What Should My 6 Month Old Be Doing?

By Nativity Lennon

If your child is now halfway to being a one year old, you’re probably asking yourself, “What should my 6 month old be doing?” Here are some milestones that your child may reach at this point in his life. Don’t worry if your child isn’t quite there yet because every child is unique and develops at a different pace.

Skills 6 Month Olds Typically Master

At 6 months of age, your baby may learn to roll over from back to front and have a lot of fun doing it. Avoid leaving your baby unattended on a bed or changing table because he could roll over and fall off. You may also discover that your baby rolls over onto his tummy in the middle of the night. Some babies don’t like sleeping on their tummy and may cause a crying baby. If this happens, turn your baby onto his back.

At 6 months of age, your baby will turn towards sounds and voices. He may also imitate sounds and start to babble in an attempt to talk. You may hear your baby say, “mama” or “dada” every now and again. You’ll probably notice your child repeating the same sounds, such as “da” or “ba” over and over again.

Sleeping Patterns

Most 6 month olds take two naps per day that last about 1.5-2 hours each. Babies at this age are typically able to sleep for 10-11 hours at night. If your child is not sleeping for this long, make sure that you’ve implemented an appropriate bed time routine.

How to Know If Your Baby Is Ready for Solids

When wondering, “What should my 6 month old be doing,” you’re undoubtedly curious to know whether your baby is ready for solid foods since most babies are ready to eat solids between 4 and 6 months of age. Some signs that your child is ready include sitting well with support, holding his head up, being double his birth weight, and taking food off a spoon with his upper lip. If you’re a new mom or just wondering if you’re pregnant it’s still a good idea to do your research on what your baby should be doing even before you’ve given birth.

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