This article looks briefly at some eating and sleeping behaviours you can expect to see in your six-month-old. If you are concerned with your child’s habits, it is always worthwhile contacting your health care professional for advice.
A six-month-old baby is usually beginning to start eating puréed foods. This process can be a time to try new food and flavours. There are options to make these foods yourself or purchase them pre-made. This is truly a personal decision, and variables like time, cost and energy usually are involved.
If you are making the babies food, some varieties I explored that became favourites were:
These were easy to purée in a bowl by simply mashing them with a fork. Alternatively, you can use a blender. None of these three is acidic, which is generally best avoided for a six-month-old because that may cause diaper rash or irritation.
The six-month mark is when sleep training can be started. There are a plethora of methods that parents have tried. The best is the one you feel the most comfortable with. If you feel worried or face difficulties, this is a great topic to seek professional advice about.
Three popular options are:
- Cry it Out (CIO) – Baby’s will be placed in their crib and undisturbed for the entire night. This is the most extreme method and may be done cautiously. The most useful way to approach this is by listening closely to your baby to make sure they are not putting themselves in great distress.
- Patting & Pick Up – This allows for the parents to enter the room in timing intervals to check on the baby. The idea here is to pat the baby’s chest to soothe them or pick them up for whatever amount of time it takes to settle the baby.
- 10-1 – The most gentle approach is the 10 – 1 method. You set your stopwatch once the baby starts to cry. Once the crying has gone on consistently for ten minutes, you can go into the room and comfort the baby for one minute. This goes on until the baby has gone to sleep. This typically takes five to seven days to work.
Six months is such a short time, but significant changes in your baby’s development will occur. Eating and sleeping remain the main activities of parents around this time. There is a lot of caring to do between the cuddles, cries and laughter you can expect to experience.
Written by Chelsea D.
Chelsea is a mum of one and pregnant with another. She writes about pregnancy, parenting, and body positivity.
All articles are provided as general information and are not intended, nor may it be construed, as medical advice or instruction. Information and opinions expressed are believed to be correct and accurate to the best knowledge and judgement of the authors. Readers should consult their appropriately qualified health care professional prior to taking any action or inaction.