Baby Development at 6 Months Old: Charlie’s Monthly Update
I CANNOT believe I am writing this already, but Charlie has just hit the 6 month old mark! I see 6 months as a massive milestone – half a year of surviving being a parent & a massive developmental leap for the little ones. It’s incredible how much Charlie has changed since his 5 month update.
Big! Every time we go out & someone stops to ask how old he is, they always guess that he’s at least 2 months older! Fortunately this doesn’t apply to his clothes as we are still in 3-6 months – I don’t have to go shopping just yet as everything still fits him really well.
Charlie is getting (slightly) longer hair now, it is at that very cute, fluffy stage. We are still waiting for the teeth to appear. We have been able to see the two bottom ones under his gums for months now, but they aren’t showing any signs of cutting through yet.
He is now well & truly rolling from back to front & vice versa. He uses this skill to get himself around a mat on the floor, whilst reaching for his toys. Charlie is also very close to being able to sit up unaided. He does topple over quite frequently, but he is improving each day.
Likes & Dislikes
Charlie is still enjoying his bedtime stories & we have ventured into the loft to retrieve Sophie’s old toys that are now suitable for him to play with. The biggest hit? A Tigger door bouncer! He gets hysterical giggles the moment we put him in it. He loves standing on his feet so this is his idea of bliss. He’s also discovered the joys of a ball pit & toys that make noises when he shakes them. In terms of dislikes, he still doesn’t like being left on his own. He also is becoming adverse to being in his bouncy chair or basically anywhere where he hasn’t got the freedom to move around.
We are really starting to see a little personality coming through now. He’s happy, giggly & so talkative – he doesn’t stop!
As we are at the 6 months mark we have started weaning! This has impacted on his milk intake so, even though he still has 6oz, he only has 5 bottles in 24 hours. In terms of food, he is getting on SO well with it. Currently he has fruity porridge for breakfast & a vegetable dinner. I haven’t started giving him lunch yet as I don’t think he’s ready for 3 meals a day. In terms of dinner I do a combination of mashed vegetables with a spoon alongside a vegetable stick so he can choose how he eats it. He tends to eat both! He has eaten broccoli, aubergine (his current favourite), carrots, mashed peas, sweet potato, courgette & avocado so far. He’s a fantastic eater & hasn’t refused anything yet… long may it last!
Hit & miss! He still only wakes for his dream feed, so no feeds at 4am which is amazing. Some nights he sleeps through no problem. Other nights he fidgets & fusses & needs lots of dummy replacing, patting, white noise etc. Initially this was due to starting to eat solids so I think his tummy was struggling a little. You just never know what sort of night you’re going to get so I have made the decision to keep him in our room longer until he’s more settled. I don’t want to be getting out of bed 10 times a night! Charlie’s naps have now reduced to 2 a day (boo hoo!). Generally he has a longish one in the morning (around 2 hours after waking up) & a shorter one at lunchtime. He then keeps going all afternoon until bedtime.
What We Have Been Up To
This month we have STILL been in the midst of a heat wave. We have been mainly enjoying it (sort of) & have been super busy. We visited family in Luton where we met our very cute cousin for the first time. Sophie loved her & played with her all day. We have also visited some different National Trust properties including Baddesley Clinton & Upton House. Such lovely days out & Charlie is always super happy when he’s outside in the fresh air. We’ve spent lots of time in local parks, the library & playing at Grandmas. We also went for our first child-friendly cinema screening (an experience with a 6 month old…).
The bond between Sophie & Charlie is growing each day. It’s so lovely to watch. They both are obsessed with each other, although I have noticed Sophie becoming a little more grumpy with him at times as, now he is older he can do more including playing with her toys… Sometimes she is more than happy for him to do this, sometimes not so much!
So that’s it for Charlie’s baby development at 6 months update. Look out for our 7 month update in a few weeks time!
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