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    New sounds, new foods, new people.

    A six month old infant girl staring upwards

    Your baby’s world right now

    Half a year. A whole new ballgame.
    This month, your baby is laying the groundwork for speech with every sound she makes. Keep talking with her this month. Also, she’s becoming more aware of you as a separate person. A good way to help calm her fear of being alone is by playing "peek-a-boo."
    A spoon with food for infants on it

    Your baby’s nutrition

    Give her a solid start.
    Check with your baby's healthcare provider to determine if now is the time to introduce solid foods. When you do start to introduce solid foods, start gradually and one at a time to check for allergic reactions. If she has a severe reaction to a specific food, contact your healthcare provider.

    Some foods to consider in addition to breast milk or baby formula:

    • Iron-fortified baby cereals (rice, barley, oats)
    • Pureed meat (fully cooked beef, pork, chicken)
    • Pureed or strained fruits (bananas, pears, applesauce, peaches)
    • Pureed or strained vegetables (avocados, well-cooked carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes)
    A six month old girl smiling while inside a crib

    Your baby’s development

    Playing is teaching. Doing is learning.
    Keep in mind that every baby develops on a different schedule, but by the end of month 6, your baby will likely be able to do the following:

    • Sit up without support
    • Begin to explore objects by putting them in her mouth
    • Pick up things by "raking" them with her fingers (You will want to be even more careful now about what you leave around the house.)

    Sleep patterns and tips at 6 months.
    • Once your baby is 6 months old, she'll probably be sleeping through the night. But she occasionally might wake up during the night.
    • At this age, if she still wakes up several times a night, talk with your healthcare professional about possible causes and solutions.
    • During the day, your baby will be wide-awake and active for extended periods, and should be taking two or three short naps totaling three to four hours.

    Have questions about SIDS?
    Learn about SIDS at the American Academy of Pediatrics.
    A six month old Asian infant opening its mouth and opening its arm

    Things to think about now

    Separation anxiety is nothing to worry about.
    If your 6-month-old cries when you leave the room, she might be suffering from a new fear known as baby separation anxiety. The best way to calm your baby is to leave, wait for a minute or two, and then return. Repeating this pattern, at progressively longer intervals, will help her realize that you always come back. When you soothe and calm your fussy baby, she gets the message that all is well. It is a message that will stay with her as she grows.

    Next month’s developments

    That’s the TOOTH!
    You may not see it yet, but the first tooth is coming. Along with drooling, gum irritation, and a possible skin rash.