry. You may also start to feed your baby foods at 6 months.Do babies drink less milk at 6 months? ›
Whether you're breastfeeding or formula-feeding, the amount of milk your baby takes will start to decline once you give them their first foods at six months of age.Do babies sit up or crawl first? ›
Do Babies Crawl or Sit Up First? Your baby will likely learn to sit up before being able to crawl. The strength and balance needed to sit up with and without support is typically developed between 6 and 8 months of age, whereas the skill to crawl is typically developed between 7 and 10 months of age.
If your baby isn't sitting on their own by age nine months, contact your pediatrician. It may be good to act sooner, especially if your baby is close to 9 months and is unable to sit with support. Development varies from baby to baby, but this may be a sign of a gross motor skill delay.Why baby walker is not recommended? ›
Walkers — devices with wheeled frames and suspended seats that let babies move around using their feet — are indeed a safety hazard. Walkers are a leading cause of injuries in babies, so health and safety experts strongly discourage their use. While in walkers, babies can roll into hot stoves, heaters, and pools.Why do babies grab their feet? ›
While it might seem like just a really cute way to play, this is actually an important motor milestone that your baby is reaching! Known sometimes as “finding their feet,” baby reaches hands to feet to get familiar with their body and movements. This milestone usually happens around 4-6 months of age.What activities should a 6 month old be doing? ›
Some great games and activities for 6-month-old babies include peekaboo, kicking, tummy time, making bubbles, singing, clapping, reading a book, flying, and doing sit-ups. No matter what you do, playing games and interacting with your baby helps enhance their development.How do I know if my baby is slow? ›
- Delayed rolling over, sitting, or walking.
- Poor head and neck control.
- Muscle stiffness or floppiness.
- Speech delay.
- Swallowing difficulty.
- Body posture that is limp or awkward.
- Muscle spasms.
At 6 months, your baby begins babbling with different sounds. For example, your baby may say "ba-ba" or "da-da." By the end of the sixth or seventh month, babies respond to their own names, recognize their native language, and use their tone of voice to tell you they're happy or upset.What kind of juice can I give my 6 month old? ›
Even “all-natural” fruit juices contain a lot of sugar. That's because fruit itself naturally contains sugar. Because of this, it's best not to give juice to children under a year old, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).What age can babies eat bread? ›
The Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) gives the go-ahead for starting a variety of solid foods from around 6 months old — and bread can be included from this age.When can a baby eat yogurt? ›
You can introduce yogurt and cheese once your baby is six months old, as long as they continue to eat a variety of iron-rich foods. Let your baby enjoy the taste of plain unsweetened yogurt, or add fresh, canned or frozen fruit.Can I serve my 6 month old scrambled eggs? ›
You can give your baby the entire egg (yolk and white), if your pediatrician recommends it. Around 6 months, puree or mash one hard-boiled or scrambled egg and serve it to your baby. For a more liquid consistency, add breast milk or water. Around 8 months, scrambled egg pieces are a fantastic finger food.
Beef. High in iron, zinc, and protein, beef is a terrific first food for babies. Start with ground beef and cook on the stove-top until completely browned. Puree and serve as is or mixed with veggie puree such as sweet potato, cauliflower, or broccoli.What fruits should babies avoid? ›
Avoid feeding citrus fruits and juices to your baby for the first couple of months. These foods are high in Vitamin C and acid, which can cause an upset tummy and/or acid reflux in your baby. Remember, their digestive system is still developing.What solids should babies avoid? ›
- coffee and tea, herbal drinks are not recommended.
- fruit juice.
- honey until 12 months (to prevent botulism)
- processed foods.
- raw or runny eggs (bacteria in raw eggs can be harmful to babies)
- sugar sweetened drinks.
- unpasteurised milks.
Bananas. This fruit is rich in potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and carbohydrates. It is also loaded with calories, making it a great food for your baby to eat to gain weight.Is banana everyday good for baby? ›
Yes. Bananas are packed with carbohydrates to energize the body and essential nutrients that babies need to thrive, like folate, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium. Together these nutrients support the nervous system, skin health, iron absorption, and blood pressure.What causes a baby not to gain weight? ›
Sometimes, a breastfed baby will gain weight more slowly than he or she should. This could be because the mother isn't making enough milk, the baby can't get enough milk out of the breast, or the baby has a medical problem. Your baby's healthcare provider should evaluate any instance of poor weight gain.How much banana should I give my 6 month old? ›
Doctors recommend that you give your child bananas at the age of 6 months, right around the time he starts eating semi-solids. A small banana per day for a 6-month-old baby is ideal. Initially start by feeding 2 tsp of mashed banana before moving on to other ways of serving them.Why do babies lose weight after 6 months? ›
Ongoing weight loss in young infants is commonly caused by acute infection, problems with feeding, milk protein allergy, malnutrition, or failure to thrive. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, pyloric stenosis, and child neglect are other frequent etiologies.Does baby weight gain slow down after 6 months? ›
Between three and six months of age, the average rate of baby weight gain slows down to between 105 and 147 grams (four to five ounces) per week. Between six and 12 months, the average growth rate is 70 to 91 grams (2½ to three ounces) per week.How can I make my baby chubby and healthy? ›
- Breastfeed. Some mothers cannot do this at all, and many cannot do it for very long. ...
- Don't respond to every cry with a feed. Babies cry for all sorts of reasons. ...
- Don't overfeed. ...
- Give healthy solid food. ...
- Start family meals early. ...
- Get your baby moving.
Expect your baby to double his or her birth weight by about age 5 months. From ages 6 to 12 months, a baby might grow 3/8 inch (about 1 centimeter) a month and gain 3 to 5 ounces (about 85 to 140 grams) a week. Expect your baby to triple his or her birth weight by about age 1 year.Which syrup is best for weight gain for babies? ›
Give syrup Zincovit 2 ml once a day . It will help in increasing appetite in baby. Child should take at least 3 solid feeds and in between nursings of milk.Do babies gain weight slower after 6 months? ›
Between three and six months of age, the average rate of baby weight gain slows down to between 105 and 147 grams (four to five ounces) per week. Between six and 12 months, the average growth rate is 70 to 91 grams (2½ to three ounces) per week.Do babies lose weight when starting solids? ›
Even after starting solids, the majority of their calories will come from breast milk or formula for the duration of the first year. Sometimes there may be a lull in weight gain when beginning solids. Make sure that your baby is still getting frequent breast milk or formula feeds even after starting solids.How can I increase my baby's weight naturally? ›
- Breast Milk. From 1 month to 4 months, a baby is primarily breastfed milk. ...
- Mashed Banana and Apple. After the 5th month, the baby will transition to semi liquid-based food, so you can start including baby food recipes to gain weight. ...
- Mashed Lentils. ...
- Egg Yolks. ...
- Fish. ...
- Cheese or Paneer. ...
- Butter or Ghee.
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin). ...
- Vitamin B3 (niacin). ...
- Vitamin B6. ...
- Vitamin B12. ...
- Vitamin C. ...
- Vitamin D. Helps the body absorb calcium from food, and keeps bones and teeth healthy. ...
- Vitamin E. Protects cells from damage, and strengthens the immune system.
- Vitamin K. Helps the blood to clot.
If your baby was born at a low birth weight due to early or premature delivery, or as a result of being a multiple, they may continue to be small for the first several months of life, or longer. Remember, too, that babies born at low, normal, or high weight can fluctuate in their progress.