What's the baby up to?
A 6 month-old is a lively member of the family, sitting at the table for mealtimes, and maybe even
moving around to explore.
Month 6 Milestones
Holds head steady when upright
When on stomach, baby raises chest supported by arms
Pays attention to a very small object
Squeals in delight
Reaches for an object
Hearing it all
Your baby's hearing is an integral part of his normal speech and language development. Ask the clinic
or paediatrician to test his hearing when you take him for check-ups. You can do a few simple tests at
home to check if your baby can hear you. He should:
Look upward or turn toward a new sound
Enjoy rattles and other toys that make a sound
Be startled by loud noises
Other stuff to think about
Safe for crawling
Get down on your hands and knees and crawl around looking at your house from a baby's eye view.
Even with the best precautions, the most important thing you can do to assure your crawling baby's
safety is to keep an eye on him.
Check floors for splinters or pins or other sharp objects stuck into floors or carpets.
Fit covers over electrical plugs.
Keep remote controls on higher places.
Fit corner protectors to sharp corners of tables.
Check for floor or table lamps that could be pulled over if your baby grabbed the cord.
Avoid using a tablecloth on a dining table or coffee table as he may try to use it to pull himself up
and drag everything down on top of himself.
Remove small objects that could be choking hazards from low shelves. To be on the safe side, consider
anything that will fit inside a toilet-paper roll to be a choking hazard.
Check that internal glass doors or low windows are made from safety glass.
Keep low windows and doors which go onto a balcony locked.
Fit and use cupboard and drawer locks, especially on cupboards that contain cleaning products, glass,
plastic bags, anything breakable.
Fit fridge and freezer locks and, where necessary, window locks and pads to prevent doors slamming.
If you cannot baby-proof your entire home, use gates across doorways to restrict your baby to rooms that are safe.
Be vigilant about washing machines and tumble dryers. Toddlers can open the door and get in - and then be
unable to get out again.
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