Baby Week 24: Your baby can see and hear almost everything just like you. Communication skills have also evolved rapidly, such as screams, bubbles, and opera-like octave. Your baby’s voice can show a response or attitude to something, such as happiness, cravings, or even satisfaction.

Milestone:
During Week 24, your 6 month old baby may do the following:

  • Raise their body from sitting position and standing up.
  • Stand on someone or something.
  • Try to get a toy that’s not within reach.
  • Try to reach toys that are way far from them, hence, crawl.
  • Change blocks or other objects from one hand to the other.
  • Find items that fall from your hands, grab small items and pick them up with their hands. So, keep dangerous items out of your baby’s reach.
  • Have the same vision and hearing as adults.
  • Babbling words such as  vowels and consonants to combine to make words and sounds like rattle, horns, mama, ride and so on.

How to take care of your 6 month old baby? – Week 24

Babies at this age can babble or play a little word game with you, so encourage your baby to make sounds such as “Sheep Beep, Goat Bleep,” and more. If you can’t tell what word your baby is saying, still respond enthusiastically to your baby in the following ways and say, “Yeah, this is a car, it is bright red!”. By doing this, the baby will be happy and willing to continue trying to speak.

Health information for your 6 month old baby – Week 24

Most doctors will not arrange a check-up for your baby this month, which means that your baby has no major health problems, but on the other hand, you may not know how your baby develops. Please prepare for next week’s checkup. If you have any questions you want to know, or if you are unable to wait until next week, do not be afraid, please call the doctor immediately.

The needs and development of your 6 month old baby – Week 24

You should know the following:

Vaccinations

Your doctor may recommend Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Polio, Whooping cough and Rotavirus vaccine. Pneumococcal vaccine helps baby fight bacterial meningitis, pneumonia or ear infection.

Haemophilus influenza B vaccine (Hib), which can cause bacterial meningitis, pneumonia, and Haemophilus Influenzae type B, rotavirus vaccine prevents viruses that cause gastrointestinal colds. In addition, influenza vaccines can be administered during the flu season.

How to prevent my baby from being afraid of needles?

Ask your doctor or nurse if you can leave your baby with you instead of lying on the table. Stay calm and talk gently to your baby to distract him or her with your body language. You can also give baby bottles, or pacifier to soothe crying baby. There is evidence that parent-feeding during injection reduces baby’s crying.

However, the vaccine does not guarantee that the baby will never get sick.Some vaccines require several doses within the deadline to be fully immune. The risk of not receiving vaccinations is much higher than the adverse effects of vaccines. Severe adverse reactions after vaccination are very rare, so it is better to get your baby fully vaccinated. Take care of your baby after injection. If you notice any serious adverse reactions, please tell your doctor.

Food allergies

For newborns with a history of family allergies, the following precautions are taken:

Give your baby solid food

Many experts now believe that the later a potential allergen is detected by the body, the less likely it is to be allergic. Therefore, most physicians recommend weaning later, especially if you, your partner or your family have hereditary allergies.

Continue to feed on mother’s milk

Bottle feeding your baby is more likely to be allergic than pro-feeding, because milk is a common allergen. If you are still feeding your baby, continue until the baby reaches the age of 1. You can also feed your baby soy milk, but be aware that some babies are allergic to soybean. For some babies, hydrolyzed milk protein formulas are more suitable.

Provide a wide variety of weaning food

If you have a family allergy, your baby should be exposed to different foods, one at a time.The same food you should feed your baby after a week and change it to another new food.Should your baby develop dizziness, rash (including diaper rash), phlegm, gasping or runny nose, stop eating these foods immediately for at least a few weeks.You can not continue feeding until you can ensure that your baby can absorb the nutrients of these foods without any danger.

Start with hypoallergenic foods

Rice is relatively non-allergic and is a weaning food recommended by most experts.Barley and oats are also hypoallergenic foods, and most fruits and vegetables rarely cause allergies to children, but experts recommend not to start with tomato or berry. Moreover, this is the stage which babies should not be allowed to eat shellfish, peas, or other beans. Foods prone to allergies, such as peanuts, certain spices or chocolate, should also be avoided.

Most of the symptoms of allergies disappear as the child grows up.Therefore, even if your child is allergic to milk, wheat or other foods, please be patient, and allergies may disappear within a few years.

Safely carry your baby

When your baby is able to sit up, even for a short period of time, it means your baby is ready to use the baby carrier.Some parents find the straps convenient and comfortable, but others are not fond of this and may strain their muscles as a result. Some babies are happy to use, others don’t like shaking.

To know if the strap is suitable for your child, you should try carrying your baby on it before making a purchase. If you use the baby carrier, make sure that the strap securely ties the baby tightly. This position allows your baby to do a lot behind you, not just looking around, but also pulling jars on the supermarket rack, knocking on the gift shop’s vase, or collecting leaves from the park.Keep in mind that if you buy such a strap, estimate the safe distance when you go out, such as entering a crowded elevator or a shorter door.

Reminder for novice parents

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There are many benefits if your baby knows how to use cups on their own, so you should encourage your baby to learn to do so. First of all, your baby can learn a variety of other drinks, or ways to drink, in addition to mother’s milk or bottle. Learn to use cups, making it easier to quit mother’s milk or bottle. Plus, using cups makes it easier for your child to drink water, juice or milk, without the need for extra pro or bottle feeding. Here are some tips to help your baby learn to use the cup faster and more successfully. Wait until the baby can sit on its own without assistance as this reduces the risk of choking.

Choose the right cup for your baby

Every child has their favorite mug, and you should try it all until you find the one your baby loves. Some babies like cups with one or two handles, others don’t.

Choose a safer cup

When your baby is holding the cup, he or she may throw the cup on the floor or lose the patience and simply knock it on the table, so it is important to use a cup that is not easy to break. Try not to use cups with heavy bottoms, or paper or plastic cups, as they can easily be torn or cracked.

Don’t overprotect your baby

Babies will learn from mistakes, teach your baby to drink in a cup, and sometimes water will spill out from your baby’s chin and even flow to their stomach, but that’s okay. Over time, the baby will become more skilled. You can prepare a waterproof bib for your baby, or wear a waterproof pad or a waterproof scarf if you hold your baby around your thigh.

Create a comfortable environment

Make sure your baby is comfortable when sitting on your thigh, baby chair or feeding chair.
Provide the right drink for your baby: The most cost-effective, safest and easiest is to start with water. Once your baby learns how to drink water in a cup, you can change to mother’s milk, formula or diluted juice. Choose drinks according to your baby’s preference, some babies start with only fruit juice, not milk from the cup, and some start with milk.

Encourage your baby to participate

Baby may try to pick up the cup and think “I want to do it myself”. In such a situation, let your baby try by himself. Babies are still young, so most of them can’t control the cup yet, so when your baby keeps on dropping the cup, don’t be too disappointed, it’s just the process of learning.

Don’t stress your baby

If your baby refuses to use a cup after trying for a few times, or still don’t want to use a cup after trying to pour a different drink in the cup, don’t force your baby to accept the cup. You can put the cup on the rack and try it again in a couple of weeks, then use exaggerated movements to get your baby excited, like “see what Mommy wants to give you”, or put the empty cup there and play with the baby. Just like a toy, play and try again.

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