New developments every dayThis is an exciting time for your baby as they learn and understand more about the world around them. And as their brain continues to develop, you’ll start to see more of their unique little personality, and maybe even a glimpse of their giggly cheeky side! Their understanding of emotions is developing too. They can hear different tones in your voice, and through watching your smiles, frowns and different expressions, learn to recreate them for themselves.
Learning how the world worksAs adults, we take so much of our knowledge for granted. Did you know, for instance, that it’s not until 6 months that babies understand that something they see is unique? Before that, whenever they see a cat in the garden or the street, they assume it’s the same one! Their recognition and memory skills are also developing quickly at this stage. By around 4 months they can single you out in a room full of people. It won’t be long before they start recognising other familiar faces too, whether it’s Granny and Granddad or their little friend from swimming class.
Another development that you’ve probably noticed is their coos and gurgles. They may seem like random noises to anyone else but to your baby, they’re the first attempts at real language.
Your baby’s senses of taste and smell are giving them plenty of information about the world too. They’re very closely linked, which is why, when your baby is ready for their first taste of something other than milk, giving them the chance to smell the food first makes it more likely that they‘ll eat it.
With so many new developments happening every day, it’s not surprising that your baby needs lots of sleep. But the learning doesn’t stop at bedtime. Your baby’s brain continues to organise their new discoveries even while they’re snoring sweetly in the land of nod.
Your baby’s developing brain needs lots of energy and the right balance of nutrients, which at the moment all come from their milk. At 6 months, they need around 600-800 calories each day.
Good nutrition for a healthy brain
Breastmilk and formula milk are specially made for the job, with healthy servings of essential fats such as omega 3 and LCPs.
You may be starting to think about weaning if your baby is showing signs that they’re ready to wean. But it’ll still be a while until they’re eating enough to provide significant portions of certain nutrients.
Your baby’s brain is developing so quickly that sometimes they surprise even themselves. Take a look at our baby physical development page for this stage to find out what you can expect from your growing explorer.
Developing in all kinds of ways
And if you want to look ahead, our other baby development articles give you a sneak peek of what’s in store in the weeks and months to come. In the meantime, keep a camera on hand to snap those precious moments when they happen!