Development & Behavior
How should my baby be developing?
In the second week of the sixth month, they may be able to:
- Withstand heavy loads on legs when held straight;
- Sit without support;
- Return to the direction of the voice;
- Jokes (creating joking sound with puffed saliva spray).
How to support my baby?
They may prefer to use one hand for a time and then switch to the other hand. But you would not be able to accurately say that which hand they are strong at until the baby is about two or three years old. Do not try to influence this ability of your child as it is determined before birth. If you force your child to use one hand athough they tend to use the other hand, you can provoke confusion and lead them to problems with hand-eye coordination, dexterity and ability to write their letters later.
If you want to teach sign language, this is the good time. Giving your child the tools to express themselves can help reduce the discomfort in infants. To start, try using a hand signal when you use common words like “book” (open your palm with both of hands clasped together) or “hungry” (hands on your belly).
Baby will love to imitate, particularly they love the sound and language. Sometimes you should let your baby be a person who control games and you are the one who imitate the sound of the baby.
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:
- Physical exam, including a re-examination of any previous problems. Now and in the future, doctors will check your baby’s mouth to examine the teeth which is growing or will grow.
- Evaluate growth. Physicians may rely on observation and your notes about what they are doing, or to take part of a series of assessment, such as controlling head when sitting; vision; hear; access to and grasp objects, scratching on small objects, rolling and bearing some weight on the leg; interacting and the physhicians can try to hear their voice.
What should I know?
Here are some things you should know about:
Vitamins and dietary supplements
Vitamin D supplements are foods for breastfed infants and for those who drink less than 960 ml of milk per day. Although our bodies can produce vitamin D when skin is exposed to sunlight, it is best to minimize your baby’s time of being exposed to the sun because the infant’s skin is extremely thin and sensitive. Every minute being exposed to sunlight contributes to an risk at skin cancer and wrinkles later. Sunscreen will help keep your child safe with the sun, but it also prevents the body to produce vitamin D themselves.
For other vitamins, the doctor may or may not recommend that you should vary your baby’s diet gradually, although there are exceptions. For example, vitamin supplements may be needed if your baby is preterm, has low birth weight or small size for gestational age, your baby sucks little breast milk or formula and eat less foods than other children or young peers, or they have chronic problems affecting the ability to eat and digest. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Please consult with your doctor for instructions on using the right dose of vitamins. Never give your child vitamins and dietary supplements that is intended for adults, even when you have reduced the dose.
You should only use vitamin which is prescribed by doctors. Any vitamin or medication overdose may affect the absorption of nutrients or even bring danger.
Change of bowel movements
For the parents who breastfeed, a change of assignment from the soft, viscous, non-irritating to switch to black, thick, smells can be a shocking thing. But remember this is normal. Although the stool of baby having breastmilk is still softer than one of bottlefed baby until weaning, you should know that stool as well as your baby’s diet will become lightly the same as adults.
Preventing dental disease
To prevent dental disease, please:
- Never give your baby sugary drinks, even before the baby teethes or when they become accustomed to the sweet taste. Sugary drinks can be blueberry juice, cocktail, fruit beams, mixed fruit juice, fruit drinks or fruit juice, dilute fruit juice with water pure. If possible, give your baby juice in a glass.
- When baby teethes, do not let your baby go to sleep at night or nap with a bottle of formula, breast milk or juice. If you let your baby have drink at bedtime, please give the baby a bottle of plain water. Filtered water will not harm your baby’s teeth.
- Do not let your baby crawl or lie around, sucking on bottles and pacifiers without your controlling. Sucking all day can damage teeth. Sucking bottles must be seen as part of a meal or snacks and your infant only use proper placement (your hand, baby seat, high chair or other chairs) at the appropriate time. The same rules are also applied when your baby is using glass.
- Do not let your baby suck on your breasts all night while you take care of your baby. Breast milk can cause cavities if you feedthem during the night.
- Stop using the bottle when the baby is 12 months old.
What I am concerned about?
Here are some things you may be concerned about:
Refusing bottlefeeding when being breastfed
Try the following tips to help them get used to the bottle:
- Feed your baby when the stomach is empty;
- Not feed your baby when theyare full;
- Pretend to neglect your child;
- Let them play before eating;
- Do not continue breastfeeding your baby;
- Try it with your child’s favorite liquid;
- Tap the baby to sleep;
- Know when you have to temporarily surrender the baby.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
Murkoff, Heidi. What to Expect, The First Year. New York: Workman Publishing Company, 2009. Print version. Page 345-369.