Mumbling Mommy

Reaching the six month mark of parenthood is very exciting. Your baby will now be eating solid food, they’ll be paying more attention to what’s going on around them, and some of them might even be crawling or starting to talk – since every baby is different, it’s not going to be the same for everyone. However, what is going to be the same is that things are changing, and it’s wise to know how to make life easier when you have a six month old so that everyone can feel more relaxed and at ease. With that in mind, read on to find out some useful tips to try out. 

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Meal Planning 

We mentioned above that a six month old will be eating solid food rather than the entirely milk-based diet that younger babies need. Although they’ll need to be fed less often, so it’s easier to take them to places and, of course, they’ll sleep for longer (in many cases, at least), the difficulty comes in choosing what to give them to eat to ensure they are getting all the nutrients they need to be fit and healthy. 

Meal planning will help you. This can help you decide what to feed a six month old in advance, so that you can shop for the right ingredients, prepare the food ahead of time, and always be ready when they’re hungry. You can also be sure that every meal you give them is packed full of nutrients to help them develop in the way they need to. You won’t be so stressed trying to work out what food to give your baby, and your baby will be healthy – what more could you need? 

Go Outside 

When you have a six month old, sometimes it’s hard to know how to entertain them – you don’t want to have them watch TV all the time, but it can get expensive when you go out to fun places like soft play and so on. 

A great option you can try is just to go outside a lot more. Make sure they are dressed appropriately for the weather, whatever time of year it happens to be, and then go for a walk or take a picnic to the park. Take a stroll through nature and let your little one see the world around them and breathe in some fresh air. If possible, let them out of their pushchair and allow them to feel the different textures of grass, tree bark, leaves, and so on. This won’t just entertain your six month old, but it will help them to start to make sense of the world around them, and it’s great for their health to get vitamin D and fresh air too. 

Participate in Engaging Activities 

As we’ve mentioned above, your baby’s development is important, and there are some things you can do to help ensure your child gets all the stimulation they need. The more engaging the activity, the more you’ll both get out of it. 

Examples of the kinds of things you can do include reading together (especially when you pick fun and colourful board books that your baby can touch and engage with), trying sensory play, and enjoying music and movement. Whether you do this at home or in a class, it’s all good fun and great for development too. 

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