6-Month-Old Baby (24 Weeks)

There are many new developments your baby will make during month six. For example, a 24-week-old baby may be able to support his own weight by standing upright on his legs (with assistance). Also, most babies by this age have figured out that rolling over is the best mode of independent transportation. If your 6-month-old baby is still waking up in the middle of the night to be fed, you may want to slowly decrease the amount you feed him to eliminate this feeding altogether.

You and Your Baby at 24 Weeks

Welcome to the first week of your baby's sixth month.
 
Over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed an increase in your baby's appetite as she is using more muscles and working hard at playing and having fun. Also, by now most babies have figured out that rolling is the best mode of independent transportation -- it is amazing how quick they can get around.
 
Your baby's weight at this point can be anywhere from double to triple his birth weight. When 6 months old, the average baby boy will weigh 17 1/2 pounds, and the average baby girl will weigh just about 16 pounds. There are the bruisers that hit that mark early and, of course, the peanuts that may take a little while longer. As long as your healthcare provider has no concerns and your baby is happy and healthy, a number is still just a number.
 

Major Developments for a 6-Month-Old Baby

New developments are afoot. By 6 months, many babies are able to support their own weight by standing upright on their legs -- with your help for balance, of course.
 
Most babies have also mastered the tummy-to-back roll with little issue a few weeks back. As we discussed earlier, rolling from the back onto the tummy is a much harder task to do than the other way around.
 
Some might not be as quick at perfecting this activity for a wide number of reasons. It could be as simple as lack of motivation. As beneficial as tummy time is, lots of babies do not enjoy the physical strain of playing on their belly. A fun way to encourage tummy time is to lay your infant on her back with one of her favorite toys just above her shoulder. This may offer just the right amount of incentive to get her to reach for it, flipping over in the process.
 
(To learn more about the progress of your baby, read Infant Developmental Milestones -- 3 to 6 Months.)
 
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