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Baby development: what should your 6 month old baby be able to do

A 6-month-old baby likes people to notice him and calls his parents to be with him. He turns toward the caller, does not like strangers, and stops crying when he hears music. At this stage, his intelligence, reasoning and social relationship of the baby stand out, especially in interactions with parents or siblings.

At this stage, the baby likes to take everything that is within reach and brings everything to his mouth, to experience textures, flavors and consistency. Therefore, during this phase parents need to be careful, paying attention to what the baby puts in the mouth to prevent the baby from swallowing small things.

Baby development: what should your 6 month old baby be able to do

Weight of a 6 month old baby

This table indicates the ideal baby weight for this age, however, the weight may vary slightly, and the baby may have more or less weight.

Weight7,6 g7,3 g
Height64 cm63 cm
Head circumference for age43 cm42 cm
Chest circumference42,5 cm41,5 cm
Monthly weight gain600 g600 g

In general, infants at this stage of development maintain a pattern of weight gain of 600 g a month. If the weight is much higher than what we indicated here, it is possible that he is overweight and in this case you should seek the pediatrician.

6 month old baby's sleep pattern

The baby's 6-month sleep is refreshing and at this age, the baby may already be sleeping alone in his own room. To do this, you should always leave a night light on at night to make it easier for the baby to adjust, and leave the door open for the baby to feel calmer by feeling the presence of his parents.

Also, a teddy bear or a small cushion so he can hug and not feel alone can also help during this adjustment phase.

Baby development: what should your 6 month old baby be able to do

Your 6-Month-Old Baby’s Development

The baby at 6 months starts to play hide and seek by hiding his face with a diaper. In addition, the baby at six months already tries to vocalize vowels and consonants and parents should speak to him in adult language and not with words in the diminutive form.

The baby's language is developing and the baby spends a lot of time babbling, and at this stage new consonants like Z, F and T begin to emerge slowly. Babies that babble more and with different tones demonstrate an excellent development of their intelligence.

During this phase the baby already tries to roll in the bed and is able to sit when it is supported, being able to turn himself alone. In some cases of early development, the baby may even be able to sit alone without support.

It is also at this stage that because of the baby's responses, they can identify other problems, such as hearing problems, for example.

Birthing of teeth 

The birthing of teeth occurs at around 6 months and the front teeth, the ones below and then the top, are the first to be born. The symptoms of the birthing of the first teeth may be agitation, changes in sleep patterns, changes in appetite, dry cough, excess saliva and sometimes fever.

To ease the discomfort of the first teeth, parents can massage their babies' gums with their fingertips or give toys like bitters to bite.

What should a 6 Month old baby eat

At 6 months, the baby should start eating soups and purees of vegetables and fruit jellies, so that he or she begins to adapt to foods with different flavor and consistency. At this age the baby also has an intestinal maturity that allows him to digest food, and his stage of physical development also requires foods with nutritional value different from the milk offered to him until now.

At 6 months the baby begins to eat new foods, so it is important to differentiate and start introducing new foods that is not only important for their nutrition but also their cognitive development. A good way to start varied food is with the BLW method, where the baby begins to eat alone, holding the food with his or her hands. In this method all baby meals are with cooked foods that he is able to hold with his hands and eat alone.

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