Thank you for contacting Just Answer. And congratulations on your 6-month-old. These are great questions. Your baby is lucky to have such caring parents. The most important thing to foster your child's development at this age is to talk to your baby, play with your baby, cuddle, smile and describe what is happening around you (probably what you are already doing). 1. You can buy toys that engage your child rather than entertain. Limit the number of battery operated toys that can overstimulate babies and buy toys that your child can manipulate (balls, rattles, stacking toys, toys he can put in and out of a basket or a bag) and reactionary toys such as musical instruments, and rainmakers. www.fatbraintoys.com is a great website where you can search for toys by age. 2. Reading, singing and playing music with your child helps foster his development. Peek a boo is a great game because it teaches your child about object permanence (that objects exist even when they cannot be seen) which helps with separation anxiety so definitely continue that. I will also attach a handout that gives you specific techniques on playing with your child that will help foster your relationship and his development. 3. Giving your child the opportunity to play in a safe space is the best thing you can do to help foster his physical abilities. Allowing your child the opportunity to lay down on the floor and roll over will help him develop his gross motor skills. The great thing about babies is with the right environment and parental support, they know what to do on their own. I hope his has been helpful, if so, I would appreciate a positive review. If not, please know what else I can do to further assist you. I wish you all the very best! Kerrie
thanks. that helps a lot. also a quick question: should we have our baby sleep on his own at 6 months or is it too early or too late?
for families that choose to have the baby sleep in his own room, normally about how old do people start to train the baby to sleep in his own room?