There is a term for the celebration of a baby’s sixth month of life: “half-birthday. You may feel as if the newborn period, when you were busy with unfamiliar childcare, was a long time ago.
However, the first six months of life are still a time when you still have a lot of work to do. As a parent, you must be at a loss as your baby enters a new stage of growth one after another.
Here, we will explain the growth of a 6-month-old baby.
Growth of a 6-month-old baby
The baby’s weight gain of about 30 grams per day in the early days of life will slow down by the time he or she reaches six months of age, and you may not be surprised to see how much he or she has grown compared to the picture you took a month ago.
However, the baby’s motor functions and emotional development are remarkable, and the number of things he or she can do is constantly increasing. While the growth of your baby is a joy, the new growth can also bring about problems that were not there before. Let’s take a closer look at the specific growth of a 6-month-old baby.
6-month-old babies are able to sit down
At 6 months of age, an increasing number of children are able to sit down. According to one survey says more than 30% of babies have mastered sitting down by the age of 6 to 7 months. By 9 to 10 months of age, most babies are able to sit down.
At six months of age, even if they are not able to sit completely on their own, they can sit with their hands on their hips or leaning on something.
Sitting with both hands apart can only be mastered when they can balance their heavy head against their body. For this to happen, the muscles and nerves from the neck to the waist must be developed.
Since the muscles and nerves are not fully developed at around 6 months of age, it will be a little while before they are able to sit down firmly on their own. Until then, even if they are able to sit down for short periods of time, it is not uncommon for them to lose their balance and fall down. Please be careful to avoid falling off the sofa or bruising from the furniture.
At 6 months of age, babies’ teeth erupt.
The timing of coming through of babies’ teeth varies from baby to baby, but generally, around 6 months of age, the lower front teeth begin to erupt, followed by the upper front teeth and the incisors.
The little white teeth showing their little heads are very cute. However, as the baby’s teeth begin to erupt, a new concern arises tooth decay.
Because new baby teeth are fragile, even babies can develop cavities if the right conditions are met. When baby teeth decay, cavity-causing bacteria can live in the mouth, making permanent teeth more susceptible to decay in the future.
To prevent cavities and protect a healthy oral environment, it is important to take good care of even the small baby tooth. After feeding or weaning, use dental floss or a soft toothbrush for baby teeth to gently remove stains.
When your baby turns 6 months old, their many things that make you happy but also give you some trouble. However, it’s an important stage for him/her and you need to handle it calmly.