When new moms are expecting a baby, they think about all the things that they will do. They decide if they will play classical music for the baby when they go to sleep if they will be all organic mamas or do whatever is cheapest, and what they anticipate their parenting style will be. There are a lot of different things to think about when bringing a child into this world. It can be a little scary to think about all of the decisions we have to make for our little ones, especially while we are learning about them every day.
Of course, as our babies get older, we have to adapt our parenting styles based on our child’s needs. At certain ages, babies are expected to hit specific milestones. Our parenting habits that may hinder our child’s development unless we consciously change our actions and habits to help the baby. When the baby turns six months old, we have already been parenting in a certain way for half of a year. This, however, is when our babies can make the most changes. For those with a six-month-old at home, how many have started to segue into these changes yet? Find out if you are on track with this list!
20 Letting The Baby Get Away With Everything
When babies come into this world, they do not have much control over what they do, especially since they cannot move or talk yet. This starts to change once they reach six months of age. According to Parents, children can start getting into more trouble since they tend to be able to roam around a little more and have newly found motor skills. Parents reports that yelling is not the answer in these scenarios, especially since it will ultimately just confuse your child. This will be important for those dangerous situations, especially since baby will look at your face and figure out what you mean. Instead, calmly say no and redirect children at this age to something safer for them to spend their time doing.
19 Not Babyproofing Every Corner Of The Home
Many parents will go to great lengths to babyproof their house as soon as their little one starts walking around. Blocking the stairs, moving things to higher heights, and adding additional locks to doors just seems natural. Once your baby hits six months, they will likely be a little more mobile than they had been. Whether they are rolling or crawling, they will eventually get where they want to go. According to Healthy WA, not only will the baby be more mobile, but they may also be able to grab more objects than before. This can make everyday objects incredibly dangerous. This means the babyproofing should start before your baby walks.
18 Exclusively Formula Feeding
Formula-feeding a baby is an alternative to breastfeeding for mother’s that were unable to breastfeed or chose not to do so. While it can continue to supplement through the baby’s infancy, these babies often need to be fed solid foods in order to help them gain weight or to give them the extra nutrients that they may need. Whereas, exclusively breastfed babies don't require nutrition from food during the first year of life. According to C.S. Children’s Hospital, babies can be introduced to solid food around six months of age, coupled with the signs of readiness. This can also help a baby get used to the act of eating, as going from an exclusively liquid diet to some solid foods can be a big change.
17 Letting The Baby Cry It Out For Too Long
Parents, grandparents, and other parental figures tend to debate this topic often. Should we let our child cry it out until they stop, or should we go get them as soon as they start crying What do we do with all of these conflicting reports? Psychology Today claims that letting a baby cry out for long periods of time can be perceived by the baby as something close to “torture.” Babies develop the most over the first few years of their life. Studies show that human babies should really remain in the womb for double the time that they do, according to Psychology Today. Even if you've been doing it for the last six months, the sooner you stop, the better.
16 The Baby Will Know When You Leave The Room
According to Psychology Today, babies have a physical connection to their parents—especially to their mothers. When someone that acts as a caregiver goes out of their sight and leaves the baby alone, the baby’s subconscious believes that they have done something wrong to make their loved one go away. The baby knows that it cannot care for itself and the fear begins to come out and they start getting so upset, it can cause long-term issues, according to Psychology Today. While people may continue to argue that their child became independent because they were left alone so much, this can create self-serving children and adults that only care about themselves. Science says we should do our best to stay with our child as much as possible.
15 Putting Toys In Your Baby's Peripheral Vision
As per WebMD, we need to make our babies work a little harder to get their toys from time to time. There are a variety of benefits to doing this. Putting toys in a baby’s peripheral view or a few feet away can help strengthen their eyesight. They will have to focus on the toy to determine if it is the one they want if it is even a toy. Then, according to WebMD, a baby may start moving and grooving towards the toy. Whether the baby is rolling or starting to crawl, having an incentive to get to can speed up this process.
14 Feeling Guilty About Going Back To Work
According to WebMD, we should not feel guilty about going back to work. It could be important for those of us that need a little bit of a break from being a stay at home moms. While we worry that the baby will feel abandoned, our babies are capable of bonding with other people, such as childcare professionals. WebMD recommends that we do a thorough amount of research prior to enrolling our child in a childcare program unless we can get a friend or family member to watch them full time. The bond our baby forms with these people will not rid them of their bond with mom or dad.
13 Feeding The Baby As Frequently
Lucky for us parents, The Bump reports that we should decrease the number of feedings our baby gets per day at the six-month point if—and only if—we are introducing solids. Babies who will continue to be breastfed without solids should stick to the usual schedule. According to The Bump, breastfeeding mothers would only have to feed every three to four hours, whereas babies receiving formula would have to eat six times per day. The Bump reports that both types of feeding can be supplemented by solid food three times per day. This may keep the baby happy and can let us get a little more rest than what we had been getting before.
12 Using Bottles To Give The Baby Drinks
Around the age of six months, The Bump recommends that parents introduce their child to water. Most babies have not had water to drink before, so this can be quite an experience. More importantly, The Bump recommends that we do not give our babies water in a baby bottle. It is recommended that we try to give them water in a sippy cup. This will help start the transition from bottles to sippy cups and eventually to big kid cups. By introducing sippy cups at a young age, they become less intimidating to the child. The child learns how to use it quickly. That said, this rule is also not nutritionally necessary for babies who are still exclusively breastfed, but some parents still prefer to introduce it as a means to introducing the sippy cup.
