Week by Week

What do you need to know to care for your 28 week old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

msBahasa Malaysia

Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

At this age, kids tend to be attracted by stuffed animals of all sizes. Anything can also become the favorite toy of your baby. A pet cloth is considered as a sign for that the baby’s  independence is growing. In other words, your child is learning how to separate from you and slowly become more independent. When adding new members to your baby’s teddy bears family, you should look for the soft and carefully sewn one.

They may play witth the ball (you should pay attention not to buy a ball which can be easily inserted into the baby’s mouth), turn off automatic and large – sized doll. One way to know if your child has a favorite toy or not is that you can try to take it away, if they protect it violently, so maybe this is your baby’s favorite toy.

In the last week of the 6th month, they will be able to:

  • Beef and crawl away;
  • Turn to stand up from a sitting position;
  • Switch from crawling to sitting posture;
  • Pick up any small objects with a part of the thumb and fingers (so keep dangerous items out of reach of children);
  • Say “mama” or “dada”.

How to support my baby?

Currently they can bear weight on their legs and the baby loves pop dance, which can strengthen the muscles of the movement later. Keep your baby’s arms and elbows lower and help baby stand on the floor or on your lap.

You will probably need to help your baby start to move by lifting their up off the ground (or your thighs). To encourage the development of the baby, put a toy out of reach of them and observe how the baby tries to get it. If sthey cry because they can not get what they want, let encourage them to do that instead of giving them the article. Baby just cries to vent frustration and then they will quickly become more confident if they do everything themselves.

After a few attempts, they will be able to lean forward to grab toys and then back into position. Soon, they’ll crawl back (push people to go around in the abdomen) or even roll around to move within the room. You can help them move more easily by let them wear ample and comfortable clothes.

Health & Safety

What should I discuss with my doctor?

Depending on the specific condition of the baby, the doctor will perform overall physical tests, using different diagnostic techniques and implemented procedures. The doctor or nurse will check all or most of the followings.

  • Measure hemoglobin concentration or hematocrit to check for anemia (usually by a pin which pricks on the finger), especially for low birth weight babies.
  • Guidance for what will happen in the next month related to issues such as eating, sleeping, development and safety for child.

 What should I know?

Here are some things you should know about:

A vegetarian menu for your infant

They may be able to absorb all the vitamins, minerals, proteins from a vegetarian diet which has nutritional balance. Six-month-old baby can be provided with most of the nutrients from breast milk or formula and foods for weaning such as cereals, puree fruit, juice and vegetables.

A balanced diet is very important for child, especially if they eat in a normal way. They will need protein to enhance the ability to develop and recover. So with a diet without meat, you need to find alternative sources of food. If you want to give your baby a vegetarian diet, remember that vegetarians are particularly deficient in iron, so you should make sure that the iron-rich foods like whole grains, green leafy vegetables like spinach are available in baby’s  vegetarian menu. Also, you should make sure your baby is supplied enough vitamin B12 and D, riboflavin, calcium and zinc through the daily diet.

The dish which can substitute for pork and poultry meat and be suitable for your baby to wean includes cheese, tofu, beans (cooked and mashed), whole grains and nutritious (bread, pasta, rice and cereals), yogurt and cheese.

Salt diet

Babies, like us, also need salt. But they do not need too much salt. In fact, their kidneys can not handle large amounts of sodium, which is probably why we have breast milk – a beverage with very low sodium. A diet which is rich in salt can create a lifetime habit of eating salt for your child.

Do not rush to consider that beans or mashed potatoes will not attract your baby unless they are sprinkled with some salt. Give your baby’s taste buds a chance to discover what foods do not season with salt and they will have lifetime healthy eating habits. To make sure that they don’t have a habit of eating more salt as well as helping family members reduce salt intake, you should read food labels regularly. Products such as bread and breakfast cereals, cakes and biscuits can contain large amounts of sodium. When buying baby food, make sure you always choose foods with less than 50 mg of salt per serving.

Cereals nutritional supplements

When the baby is six months old, your baby needs more iron supplements. Fortunately, the grains which strengthen your child is a source of very popular iron replacement. Please consult with your doctor for instructions on how to supply iron supplements suitably for child.

Try feeding types of oats, barley or another. Maybe they’ll like flavor slightly. You can also mix a small amount of cereal with one of the fruits that they like.

My Concerns

What I am concerned about?

Here are some things you may be concerned about:

Finding the right shoes for your baby

In this development phase, they should still go barefoot. Yet there is nothing wrong when you equip your baby in fancy shoes for special occasions as long as it suits her. Because your baby’s feet st are not appropriate to go on, so the shoes that you buy are not really necessary. Footwear for babies should be lightweight, made of breathable  fabrics (leather or fabric, but not plastic), with flexible soles so you can feel the baby’s toes inside.

Congratulations! You have made it through week 28. We can’t wait to show you how your baby is developing in week 29.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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