Quicker than you imagined you are now the proud owner of a 6 month old baby!
These milestones seem to come faster than we are prepared for but are all welcomed milestones. Long gone are the days of feeding around the clock to a little meatloaf that doesn’t so much as give their mom a smile. But I am now the mom to a 6 month old baby that is brimming with personality and excitement.
Obviously, I have changed in the last three months, just as my baby has changed. I wanted to take some time to reflect on the ways a mom changes in these three months!
And if you missed the You Have a 3 Month Old post check it out!
1. SIDS isn’t the first word I utter for every worry
It’s more like the 2nd or 3rd.
Don’t think I’ve stopped worrying. As a person who has anxiety, I will never stop worrying. But my worries have changed and aren’t as prevalent in my thoughts. I am not as frantic as I was about SIDS (even though that word continues to haunt me).
2.Sleep has drastically improved in our house but it has also changed
By 6 months, most babies are sleeping through the night most nights. I am sorry for the mamas who cannot say this, you have my sincerest apology if you want to smack me right now. Baby J is sleeping most nights alone in his crib. The only really challenge for him has been his increased mobility. Rolling over is still a shock to him and makes him mad.
3.Playtime has meaning now
I find it funny when we emphasize “play” before this point. Yes, it will help them learn about their surroundings but can we really call it play? It’s just a way for moms to break up the monotony and feel better about themselves. I know because I’ve done it for these reasons.
BUT at six months old, interaction and learning are increasing everyday. It’s thrilling to watch baby boy figure out how to make his toys work. The reward is so great and just encourages him to try more!
4.Baby is less wobbly and fragile seeming
Between 3-6 months you can actually start holding your baby on your hip. This is HUGE! You don’t realize how stressful holding a newborn is until you get to hold a baby on your hip. Less strain on your body in some ways but also allows you to free up the other arm if needed. Talk about freedom!
5.Feeding has new challenges
Breastfeeding isn’t as easy as you think it should be. (read this great article here). By the time you have a 6 month old baby you usually have a good routine down, especially when it comes to feeding.
Whether you are bottle or breast feeding it starts to become more difficult. The 6 month old baby is acutely aware of their surroundings now and likes to look at every noise they hear. If you are like me, and your baby has an older sibling, the feeding distractions are endless.
6.Food includes more than milk (or is on the road to being included)
Somewhere between 4-6 months, babies start showing an interest in the food you are eating. Both of my children started showing an obvious interest at 4 months.
Like yelling and clawing at anything to try to get to the food we were eating. Even from the highchair. This is why we decided to start solids earlier than others (and with our doctor’s permission of course!).
Starting solids is an exciting experiment in new textures and tastes for baby. For Mom and Dad, it can feel like just one more thing to try to accomplish every day. Make it easy for everyone involved and try to have them eat as independently as possible.
7.I am rewarded in giggles and I love it
Motherhood is an unpaid job but still the best job around. At this point, I am paid multiple times a day in giggles from my 6 month old baby. I love that he can finally show his excitement verbally and visually. There is NOTHING cuter than baby giggles. Absolutely nothing.
After all of your hard work as a Mommy…
Your baby might be able to do the following:
- Roll over
- Sit up on their own
- Stand on their legs for a second or two (with help of course)
- Feed themselves a teething wafer
This gives mom some freedom to take a breather instead of holding baby all day.
Now if only they could change their own diapers. Then I could just sit on the couch and eat bonbons all day. Isn’t that what stay at home moms are supposed to do?
This list could go on but these are the things that stand out the most about this Mommy Milestone.
You have a 6 month old baby and you should feel as proud of yourself as if you ran a marathon. Because let’s be honest, most days as a mom we feel like that. So give yourself a medal or trophy or a glass of wine and relish in the fact you have survived motherhood for 6 WHOLE MONTHS! Go you!
What is your favorite part of having a 6-month-old? If you’re not there yet is there something you are looking forward to?