Sitting, slobbering, and snoozing

Playing is teaching. Doing is learning.

Keep in mind that every baby develops on a different schedule, but by now your baby may 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—now is the time to make sure small or potentially dangerous items are placed where baby can’t reach them

Sleep patterns and tips.

Your baby may be sleeping through the night by now. If so, great! If not, you’re not alone. Talk with your baby’s doctor about any sleep concerns you have.

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 (

The AAP recommends that your baby sleep on her back to reduce the risk of SIDS. Learn about SIDS at the American Academy of Pediatrics.