Caring for Baby

Rockin’ and Rollin’

Rockin’ and Rollin’

Does it seem like six months flew by in the blink of an eye? By now, your baby has probably doubled his birth weight and grown out of those teeny, tiny baby clothes! Baby has lots of new skills, and he’s ready to be more independent as he explores his world.

Remember: Babies grow and develop at their own pace, and you should ask your child’s doctor if you have questions or concerns.

6 Month Milestones

Look what I can do …

  • Sit up without support
  • Roll over in both directions
  • Rock back and forth in crawling position
  • Try to get things that are out of reach
  • Support weight on my legs and even bounce in a standing position
  • Make vowel sounds (“ah,” “eh,” “oh”)

How You Can Help

  1. Sit up and say cheese! At first you may prop baby with pillows on the floor in a sitting position. Soon he’ll be sitting up without support. Don’t be surprised if he topples over (especially if he’s trying to reach something)! He’ll work on building those core muscles so sitting up will soon be second nature. Time to snap photos of baby sitting up all by himself!
  2. Explore interesting textures. Baby loves to explore with touch. You might fill a box or container with toys that feel different and encourage baby to reach in and explore.
  3. Lots of floor time. Baby may be able to travel across the room by rolling over. Place toys out of reach to see if she’ll go for it. Baby may also start thinking about forward and backward motion, rocking back and forth in a crawling position.
  4. Blow bubbles. Need an idea for a fun diversion? Blow bubbles and watch baby giggle and try to catch them. Try this activity when baby is learning to sit up with support, or sitting up on her own. When baby is sitting on the floor, blow bubbles close enough so she can reach (and pop) them.

What About the “What-Ifs”?

There are many “what-ifs” in parenting, especially when your baby is experiencing so many rapid changes. You may wonder: What if my baby doesn’t make eye contact with me? What if he’s not sleeping through the night yet? What if my baby is teething?

Your child’s doctor can help identify any potential red flags early on, such as:

  • Not responding to sounds
  • Not cooing, babbling or imitating sounds
  • Not laughing, smiling or showing affection
  • Lack of strong head control
  • Inability to roll over
  • Seems very stiff (tight muscles) or very floppy (like a rag doll)