Life should be settling down into a rhythm at this age. Although there will be small changes from day to day, the eating and sleeping schedules are more predictable at this point. If you are having trouble getting into a groove, please let us know. We may have some helpful guidance.
Five and six month olds are social butterflies and VERY curious! They love attention from others, and they are often quick with a smile. Suddenly your baby has a lot to say. He will start to string vowels together and also try a few consonants. Babbling is one of the language milestones that starts to appear at this age. Babbling means using consonants with some vowels (i.e. bababa or dadada or mamama).
Be extra cautious at this stage because your baby will become mobile. Rocking, rolling, and sitting with support are all part of your baby’s new skill set. Think about introducing a sippy cup just so that your baby gets used to holding it in her hand and biting on it. Soon, she may even take a sip! Straw cups are also fine. A straw is a helpful skill that babies can master, and it will get you out of a bind when you are out and about and forget a cup.
At this age, flexibility is the key. That being said, it is still a good idea to set some limits and boundaries. For instance, create a bedtime routine that works for your family. It might not run like clockwork every night, but your baby will start to adapt to certain patterns. If they are not there already, try moving naps to a crib.
Setting limits can be particularly tough at this age because you are used to responding to your baby’s every movement and sound. It is still important to be engaged and loving with your little one, but it is okay to allow your baby a few moments to self soothe before rushing in. Sometimes they are just doing their best to get settled on their own…..crying or fussing can be part of normal “settling”.
If you have found it hard to take time for yourself since becoming a parent, now is the time to nurture yourself. Rediscover your hobbies and passions. Some activities may even involve your baby. When you feel good about yourself, it is easier to be a relaxed parent who enjoys his/her new role.