- Being held or propped up in a sitting position gives your baby a whole new perspective on the world
- Putting toys just out of reach when they’re lying on a mat encourages your baby to stretch and move towards them (it’s surprising how far they can travel!)
- Talking to babies about anything and everything is important in helping them to learn
- Play games such as ‘peek a boo’, ‘pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake’, ‘walky round the garden like a teddy bear’, ‘this little piggy’ and ‘incy-wincy spider’ - if you can’t remember or are not familiar with these games, try going into the Chat Forum and asking for help!
Babies of this age…
- Constantly repeat sounds, e.g. blowing raspberries
- Love taking turns with you making noises
- Can see and focus on objects and people across a room
- Will look around with interest and will watch you from a distance
- Will flex their head forward when pulled from a lying into a sitting position
- May be starting to dribble a lot because of teething - symptoms can start around a month before a tooth actually appears.
- Babies may now roll from their backs to their fronts and are now able to push up on their arms when they are on their fronts.
This is an enchanting time
So many skills being learnt, such enjoyable interaction as you sing, play games and make silly noises and faces with your baby. When you see the world through a baby’s eyes it becomes a magical place.
But sometimes, if they’re crying without apparent reason, seem to need constant attention, or won’t sleep, it can be a little overwhelming. That’s why getting together with other parents of young babies provides such great support. Make the effort to keep up with any new mums and dads you met at antenatal classes or elsewhere, or find out about any local groups that meet regularly (your health visitor may know of some). Try to organise a babysitter now and then so that you can have a bit of a social life.
You may find, if your baby has been unsettled, dribbling or chewing on everything, that they’ve been teething. One day a little white tooth magically appears. The first tooth is usually one of the bottom front ones, followed by the one next to it; then come the top middle two in turn. Most babies start getting teeth around six months, but a few have no teeth until they are around a year or more!
Weaning your baby
Wow! There’s a whole world of foods out there waiting for your little baby to enjoy (teeth or no teeth!). But first things first, if your health visitor or other health professional has advised that your baby is ready for weaning, here's how you make a start:
- Choose a quiet time and place - and a time when your baby is happy and contented
- Spoon out a small amount of food into a bowl or cup
- Give your baby’s usual feed first before any solids
- Sit baby on your lap or in a reclining chair
- Use a small, shallow, plastic spoon
- Make sure baby is wearing a bib (those first tastes often go everywhere!)
- First tastes should be mild, runny and smooth in texture
- Offer the tip of a spoonful and don’t be surprised if the food comes rolling out again - it’s a whole new tongue technique for your baby to learn!
- Go at your baby’s own pace - some babies take to solids straight away, others take a little while
There’s no hurry, your baby’s usual milk still supplies all the nourishment needed.
Are there any foods you mustn’t give your baby?
Babies under 6 months should have ‘gluten free’ foods. Gluten is just a type of protein found in wheat and other cereals. All ready-made baby foods are clearly labelled to show if they are gluten free. Find out which foods to avoid when you first start weaning.
Download our handy Weaning Chart!
You’ll find lots of helpful guidelines on the progression of weaning, quantities to give, and foods to try on HiPP Organic Weaning Chart.
There’s also a great choice of first foods in the HiPP Organic range.
Did you know?
Every ingredient in HiPP Organic baby foods can be traced back to the very field that it was grown in?