By Colleen Hurley, RD Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
During this exciting stage of development at 3 to 6 months old, your baby will be amazed with his newfound skills and the intriguing world around him, all of which is certain to entertain you in the process. Around this time, your baby will no longer be content to simply lie down when he’s awake. Be sure to sit him up in an infant seat so he can see what is going on.
Your baby’s new found skills may include: • Giggling at your funny faces and trying to imitate you • Turning her head and body to follow sounds • Passing toys from one hand to the other • Becoming aware of cause and effect: if he pushes a toy, it will move! • Rolling over and using her arms to lift her upper body off the floor to look around • Focusing on things around him • Identifying things with her mouth- everything seems to go in there!
< p>Speaking of speaking
Your baby is now making more noises than ever before. If you put forth the effort to make the process of communication as fun you can, you are likely to have a talkative child. You and your baby may even have a conversation as she begins “talking” and listening in turn. She will start developing open vowel sounds like “aah” and “ooh” and then she will add “P”, “B”, “K”, and “M” to them. At around six months old, your baby will probably have picked up “da”, “ga”, and “ma” which will be strung into consecutive “sentences”. You may find at this point that she “chats” to herself for entertainment. Don’t expect too much too fast though, she is still quite a ways away from saying “mommy” or “daddy”.
There are some things you can do to help continue language development:
• Read baby books: she will love the sound of your voice and enjoy the vibrant colors and pictures • Have daily “conversations”: make sure to give him plenty of time to respond • Get in quality face time: let her get close to your face and tune into you • Whistle while you work: sing, hum, or talk to him about what you are doing when he is in the room with you • Take her with you: try to carry her around with you as much as possible • Mirror mirror on the wall: play with him in front of the mirror to help give him a better idea of who he is and also encourage positive emotional development
Early child development is a fun, exciting time so be sure to enjoy all of your baby’s new experiences. Watching your baby grow is one of the greatest joys of parenting. At just about 6 months, it may be time to start feeding your baby solid foods. See our Introducing Solid Foods post for more information. Remember, every baby is unique and will develop on his or her own schedule. As always, consult your physician if you have any questions or concerns.