- Early Childhood Development
- Getting School Ready
- Did You Know?
- About Us
Before your baby is even 6 months old, there are lots of easy, everyday ways you can begin to prepare him for a lifetime of learning and success. Here are milestones and warning signs you can look for, plus simple steps and activities you can use to help him develop - and succeed.Milestones By the time he is 6 months old, you can expect your child to:
Tips for SuccessHold your baby often to help him feel loved and safe. Talk or sing to your baby while you do everyday things like dressing, bathing, feeding or playing with him.
ActivitySing simple songs and nursery rhymes from the time your baby is born. Use your hands and fingers to act out the songs. Smile while you sing and change your facial expressions to fit the song or rhyme. This helps begin to develop language and memory, and starts to prepare your child to read! Some songs children enjoy include:
Help your baby strengthen muscles by playing on his tummy. (What you will need: toys, photographs, pictures or books) While your baby is wide awake and alert, place him on a blanket on his tummy for short periods of time. Talk about what he is seeing. Be sure to keep your baby awake during "tummy time" or to roll him over on his back if he falls asleep.Checkups and Immunizations
Even when he's healthy, it's important to take your baby to a pediatrician (children's doctor) for checkups and immunizations (shots) at ages 1 month, 2 months, 4 months and 6 months. Take his immunization record with you to all his checkups. Your pediatrician will keep it up to date.Content provided courtesy of Success By 6 ™ of United Way of Greater Cincinnati