6-Month-First Week (25weeks)
How your baby’s growing
There could be great excitement this month if your baby cuts her first tooth. Usually one of the front teeth in the bottom jaw puts in an appearance, followed by its neighbour and then the two top front teeth. Try to get into the routine of cleaning them with a baby toothbrush (or your finger if you prefer) without any toothpaste. Making it a game from the beginning will make it easier.
Everything’s about fun these days. Your six-month-old probably loves playing hiding games (such as peek-a-boo) and remembers that a Jack-in-the-box pops up. She’s also beginning to understand how objects relate to one another in space. She may be able to sort blocks or other toys by size, and if she admires her reflection in a mirror and you suddenly appear behind her, she’s likely to turn and look for you instead of believing that you’re in the mirror itself.
Her fine motor skills are coming along, too. Some of her new skills may include transferring a toy from one hand to the other, sipping from a two-handled cup with your assistance, banging objects together, clasping her hands, and grabbing for a toy using only one hand.
Your doctor will be giving your baby a developmental assessment between now and nine months. They’ll check out her hearing and vision and ask you if she babbles or sits up yet. Babies vary considerably in the age they reach these milestones, so it’s not an exam your baby will pass or fail. But if there is cause for concern, it’s a good thing to get any problem identified as soon as possible.
How your life’s changing
Even if you haven’t grabbed your calculator and done the sums, you’ll know that your bundle of joy is costing a bundle too. She’s worth it, of course, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to do some financial juggling to pay for all the nappies, highchair, carry cot and clothes. There’s childcare or managing on a reduced income to consider- plus her future to think about. So it’s a good time to look at your budget to get yourself sorted.
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Parent tip: Making baby food interesting
“I give my baby home-cooked vegetable soups and because she needs so little, I pour some into ice cube trays and freeze them for her next meal. I also keep give her bite sized cubes of yellow, orange, and green fruits and vegetables. They look colorful and my baby loves them.” – Priyanjali