- By this time, she will probably be sitting on her own.
- Her rolling over, both ways, independently will tire you out.
- From tummy down, your baby will attempt to push herself into crawling position.
- She will be mastering transferring objects between hands.
- The baby may attempt to stand using objects as support.
- Raking grasp will have set in.
- Different textures will fascinate her—running water, prickly grass, warm rug.
- She will now be noticing tiny details: flower on your shirt and will reach out to explore.
- Henceforth mouthing anything within grasp to explore and understand will become common.
- Her sense of direction will start to develop.
- She will intentionally move in the direction she wants to go or towards you.
- When something will fall, she will look intently at it to understand its new space.
Emotional and Social Development:
- Your baby will by now firmly recognize familiar people including grandparents.
- She will start to develop fear of strangers and may not like going to them.
- Around this time, she will be social and entertain people with sounds and laughter though from your lap.
- She will develop attachment for a favourite toy.
- Your baby’s range of emotions will include anger also now.
Language and Communication
- Your baby will bore or delight you by repeating the same sound again and again.
- She will now learn to string together some vowels and consonants.
- Communication through sign language is going to be a norm now.
- Few words—bath, milk, diaper—will be recognizable to her.
- Her mixed bag of babbling can be delightful to hear.
- Her expertise at non-verbal communication is getting defined.
- She would have doubled her birth weight by now.
- From only breastmilk diet, you can move her to simple, pureed fruits and vegetables.
- Space out her semi-solid meals with milk: top milk or breast milk.
- Sips of water can be introduced.
What you can do to boost her development:
- To help her learn language, read out stories to her every night.
- Play peek-a-boo and similar games. It will help teach the idea of object permanence.
- Place toys just out of reach to encourage your baby to crawl.
- Sit at some distance and call her to come to you. Reward her with a big hug.
- Expose her to different textures to enhance her touch sense.
- Take her outdoors to boost her eyesight development.
- Name out objects to her when interacting with her.
- Repetition is the key here.
- Stacking blocks can be used to boost hand-eye coordination.
- Invest time in finger plays such as pat-a-cake and itsy-bitsy spider.