Your baby will begin to enjoy playing with others, especially their parents, and will love looking in a mirror. They’ll start stringing vowels together, making sounds like “ah” and “oh”, as well as using consonants such as “mmm” or “bbb”. They’ll start passing things from one hand to the other, roll over in both directions and begin to sit without support. When standing, they’ll support their weight on their legs and might bounce.
Babies should show affection for their caregivers by now, and laugh and make squealing sounds, Dr Zühlke notes. “Keep checking your baby’s flexibility – they should not seem very stiff, with tight muscles, or very floppy, like a rag doll.”
Stiff limbs can be a warning sign for cerebral palsy, and floppiness could be due to low muscle tone, which can be cause problems with things like movement, coordination and balance.
“Play clapping games with your baby and talk to them as you play,” Naeser suggests. “If your baby isn’t yet sitting without support, put them in a big cardboard box propped up with cushions. When they start crawling encourage them to move by calling them, and give them their own spoon at mealtimes so they can try to feed themselves.” This is the time to make sure your house is baby safe.