by July 8, 2015 updated on
I have compiled a list of development milestones for your 6-month-old baby. Read on to know the six-month-growth-markers
Your baby is just 6 short months away from celebrating his/her first birthday. Yay yay! I celebrated my baby’s halfway through his first-year-phase by cutting a cake (and ofcourse checking on some basic growth-and-development milestones). Yes! The mumma inside me is extremely particular about ‘milestones’. So, here we go with a few crucial ones for a six-month-old infant:
1. Baby weight: Should have doubled-up. So if, at the time of birth, he/she weighed around 3 kilos, then by now, he should be atleast 6 kilos!
2. Motor skills: Your baby can now sit upright on his own. Can roll from his back to his stomach and vice versa. Has he tried to move backward (or creep forward) on his stomach? Not yer? Get ready for some fun then 🙂
3. Communication skills are getting better: Social skills are developing at a fast pace. He is smiling, laughing, and babbling away to glory. Remember it’s easy for your baby to say da-da, pa-pa and ba-ba. So, don’t be disappointed if he hasn’t said ma-ma yet. It might take sometime. He recognizes you for sure. Besides, he might have developed an instant liking to a particular toy. Call it his ‘favorite toy’ because he might be playing with it a lot more than any other toys or accessories. Additionally, with some babies the first sign of fear while stepping in an unfamiliar environment/meeting strangers might develop now. Don’t worry if in such situations, he is crying way too often. You will learn to cope with it in your own way.
4. Eating: An important milestone for breastfed babies. While the breastmilk continues, it’s also time to introduce semi-solid diet and maybe some cow/buffalo milk as top feed to your diet chart. Babies usually take some time to adapt themselves to a different-sort-of-diet. It is recommended that you gradually introduce different tastes and flavors to your 6-months-old. Start with blended fruits and vegetable puree one at a time. Wait a few days each time you try something new to make sure he isn’t allergic to it.
Disclaimer: Each baby is different from the other in terms of developmental mileposts. Don’t panic if your baby hasn’t shown all of the above six-month-markers. However, do speak to your pediatrician if he/she hasn’t achieved even one of the indicators.