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4-6 month-old

Development

 

By 4 months, your baby is becoming more and more clever with their hands and will start to use them to hold a toy or shake a rattle. Anything and everything they manage to pick up will most likely go straight to their mouth as tasting is one of the ways in which they explore their world. It’s time to be extra careful and make sure all small objects which could be a choking hazards are out of their reach! All that tummy time should be paying off now as your baby’s neck becomes stronger and they are able to hold their head upright. Your baby will enjoy kicking and pushing with their feet and may start to try rolling over!

Around the 5 month mark your baby will probably be rolling over from their back to their tummy. Scooting and crawling are just a few months away now and he/she will be preparing for this by working their leg muscles, kicking and rocking. They are now able to recognise where sounds come from and will turn quickly when they hear a noise. So make sure to provide lots of activities with sounds!

6 months, and your little one is half a year old! Congratulations! They now respond to sounds, love to interact and play with you and enjoy conversing with themselves in the mirror! They are starting to babble more and more and take turns making sounds when you speak to them. They are able to pass things from one hand to the other now, roll over and beginning to learn how to sit with less support. And most exciting of all they are starting to eat solid foods! SO much fun!

Entering the world is a massive adjustment for your little one! Remember that every little bit of interaction, every noise, every smell and every sight, is incredibly stimulating for your baby in the first few months as they get used to the big wide world.

 

 

Here are some simple DIY Developmental activities which you can do with your 4-6 month-old baby:

  • Rolling activities- put objects and toys around your baby and encourage them to reach out and roll towards the objects. An open story book or mirror can be fun too!  

  • Mirror in front of baby- Lie baby on a soft surface infront of a large mirror. Watch as they coo and reach out towards their little clone-friend.

  • Sitting with pillows (around 6 months) Prop pillows and cushions around your baby to help them sit upright and strengthen their core muscles. Place toys around them to play with or sit in front of them and sing songs/ shake a rattle. As time goes by, you will see they need less and less pillows!

  • Toys on ribbon- measuring spoons, cups, clips etc. Tie some toys onto a string or ribbon across your babies cot. Allow them to hit, kick and grab the objects while lying on their back. Change the objects every few days to keep it interesting and exciting.

  • Story books at tummy time Place a brightly coloured story book infront of your baby while they lie on their tummy. Turn the pages for them to keep them interested.

  • Garden time Lie with your baby on a blanket in the garden. All their senses will be stimulated by their natural surroundings.

  • Bath activities/ bonding/ interaction Make every part of your daily routine an opportunity for bonding, socialising, learning and growing.

  • Outings Take your baby on little outings. Even though they cannot talk or walk, they are still constantly taking in everything around them. Talk to them about the new sounds, smells and sights.

  • Tissue paper The simple joys of a pile of tissue paper! Place your baby on a pile of tissue paper. Watch as they squirm, kick, wriggle and grab at the crinkly paper!

  • Starting food Around 6 months of age you can start introducing your baby to solid foods. Paige and I have done the Baby Led Weaning method and have loved it! (Do yourself a favour and research it a bit)

  • Musical book Musical books are such fun and really hold the attention of your young baby. Watch as they learn how to press the buttons on their own!

Story time on tummy
Looking at a brightly coloured story book while doing some tummy time.
Spoons on a string
Hang objects on a string over baby's cot. Let them pull and hit at the objects.
Bonding at bathtime
Make every part of your daily routine an opportunity to bond, learn and grow.
Outing to the farm
Take your 4-6 month old on little outings to stimulate their senses.
Starting solids!
An exciting new chapter begins when baby gets to experience solids, around 6 months of age.
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