I kept starting and stopping a long winded post on this and never finished it. Here is a boiled down version that I actually got done.
I wanted to go into depth on lessons learned and milestones for 6 months and honestly it just was taking forever. So here is the short list on the good, bad, and ugly of having a 6 month old.
- Month 4-6 can really suck on the sleeping front. Sleep cycles change, learning is at a break neck pace, and kids just like to stir things up once you are comfortable. Hang on and get ready for some crying before naps and at night.
- When you start oatmeal, cereal, then solids, get ready for even nastier poop. Yes it does get worse.
- Don’t concern yourself too much on how other kids are doing compared to yours. Every kiddo does things on their own schedule. Keep open dialog with pediatrician as they can help if you have concerns.
- Everything goes in the mouth. If they can reach it and grab it, it’s going in there. You have been warned.
- Routine routine routine. Especially at bed time. We read stories and do baths every other day.
- Get out and have fun. For us, as Allie gets older she goes longer between meals and is more independent. That means more meals out, hiking, longer walks, and a slow return to getting out and pretending we are functional adults.
- Don’t rush things too much. Kiddo may start rolling and sitting, or maybe not. Maybe she will say mama or dada. Feel free to help them and ask questions, but be careful not to wish and rush the time away. There will come a day when you wish for that time back. That I promise you.
- Have fun. The laughs come easier, smiles, baby talk, and all kinds of sillyness. You will be tired and frustrated, but don’t let it get in the way of enjoying it all.
Bottom line is some things get easier, some get harder. In all I think in general things are better at 6 months. If nothing else the smiles and laughs increase, which really help. Hang in there and hold on tight it’s one heck of a ride!