During week 26, your baby should be able to do the following:

  • Stand straight with their legs withstanding their own weight.
  • Requires less of your help and can sit on his own.
  • The face turns to the sound source.
  • Able to make funny sounds with water.

How to take care of your 6 month old baby – Week 26

Babies may prefer to use one hand before changing it to the other. At this stage, it is not clear which hand is more powerful and it will not be revealed until the age of 2 to 3 years old. Do not intentionally make your baby a ‘righty’ or a ‘lefty’, as these abilities are already determined before birth. If you force your child to use a non-customary hand, you can cause confusion, irreconcilable hands, inflexible, and writing problems.

If you want to teach your baby sign language, this is a good time. This language can be used as a tool that teaches your baby to express their emotions and reduces the chance of discomfort. First of all, you can teach your baby some common words and try to express them in sign language. For example, “the book is opened” when hands are put together and express “hungry” by placing the hands on the stomach.

Babies love to imitate, especially sound and language. Sometimes, you should make your baby the person who controls the rules of the game, that is, you mimic the baby’s voice. This will let your baby know how powerful communication is.

Health information for your 6 month baby – Week 26

Depending on the baby’s condition, the doctor will perform a physical examination and use different diagnostic tools and procedures. Physicians and nurses will perform the following examinations:

  • A medical examination, which includes a re-evaluation of the previous problem.
  • From now on, the doctor will check the condition of your baby’s teeth.
  • Your doctor may use your observations and records to learn about your baby, or to conduct a series of assessments, such as the ability such as how well your baby controls the head while sitting, as well as vision, hearing, grabbing objects, grasping small things, rolling, leg weight bearing, etc., by interacting with the doctor, listening to the baby’s voice.

The needs and development of your 6 month old baby – Week 26

You should know the following:

Vitamins & Supplements

Baby feeding and babies who drink less than 960 ml of milk a day need vitamin D supplements. Even if your baby skin isn’t frequently exposed to the sun, it is best to minimize the time your baby spends under the sun as baby’s skin is thin and sensitive. Every minute of exposure to sunlight increases the risk of skin cancer and wrinkles. Sunscreen protects the child from the sun, but also reduces the body’s vitamin D production, hence, taking vitamin D supplement is beneficial to the baby.

As for other vitamins, your doctor may not particularly recommend supplementing, as you should start with slowly adjusting your baby’s diet. However, there are exceptions, such as low weight or poor gastrointestinal function, less milk or formula than other children of the same age, or chronic diseases affecting eating and absorbing ability, as described above condition may require vitamin supplementation. If you have any questions, ask your doctor.

Consult your physician for proper dosage. Never give your baby the standard dose for adults, or try to cut the vitamin by yourself. Vitamin supplements should be used only if prescribed by a physician. Excessive drugs or vitamins can affect the absorption of nutrients and even pose a risk.

Stool

For feeding parents, your baby’s soft, sticky, non-irritating stool can turn into black, thick and stinking stool. However, rest assured that this is normal.Although before weaning, the baby’s stool will be softer than the bottle feeding the baby, after he or she starts to eat solid food, the baby’s stool will become more and more like an adult’s stool.

Dental diseases

To prevent your baby from getting dental disease, follow the following:

  • Never give your baby a sugary drink even before teething or when your baby is starting to love sweetness. Sugary drinks include blueberry juice, cocktails, mixed juice, diluted juice with water. If really needed, use a cup to give your baby only a small about of juice.
  • Do not allow your baby to drink formula, mother’s milk or juice at night before bedtime. If you want to give your baby some drink during bedtime, give your baby some luke warm or room temperature water, as it does not harm the teeth.
  • Do not allow your baby to suck nipples or bottles while crawling or lying around unsupervised. Sucking all day can hurt their teeth. Pumping bottles should be considered as part of a meal or snack, only in a specific place (holding while sitting down, on  a baby chair, high chair, or other chair). When using the glass bottle , follow the same rules.
  • When taking care of your baby, don’t let your baby drink all night because feeding at night can cause tooth decay.
  • Once your baby is 1 year old, don’t use bottles anymore.

Reminder for novice parents

You may be interested in the following:

Baby feeding will refuse bottle feeding

Try these tips to help your baby get used to bottles:

  • Only when your baby is hungry.
  • Do not feed your baby if he or she is full
  • Pretend to ignore the baby if you know that he or she is full or has just eaten.
  • Play with your baby before feeding
  • Baby’s favorite drink inside the bottle

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