6-Month-Old Baby (26 Weeks)
Mumumum…Is That a Word?Did you know that the word "infant" comes from the Latin term "infans," which means "one who does not yet speak"? Most babies are not yet speaking at this point, nor have they uttered their first real word. At this point, they are usually starting to repeat consonant-vowel pairings, such as "ma-ma-ma" and "gu-gu-gu." While there is no meaning yet attached to these baby sounds, parents are quick to relate these babbles to evidence of early language learning.
Talk to your baby often. This will help her learn the basic sounds and simple words in her language. Reading short and simple books or stories to her is a great way to spend time together. It will not speed up the process, but it will help on many levels. Plus, the sound of your voice is still your baby's most favorite sound in the world.
(Click Help Your Baby Talk to learn more about how you can help your baby with early language skills.)
The Social Life of (Mom and) a 6-Month-Old BabyGiving your little one the chance to interact with other babies can be a very enriching and fun time for everyone. It can also be a nice time for you to get out and meet other moms in your area. Whether it is to sit and watch the other children or actively engage with the other youngsters, you and your little one may benefit greatly from the social experience.
Many research studies have suggested that these early social encounters actually do have a positive impact on later social skill development.
That is not to say that play dates when babies are this young are necessary or guarantee a good time for everyone. Inevitably, young infants (6-9 months) are not yet ready to relinquish their role as the center of attention and have virtually no concept of sharing.
If you are going to get out and mingle while your baby is still under the age of one, there are a few things that you can do to make the experience a good one.
(Click Infant Playtime to learn how you can make the best of your child's early play dates.)