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6 to 7 months old

Katie de Klee
How your baby will grow and develop, some great tips and what to expect from the month ahead.

In this article we will look at:

  • What's happening now
  • How your baby is developing
  • Tips for you this month
  • This month's To Do list
  • If you have 5 minutes...
  • Mom's top tips.

 

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What’s happening now:
  • Your baby is half a year old!
  • Your baby’s eyes might have changed colour.
  • You can start introducing solid food.
  • Teething. Uh oh.
  • You may have to return to work.
How your baby is developing:
Now that your baby is six months old, you can slowly start introducing solid foods. It’s a good idea to start with baby cereal or pureed or mashed fruit, mixed with your baby’s milk. Introduce foods slowly and one at a time so that you can recognise any allergies or intolerances.

Your baby is more mobile now: rolling over from tummy to back or shuffling forwards on their tummy by pushing against the floor with their knees. You may feel as if you constantly have to keep an eye on your baby because they can so quickly scootch off when you’re not looking!

If your baby’s eye colour has changed since birth, you can rest assured that this will now be their permanent eye colour. You can also look forward to a first tooth this month or next (although some babies teethe earlier than 6 months and some much later!) Teething can be painful for both you and your baby, so you’ll need a lot of patience. If your toddler has a sore, red gum or one cheek is flushed and they are fretful, dribbling and chewing a lot, then they are probably suffering from teething pain. A teething ring to chew can help ease the pain – if you keep the ring in the fridge it will feel nice and cool on your baby’s gums.
 
Tips for you this month:
If you haven’t already returned to work, this will probably be the month you have to start thinking about it. With any luck, you will have found a nanny you like, and your baby and the nanny will have met a few times. Leaving your baby while you go to work is difficult for many Moms, and you’re likely to miss them terribly in the beginning… Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. It does get easier.
Solid food this month is more for the experience than the nutrition - your baby will still need breast milk for some time. Many moms don’t realise that breast milk can be frozen as long as you use it within a month. Expressing in advance can make your life a lot easier.

It’s important to remember that all babies develop at their own pace, and no two are alike when it comes to reaching milestones.  If you think your baby is not developing as quickly as they should, you can speak to your doctor or clinic sister, but as much as possible try not to compare your child with another. After all, your baby is the most unique and wonderful baby you’ve ever met, aren’t they?

This month’s To Do list:
  • Take a look at our Feeding Buying Guide to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Call your baby by name a lot – they will be recognising the sound of their name by now.
  • Start putting away some money for your baby’s future.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
As much as possible, you need to make sure you are as well nourished as your baby is. Try to make time for breakfast and snack on fruit, nuts or cut up vegetables if you feel peckish. Even though your baby is your top priority, it’s important to look after yourself as well.

Curious about next month? 
Click here to find out what happens next month… And the month after.

Share your thoughts and concerns.
Chat with other Moms in your area or at the same developmental stage as you in BabyGroup Forums.

BabyGroup says…
This article has been checked by Dr Claudia Gray, Paediatrician. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.


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