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6-Month-Old Baby (26 Weeks)

At about 6 months of age, your baby may start to repeat consonant-vowel pairings, such as "ma-ma" and "gu-gu." Although there isn't necessarily any meaning attached to these baby sounds yet, parents are quick to relate these babbles to evidence of early language learning. Also, your 26-week-old baby may be ready to start socializing with other children. Research has suggested that these early social encounters actually do have a positive impact on later social skill development.

You and Your Baby at 26 Weeks

Six-month-old babies are really fun to be around for many reasons. They are learning so much about themselves, their environment, and the people in their world.
 
Infants at this age are also a lot less physically demanding on their caretakers because they are not as delicate as they were when they were newborns. Many can sit up or stay up on their own if you sit them upright. They may even be able to entertain themselves for a few brief moments here and there.
 
Safe but stimulating play is easy to achieve without all the bells and whistles of expensive toys, and can be easily achieved with a few plastic containers and a pot to bang on. They may also benefit from meeting and playing with other children their age (or playing side by side -- they won't actually interact at this age, but it is fun for them to look at each other). Mothers may also benefit by spending time with adults, comparing notes, and bouncing ideas off one other.
 

Major Developments for a 6-Month-Old Baby

Six-month-old babies are really fun to play with because they are a lot stronger and more coordinated than they were when they were newborns. All of that tummy time has really paid off!
 
A word of caution should really be written with each of the developmental milestones. There is always the tendency of parents to be fearful if their baby does not hit each milestone "on time." Parents can avoid these worries by truly understanding that every developmental milestone is best read knowing that there is a substantial age range around each achievement.
 
If your child was a late bloomer in regards to her rolling abilities, rest confidently knowing that she got there and, at this stage of the process, that is all that really matters.
  
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