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Make the most of their milestones:

You probably can't believe this new, active baby who has replaced your squishy newborn! From new skills to new sounds, it seems like every day brings another chance to encourage and inspire his budding new milestones. So we've put together a play-focused guide to take his growth and development to the next level.

His little hands are getting more and more capable by the day, and he has started to respond to his own name. When he's not sitting up by himself, you may have even noticed that he's starting to bear weight on his legs! An activity jumper with lights and sounds is a great way to strengthen muscles while stimulating his other senses.

Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your baby's sixth month.

Thinking

He understands the concept of strangers and may get clingier.

  • Try This: Prepare for more difficult transitions when leaving him in someone else's care.

Engaging

Many babies are ready to start eating solid foods at six months.

  • Try This: Talk to your pediatrician about when and how to start solids.

Communicating

He knows his name and looks for you when he hears you say it.

  • Try This: Use his name often and practice naming other objects to increase his vocabulary.

Moving

He can bear weight on his legs and is getting better at sitting and supporting himself.

Your postpartum life:

Many moms experience their own post-pregnancy milestones around this time, including getting your period again if you've been exclusively breastfeeding. Remember to discuss your contraception plan with your doctor or midwife if another pregnancy is not in your plans yet.

Don't feel guilty about making time for yourself! Enlist a relative, friend, or even your partner to take on baby duty while you get your nails done, go for a walk, or even take a nap and recharge.

Read ahead:

Disclaimer: The milestones presented are averages. Any questions you may have about your child's development should be shared with his or her doctor.

Sources: CDC, healthychildren.org and WebMD

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