By now, most babies have figured out how to get where they want to go. Some creep on their bellies, like miniature soldiers crawling under barbed wire. Others roll. Still others get up on their hands and knees, looking for all the world like they're going to crawl—and then flop forward like a walrus or a seal.
Some well-meaning parents refuse to babyproof, citing their belief that babies need to learn what they can and can't touch. While it's true that your baby needs to learn limits and safety, your life will be a lot less stressful if you simply move some of your precious things up to a higher level. Right now, your baby is an exploring machine. There will be plenty of time later to teach her what she's allowed to touch.
Visually, your child can now track small objects. (For real fun, show her an ant crawling on the sidewalk). She'll also try to grab moving objects, a testament to her growing eye-hand coordination. And intellectually, she's putting it all together. Now, if your baby spots her favorite bunny's ears sticking out from under a blanket, she'll flop over, pull off the blanket and retrieve her bunny. A few months ago, random fuzzy shapes near a blanket would have meant nothing to her. You baby is beginning to understand object permanence, the idea that object exist when they're out of sight.
Your baby can also now hear as well as most adults. She's putting her voice to good use, too! Every day, you probably hear squeals of pleasure, cries of frustration, silly little coughs and strings of one-syllable sounds (bababa and dadada are particular favorites). Nurture her language skills by talking to her throughout the day.
Bath time may be a little more complicated these days. At six months, your baby is probably close to outgrowing her baby tub. Making the transition to the big tub, though, can be a scary for both babies and parents. A lot of parents rely on infant bath rings to help hold baby in place, but remember that the rings are not designed to replace parental supervision. Always—always!—remain within arms' length while bathing your baby.
Squeezing in time for fitness is a never-ending challenge. But remember: You don't need a whole hour a day to get in shape. Any kind of physical activity, even if it's just a few minutes here and there, can add up to a healthier you.
One option is to exercise with your baby. Yoga is a great way to relax and unwind with your bambino while building muscle control and flexibility. You can also strap your baby into the front carrier and go for a hike or jog around the park while your baby snoozes in the jogging stroller.
Keep your focus on fitness, not weight loss. While you're probably eager to shed those last few pounds of baby weight, it's perfectly normal to still weigh more than your baseline. Nursing moms, in particular, may find it difficult to shed all the baby weight while still breastfeeding. (Of course, other moms report the opposite problem: the weight falls off while they're nursing and stubbornly clings once they stop). Concentrate on establishing healthy habits now and the weight will come off in time.
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Baby Food: it's good to introduce more textured foods once baby has tried all food groups and have no trouble swallowing. allow baby to remain on stage 1 for about 1 or 2 weeks after everything has been sampled and then slowly introduce stage 2. —tiredm0m