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And your baby will reach six months of life (if he has not already done so) shortly, a crucial and very important moment of his life, and it is that at this stage the baby conquers some movements of freedom and, if all goes well, it is the moment of the introduction of complementary feeding. But there is more: this is the development of the six-month-old baby.
We are above all a born explorer! He has discovered that there is a wonderful world around him and he wants to enjoy it. He also finds that mom and dad set limits on him, and it is that what he wants does not always correspond to the wishes of his parents. As the psychologist María Luisa Ferrerós says, 'the discipline of children and limits must enter the scene in the first year of the child's life,when the little one starts to walk and to explore everything in their environment and has more autonomy. '
Teething may begin to appear after this age, if it has not done so before. And it is that after six months the eruption of the first milk teeth takes place, generally the incisors. This may cause discomfort and pain to the baby, he will drool more, and put everything in his reach in his mouth.
At six months, the baby can stand up if he is on his stomach, leaning on his hands. If he is on his back, he can put his foot in his mouth, something that all children his age like and that parents find so funny. He is also able to sit with support. He raises his hand to go for the objects, picks up the toys and passes them from one hand to the other.
The little one can now turn his head with total ease, looking for a person or an object, and your hands gain more strength than in the previous stages(the grasping reflex disappears). Now the six-month-old baby stretches out his arms to ask his mother to pick him up in her arms, and he can perfectly hold the bottle by himself with both hands, even though he still can't get any food in his mouth.
What about the dream? At this age we have to tell you that nighttime awakenings are normal and more common than you think. The best way to cope is by comforting him with caresses and phrases of love and, only if he is obviously hungry, offer him something. And above all, do not turn on the light because it will be completely revealed.
We advise you to spend time observing your baby because at every moment or every moment you will discover something new about him. For example, do you know that he is already capable of memorize the faces of the people around you, do they love and pamper you? Hence, when he sees you walk in the door he is so happy and rejects and is afraid of strangers.
You will notice that he has a very fine ear, Do the test! Take a piece of tissue paper and fold it behind his back, watch him turn to see what happens! (If this is not the case, you should consult your pediatrician). Also check that he cries if he hears screams (like anyone else) and that he is happy when you speak softly and tenderly to him.
Between 6 and 7 months, one of the secondary reflexes that parents most anticipate may begin to appear: crawling. Place him lying on his tummy and on a solid surface and see what movements he makes. It's not exciting?
Another typical reflection of this age of the baby and that disappears around nine months is the reflection of the parachute. If you hold the baby by the sides on his stomach and lean him forward, he will react by extending his arms and opening his hands. Wonderful!
Up to six months and, according to the WHO (World Health Organization), feeding has been exclusively with breastfeeding, but from now on you can start giving other foods. Yes, if you can continue with the chest: It is the best food, the best vaccine and the best gift you can give your child!
As for the diet that you should take, it must be said that the latest recommendations are that any food can be offered (including so-called allergens), since it has been bought by different studies that if it is delayed, allergic reactions can be greater.
And since 'order' no longer matters so much, time and manner do. It is advisable to let 4-5 days pass between one food and another, in case it could make the child feel bad. At this age you can also start offering water, but always do it after the main meal so that the child does not have the feeling that he has been full. And the use of sugar, salt and honey is prohibited to avoid kidney problems, tooth decay or bolutism.
Now we will talk about how to give it to him. It can be through porridges, soups or smoothies or, also, opt for the so-called Baby Led Weaning (BLW), which allows babies to feed themselves without the help of the spoon or any utensil, but always under the supervision of dad and / or mom. If both ways are to your liking and doubts, Why not make a mixed complementary feeding?
At six months, you will be surprised when the baby gurgles when you talk to him. The baby realizes that he has a life of his own (and voice) andstarts making noises (You will even notice how it changes tone), while mother and father drool with their little one.
It may babble, although without meaning, some sounds similar to 'papa' or 'mama' and that we will endeavor to proudly deny before anyone who says otherwise.
At the same time, as explained by the Spanish Association of Pediatrics in its report 'Practical guide for parents from birth to three years' the child communicates more easily and the baby increasingly understands what he hears, becoming a expert in recognizing parents' emotions by tone of voice.
It is proven that children learn by imitation, so spend several moments a day sitting with your baby to chat, and the evolution of speech is closely related to social contact. If your child hears talking, he will want to talk!
To help the baby develop, stimulation exercises and activities can be done. Here is a list with some proposals with which you will have a very fun and pleasant time!
- The mirror game
It is one of the favorite games of children and you can do it in several ways: getting closer and further away from the mirror or, well, entering and leaving one of the sides. Which one do you like the most? Try both!
- The basket
Surely your child has four or five favorite toys and that you have them placed in a box or a basket, right? Bring him the basket and let him take it with one of his hands. For the more advanced, encourage him to pass it from one limb to another!
Grab one of her favorite objects, show her, and then cover it with a piece of clothing, a handkerchief, or a towel. He will try to find out with his own hands.
You sit in a chair or on the sofa, cross your legs and put your child on your foot (hold him with both hands). Raise and lower your legs very slowly. Laughter will not be long in coming!
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