11 Introducing Babies To Overwhelming Amounts Of People
Unfortunately, our babies may not like to meet people once they turn six months old. Babies become experts on reading and recognizing faces by the time they reach this milestone age. According to Bounty, this can make it so your baby starts developing anxiety around strangers. They may be more prone to crying and having small tantrums when put into a group of strangers or when being held by someone that they consider to be a stranger. Bounty says that parents should stay close to minimize anxiety. While it is important to socialize your child, it is also important to not scar your children with strangers.
10 Singing In The Middle Of A Song
When your baby turns six months old, you should stop singing to them, according to Bounty. They do not mean that you should stop singing altogether, but that you should stop in the middle of a song. Maybe it is right before the chorus in a song or right before the really catchy part of a nursery rhyme that gets your baby to laugh. If you have been singing these songs enough, your baby should be able to anticipate what sounds are coming next, according to Bounty. This means that your baby may start making sounds when there is silence from you or they may be leaning forward, anticipating that you will finish the song for him or her.
9 Making Sure The Baby Always Has A Toy
Bounty says that while we may always want to make sure our child has a toy so they are always entertained or always learning, this is not necessarily what is best for our child. Having downtime can actually be important for our children. Without having toys, children are required to have a moment of quiet. This will help them find some comfort in the silence and can also help them learn how to entertain themselves, as reported by Bounty. This may mean that we may hear our babies cooing or making sounds, or even kicking their little legs to entertain themselves. These are great skills that they will utilize through their lives.
8 Panicking When The Baby Sleeps For Hours At A Time
When a baby reaches six months old, they may become better sleepers. Mom Junction says that our half-year-old babies may sleep for many consecutive hours during the night. They will not even need to eat as often during the night. This means that some parents will lose sleep trying to make sure that their baby is breathing in the middle of the night. Eventually, mom and dad will adapt to this change and will accept that their baby is simply sleeping and just does not need to eat as much, according to Mom Junction.
7 Holding The Baby Up While They Are Sitting
By the time that your baby is six months old, they should be able to sit up without your assistance, according to Mom Junction. While they may not be able to get into a seated position on their own, they will be able to maintain it. This is especially true if they have done a lot of tummy time and have used their neck to look around a lot. These are ultimately the best baby gyms that we have. Not only will your baby be able to sit up, but they will also be able to hold their head up and steady, as per Mom Junction. They are growing up so fast.
6 Worrying If The Baby Is Only Rolling Around
Many new parents are sticklers for milestones. If their baby should be crawling and they are not yet, many parents will panic and bring their child to the doctors. Some parents will have important milestones written down on calendars to make sure that they happen by the time the day comes. Who really wants their baby to be able to run away? Not new parents! According to Baby Center, many six-month-old babies tend to roll around. They are just learning how to roll from back to front and vice versa, which means they can quickly figure out how to log roll their way over to something that they may want. Some six-month-old babies are able to crawl or start pushing themselves up for the crawling motion. If your baby is not doing that, there is no need to panic, according to Baby Center. Your baby will get around however they can for a while in order to explore.
5 Holding The Baby In Your Lap All Of The Time
Every new parent thinks that their baby is as cute as a button and most of the world is on the same field when it comes to babies being the most beautiful thing that they have ever seen. So naturally, parents don’t want to let their little precious ones out of their sight—and sometimes that can extend to out of their reach. Holding a baby in your lap all day might seem harmless because they are just so soft and cuddly. But it can actually do more harm than good. According to Parents, babies need to have time to develop their own independence, which helps them to grow into a stable person. Babywearing and cuddling with the baby are highly beneficial, but within balance, science reminds us.
4 Giving The Baby A Pacifier
Some people see pacifiers as the greatest invention known to man—or babies. But that may not be so true. However, it may be true that it stops them from getting cranky, helps them to comfort themselves so you can get a little break, and reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Many researchers at the Mayo Clinic agree that they can cause more harm though when it comes to helping them produce healthy teeth and gums. Pacifiers impact the way that the baby’s first teeth come in and may cause them to be crooked or misaligned after a while.
3 Ignoring The Fact That The Baby Is Teething
This brings us to the next fact. By now your baby is reaching six months and according to those not-so-milestones, that this is around the time that they usually begin to cut teeth. If your baby is slobbering more than usual, rubbing their gums, crying a lot, putting their fingers into their mouth, or not taking baby food as much—then they are likely teething, according to Baby Center.
2 Breaking The Baby's Sleeping Patterns
During those first few weeks you probably thought you were going to pull your hair out at the fact that your newborn was startled at every little noise—every single time you moved—and seemingly never slept more than an hour at a time. So now that they have reached half a year in age and are consuming more breastmilk or formulaùand possibly have been introduced to solids foods—they are almost guaranteed to be fuller longer and sleep through the night. And what does that mean for mom? According to Baby Sleep Site, enough sleep to feel like a human being again. So if you want to quit walking around like a zombie, now would be a good time to ensure that you can.
1 Denying Them Tummy Time
By six months of age, a baby should be learning to get around on their own—or at least thinking about it and making an honest effort to do so. Some babies start off with a little lesser-known technique, like a scoot and pull—also known as –the military crawl. If you have ever seen a baby do this, it’s hilarious. But, a baby who doesn’t receive tummy time, which is at least 30 minutes each day according to Babble, is risking the possibility of not only being immobile longer but accomplishing other things such as standing or walking later in life.