By six months, your baby is halfway through a year and is more active than the previous months. According to C.S MOTT Children’s Hospital ‘Child development refers to how a child becomes able to do more complex things as they get older.’ Medlineplus simply defines developmental milestones as ‘behaviors or physical skills seen in infants and children as they grow and develop’. Rolling over,crawling and walking are all considered milestones. In the first month of babies’ lives, they exhibit the following milestones.
- They sleep for about eight hours at a stretch.
- They can roll over independently.
- They begin teething.
- They can identify their parents.
- They can transfer an item from one hand to the other.
- Usually birth weight is doubled by this month.
- Explores with hands and eyes.
- They babble syllables like ‘ma’ .
- Both eyes move together.
NB: Even in the this month, breastfeed your baby WHO recommends that ‘infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health’.