SIX MONTHS

DRUM - - Health -

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.

PAR­ENT POINTERS

“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.

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