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Your 6 Months Old

At 6 months, our baby Ondeya started to show some situational awareness.

She knows the difference between us her parents and a stranger, and enjoys seeing herself in a mirror.

She can respond to her name, have “conversations” with us consisting of sounds, and is rolling over and slowly starting to sit without support (or at least getting close to doing so).

Explore. Some behaviors, such as curiosity and bringing objects to the mouth are continuing to intensify. Our baby is starting to become interested in and trying to grab things that are out of reach. Ondeya uses her hands together and pass objects from one to the other.

Communicate. Your baby is continuing to develop language skills, responding to sounds by making them and maybe even having “conversations” with you, if you respond to their sounds with your own. He/ She might be starting to learn consonants, such as “m” sounds.

The science of your 6-month-old

Most 6-month-olds are continuing to get better at using their “equipment,” both mentally and physically. Not only can they make sounds, but they can use those sounds to interact with others verbally.

They’ve mastered some sounds, but can also use them to communicate their moods and feelings. If 4 months was about software development — when babies begin to lay down neural pathways in the brain to use their bodies — 6 months is about demonstrating that the software is getting more sophisticated with time.

Your baby’s vision is also getting pretty good, almost 20/20. Their eyes should work together well enough to give your child proper depth perception and the ability to see in three dimensions. A 6-month-old baby is also developing stronger muscles — head control is a must at this point. He/she should also be eating solids (if you haven’t introduced them yet, talk with your doctor about it). Babies this age have increased control of their trunks, which allows them to sit on their own, often in a tripod position using their own arms in front of them for support. Babies at 6 months of age are also typically able to roll between stomach and back — but don’t panic if they’re not. It won’t be long now until they’re mobile. Many mammals can walk soon after birth. Humans can’t. We develop those skills slowly over time.

Hands: Your baby is also mastering her hands. She might not have a full “pincer” grasp using a thumb and forefinger, but she should have better control over her fingers than she did at 4 months. She should be able to transfer objects from one hand to the other. As she reaches new parts of her body, she may become fascinated by the sensations she feels.

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