A six-month-old baby has special needs, especially when it comes to food. Ohmymag tells you what you need to know about your baby's diet and growth.
Your Baby At Six Months
1. Weight at six months: On average, a baby of six months weighs 7 to 7.6 kg for a height of around 65 cm. To be more precise, according to the health book, a six-month-old girl weighs 'normally' between 5.5 and 8.7 kg, for a height of between 60.5 and 69.5 cm.
As for a six-month-old boy, he should ideally weigh between 6 and 9.1 kg for a size ranging from 61.5 to 69 cm.
2. Feeding a baby at six months: It is between five and six months that baby's dietary diversification usually begins, following the recommendations of the pediatrician, including the order of introduction of food, to avoid the risk of food allergies.
If you have already introduced the vegetables and fruits authorised in the 5th month, you can now give very small quantities of animal protein to baby: no more than 10 g of meat or fish, cooked without fat and mixed very finely, by day. This portion may be replaced from time to time by half an egg yolk or a quarter of a hard egg. The easiest way is to mix the protein with vegetable puree.
Even if they start to eat 'like a big one', a six-month-old baby still needs a lot of milk (breast milk or infant formula): 240 ml of milk per bottle is usually required. In addition, baby can already eat dairy products such as yoghurt, which makes it possible to supplement the feedings or the bottles.
Usually, feeding a six-month-old baby includes taking milk in the morning, a 'solid' meal at noon (vegetable purée, protein + a fruit compote or a dairy), milk to taste (breastfeeding or bottle of 240 ml of milk or even 150 ml of milk with yoghurt and crushed fruit) and another intake of milk at night (simply milk, or mixture of milk and vegetable puree).
3. Sleeping pattern of a six-month-old baby: A six-month-old baby can sleep 8 to 12 hours per night: a bedtime routine usually helps them fall asleep. However, it can happen that baby wakes up at night - as long as they are calm, it is better not to speak to them or to take them in your arms. This is the best way for them to quickly self-soothe.
A baby who cries insistently, however, needs to be reassured in your arms before going back to sleep: at this age, it is often teething that disrupts baby's nights. Gently massaging their gums can soothe it.