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Can you believe half a year has passed since your baby was born? We're sharing developmental milestones for your 6-month old as well as some tips on car seat safety.
At six months old, your baby:
Responds to his or her name
Knows the difference between familiar and unfamiliar people.
May sit fairly steadily without support.
Remember, though individual babies grow and master skills at their own pace, developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. How your baby plays, learns, vocalizes and acts offers important clues to his development. Tell your child's doctor or nurse if you notice any of these signs of possible developmental delay for this age, including:
Shows no affection for caregivers
Doesn’t try to get things that are in reach
Doesn’t respond to sounds around him
Has difficulty getting things to mouth
Doesn’t make vowel sounds (“ah”, “eh”, “oh”)
Doesn’t roll over in either direction
Doesn’t laugh or make squealing sounds
Seems very stiff, with tight muscles
Seems very floppy, like a rag doll
Safety on the Road
Did you know that California law requires children under the age of 1 to ride in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat?
In fact, many child safety experts recommend that children should remain in rear-facing car seats until age 2!
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Looking for tips on how to choose a car seat? Check out 2017 Mom's Picks: Best Car Seats from babycenter.com.
At six months old, most babies have doubled their birth weight and now their growth begins to slow to about a pound a month. Their brains, however, continue to grow and develop at amazing rates.
What's the best way you can help your baby build a bigger, smarter brain? Play, of course!
Playing with Your 6-Month Old
Babies at this age are learning that objects (and people) continue to exist even when they can’t be seen. This makes peek-a-boo a great game: Dad is there, then behind a blanket or dish towel, then there again – amazing! You can also try covering up a toy while baby is watching and see if he will try to uncover it.
Babies in the second half of the first year are interested in cause and effect: put a toy out of reach on a blanket or cloth and show your baby how to pull the cloth to bring the toy within reach. Once she’s mastered it, she’ll want to do it again and again.
Toys with a short string can work the same way. Make sure the string is not long enough to go around the baby’s neck or it could be a strangulation hazard! A jack- in-the-box or similar toy is also great fun at this age. Though babies can’t run it themselves, they love to watch you do it!
The sound a wooden spoon makes on an upside-down pot will also interest babies this age – they love to see you do something and then try to imitate it. In the beginning she may hit the pot accidentally but soon enough she will be able to "bang the drum" on purpose!
Another good activity is putting objects into others and taking them out. There are toys available that are see-through and contain others, but using plastic kitchen storage containers and small toys you already have works just as well. Put some toys in a plastic box without the lid and help your baby figure out how to get them out. Putting them back in will be fun, too.
As always, you are your baby’s favorite plaything. Take time to get down on the floor with your baby to play. Play copy-cat with her by letting her imitate things you do with your face, mouth, and hands.
Read books, especially ones with rhyming words or pages with things to touch and feel on them. Sing, dance, and go for walks holding your baby or wearing him in a sling or front-pack so you are both seeing the same things. Start to point to simple objects and name them. You can even make a little book with pictures from magazines to “read” to your baby – point to each object and name it. Soon, your baby will be doing the pointing!