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Notice your baby doing anything new? Big strides in development happen this month. That’s because the left side of the brain is now “talking” to the right side of the brain. Your baby may begin to rock back and forth to prepare for crawling by moving the arms and legs together, or pass a toy from one hand to the other.
Doctors use milestones to tell if a baby is developing as expected. There’s a wide range of what’s considered normal, so some children may gain skills earlier or later than others. Babies who were born prematurely may reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your baby’s progress.
Here are some things your baby might be doing:
Every baby develops at their own pace. But if anything concerns you — however small — share it with your doctor. Always tell the doctor if your baby:
Also, if you ever notice that your baby has lost skills or shows weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.
Babies this age are growing in many ways. Here’s what to expect this month.
Find out what this doctor’s visit will involve and what your baby might be doing by 6 months.
Your baby is working on all five senses, understanding and anticipating more and more. How can you stimulate your baby’s senses?
Because your baby begins to show his or her personality during these months, your questions may move from simple sleeping and eating concerns to those about physical and social development.
Is your baby is ready for solid foods? Learn how and when to get started.
Your baby’s range of sounds and facial expressions continues to grow, and your baby is also imitating sounds, which are the first attempts at speaking.
At this age, kids are learning to roll over, reach out to get what they want, and sit up. Provide a safe place to practice moving and lots of interesting objects to reach for.
By this age, your baby should be on the way to having a regular sleep pattern, sleeping longer at night, and taking 2 or 3 naps during the day.
Find out if your baby is ready for solid foods, and if so, what to give, how to give it, and which foods to avoid.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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