The 6-month-old baby

O bebê de 6 meses

At 6 months, your baby will make several discoveries and go through some changes, which you will have to adapt together. You, Mom, and the whole family need to be patient to help the baby understand what happens.

The baby’s vision starts to get as good as an adult’s, associated with the perception of sounds, colors and objects around him. He now holds it with both hands and will continue to bring it to his mouth, so pay close attention to things that are sharp or that may cause harm to him.

He is also able to sit alone, but you need to keep an eye on him, because even though he is firmer, he still does not have full control of his body and he may fall forward and he will not have that reaction of putting his hand to hold and his head goes straight to the ground.

It is also worth placing pillows around it for protection.

Remembering that each baby is unique and develop at different rates. Don’t want to rush yours. Premature babies may take a little longer. Talk to your pediatrician if you notice anything, but never compare it to other babies.

 

Birth of teeth

The baby’s first teeth can appear from 6 months. This phase brings a lot of discomfort to him, because the gums itch and can have pain.

You will see your baby desperate, putting in his mouth, even more, everything he sees ahead in order to try to relieve the itch.

A tip are those teethers with water inside, which should be placed in the refrigerator, not frozen. The chill helps to calm despair.

Some babies may have a fever, but the real cause is not exactly the birth of the tooth, what can be is how the gums become more swollen, inflammation occurs.

And if you haven’t started using bibs yet, this is definitely the time, because he will drool a lot.

 

Stimuli and games

As your baby is more active and attentive to everything, one way to stimulate the senses is to show things close to him, say his name and imitate sounds. For example, on a walk in the morning, when you see a car, point and say “look at the car,‘ bruuu ’,‘ bibi ’”, or a dog “look at the dog,‘ au, au ’”.

Ah, now you can go for a walk in the mall and other places full of people, but keep taking care of his hands. Don’t be shy about asking people not to pick up or get too close.

Another very fun stimulus for the baby is reading. Read and show them books with colorful stories and try to change the intonation of the characters’ voices. In addition to developing vision, hearing and speech, you can still see your baby laughing with your interpretation.

Keep laying on your stomach to strengthen your muscles and do the exercise of holding your hands so that your legs are firm, while working hard to stand for a few moments.

Forget the walker. Not recommended by pediatricians and an unnecessary expense, the walker can delay the baby’s normal motor development, damage the joints and increase the risk of accidents.

 

Most obvious feelings

If in the beginning it was very difficult to understand why your baby was crying so much, now he will be making his feelings much clearer. It becomes easier to interpret when he is sad, angry, happy or comfortable.

 

Food

The long-awaited first baby food can happen from 6 months. Some pediatricians prefer to wait a little longer, releasing only after 7 months, as the baby grows, so talk to your pediatrician before offering any food to your child.

If the doctor agrees with the first fruit, you need to understand that your baby may not be as excited as you are and it will take patience and persistence for him to get used to flavors other than milk.

Expert tip to avoid constipation is to offer fruits like papaya or apple banana.

Remembering that sugar should not be put in the baby food. The baby must feel the natural taste of the food, in addition to harming the digestive system.

Another recommendation is never to process in a blender, so as not to break the fibers of the food. Knead well with a fork or if you want to leave more soft, pass through a thick sieve.

Other foods that should not be offered to babies because they present a health risk are honey, which has a harmful bacteria to babies under 1 year old and egg white, which can be allergenic. It is also important to note whether certain foods cause allergic reactions and write everything down to show the pediatrician.

Of course, milk remains an extremely important source of food. The World Health Organization recommends keeping up to 2 years of age.

 

Sleep

The baby’s sleep is probably well defined and he sleeps all night. Your baby has the potential to be a sleeping baby, but it needs to be taught how to do that.

Determine a time for this sleep routine, keep activities that relax the baby, reduce the sounds and lights of the house and his room, preferably turn off all l uzes, sing or put on a quiet song to play.

 

Back to work

There are companies that allow the mother to extend maternity leave to 6 months. Which is good for you to enjoy these 2 months more and see your baby’s progress.

If there is no way to postpone this moment, have already decided where or with whom your baby will stay during the time you are working, that is, nursery, school, nanny, family …

This separation can be difficult, but it is up to you to decide on your needs, your baby and your family.

 

Vaccine

This is the month of VIP vaccines, against infantile and Pentavalent paralysis, against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, meningitis and infections caused by Haemophilus influenzae type B.

There is also a campaign for babies from 6 months to 1 year for the measles vaccine and the H1N1 influenza virus.

These vaccines should cause reactions such as pain at the bite, irritation and fever. It is advisable to take your baby on the weekend, so that he has a quieter time to go through this period and you can take care of him, because he will be very sly and wanting mom.

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Karla Mendonça

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