Gear up for some live-action entertainment as your little one begins to show more personality at age four to six months. Baby may sit up on her own, pay attention to the objects within reach, and respond to the activity going on nearby. Most babies this age are generally happy when they are not tired or hungry. Big, joyful smiles, giggles, and squeals are common when you engage with your baby. Those moments are everything you dreamed of, so make the most of this time.
By now, you are a pro at changing diapers. Babies this age go through about eight to 10 diapers a day — down a bit from the 10 to 12 per day during the first month or two. The big change at this age is that your baby is now capable of rolling over from back to stomach or from stomach to back so you’ll need to be extra diligent when using an elevated surface for diapering. Make sure you have your wipes, diaper rash cream, and other supplies within arm’s reach! If you haven’t tried them yet, Brandless Diapers are super soft, absorbent, and free from latex, lotions, fragrances, and chemical processing. If your baby weighs 8 to 14 pounds, try Size 1. Size 2 is for babies 12 to 18 pounds. And Size 3 will fit babies 16 to 28 pounds. (The average six-month-old weighs 16 to 17.5 pounds.)
The 100% plant-based Brandless wipes are super gentle, free from alcohol, ethanol, and gluten, vegan and cruelty free (never tested on animals). Our thick, creamy hypoallergenic Diaper Rash Cream may sound like a luxury item — coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, and non-nano zinc oxide — but at $3 a tube, it’s a must have!
Your baby will continue to rely on breastmilk or formula until he is at least a year old, but you will begin to see signs that he is ready to slowly add a few types of solid foods. As he gains more muscle strength and control, you will notice him bringing his hands and toys (and feet!) to his mouth and also transferring objects from one hand to another. All of that is setting the stage for baby being able to pick up and eat finger foods like Organic Banana Flavored Baby Teething Wafers. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until age six months to introduce solids, some babies are ready sooner. If you decide to give solid foods a try, start with an infant cereal or a pureed fruit or veggie. Brandless Mango and Pear & Prune Pouches are full of organic, non-GMO goodness. It is best to introduce one food at a time and to wait three to five days between each new food to watch for any kind of allergic reaction.
Even if your baby hasn’t started exploring new tastes, you can treat his other senses with a soothing massage before bedtime. Gently rub fragrance-free Multipurpose Baby Balm on your baby’s back, chest, and tummy. Take a moment to rub some of the Multipurpose Balm on your dry skin too. It’s great for the whole family! As you sing or talk about what you’re doing, your baby may even babble back as he learns to form syllables — “da-da-da-ma-ma-ma!” Repeat the babbles along with a real word that starts with those sounds — “da-da-da-dance!” Don’t be shy about doing a little dance around the room with your tiny partner to show what those sounds mean. This kind of communication will help your baby learn to talk and to associate words with actions. Now that is something to dance about!
Your baby’s vision is improving, but if you hide your face behind a blanket, your baby may think you have actually disappeared. Lower the blanket for a peekaboo surprise, and your baby at this age will be amazed and delighted to see you again. It’s not until around eight months or so that he will understand object permanence — that a hidden object (or person) still exists. You can also try partially hiding a favorite toy to see if your child recognizes and reaches for it. That little noggin is working hard to figure out how this wonderful world works!