What can you look forward to now that your baby is six months old?
WORDS NURULHUDA SUHAIMI
You’ve survived the first six months and it’s amazing just how much your baby has grown. Here’s what else to expect in the second half of her first year.
By six months, your baby’s back muscles will be stronger, allowing her to sit upright on her own, unsupported. When in a sitting position, she’ll be able to hold her head steadily upright. By this time, your baby will also be able to roll over on her own in both directions – from stomach to back, and from back to stomach.
Your baby’s arm and leg muscles are getting much stronger too. By seven months, she’ll be able to support herself when placed on her stomach by lifting herself with her arms. When you hold her in a standing position, her legs will be strong enough to support her weight, allowing her to bounce up and down.
With her stronger muscles, you can expect your baby to start her
journey towards taking her first steps at this stage.
At around six months, she’ll also be able to vocalise single-syllable sounds such as “ba”, “da”, and “ma”. She’ll even imitate any sounds you make too.
9 to 12 Months
By nine months, your baby will progress from crawling to standing. She’ll also be able to stand while holding on to furniture for at least five seconds. When your baby is able to do this, the “cruising” stage will start. This means your baby can walk from one place to another while holding on to something, By ten months, your baby might be able to stand up all by herself without any help.
When it comes to walking, some babies might be able to do this by their first birthday, but this definitely doesn’t apply to every baby. Some might take their first steps earlier, while others might start walking as late as 16 months. So don’t worry if your baby has reached one year old and is unable to walk on her own yet. Just be patient; when your baby is ready, she’ll wow you with her walking prowess.
If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to childproof your home when your baby reaches this age. This stage of your baby’s development is the time for her to explore everything around her – a particularly exciting time for your baby as her ability to reach out and grab hold of objects near her will develop even more. This also means she’ll be putting whatever she can get her hands on into her mouth, so make sure to keep any dangerous objects away from your baby’s reach.
When you’re playing with your baby, try this small experiment: hide your baby’s toy and see if she looks for it. If she does, this means your baby has learnt the concept of object permanence, which is the understanding that objects exist even when they cannot be seen. Most babies usually learn this by nine months.
And possibly the most exciting stage of their baby’s development for parents,
you’ll soon start to witness your baby talking to you! Not in entire sentences of course,
but your baby will begin to babble at this stage.
Depending on your baby’s disposition, she might begin displaying stranger anxiety – your baby might become wary or cries when she is around someone unfamiliar. Your baby might also become clingy with you or her other caregivers and get upset when she is away from you – this is known as separation anxiety. We know it’ll be hard to see your baby upset and crying, but just remember that this is all a normal part of her development.