At the age of 3-6 months, coordination improves and babies are capable of basic purposeful actions such as transferring objects from one hand to the other. Also, muscle strength grows, which enables the baby to hold its head on its own.
Babies’ minds grow continuously at the age of 3-6 months, with each baby gaining new impressions and trying new things every day. They learn repeated behaviours and explore sound and noises.
During the 3rd-6th months of a baby’s life, the development of bones and teeth are of particular note. Calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D are important nutrients that support bone and teeth mineralisation as well as other biological processes. The main source of these nutrients for babies is still breast milk or infant formula. At this age, babies mostly reach the daily calcium dosage (about 200-300mg per day) and phosphorus dosage (about 100mg per day) through breast milk, however vitamin D is often supplemented, particularly in northern countries. The energy requirement of approximately 500kcal per day can normally be satisfied via breast milk or infant formula alone.
The main milestones for babies aged 3-6 months include:
(Bartolotta and Shulman, 2010; UNICEF, n.d.; University of Pittsburgh, 2015)
Babies receive countless impressions throughout the day. Their mind is growing fast. At 3-6 months, infants:
(Bartolotta and Shulman, 2010; UNICEF, n.d.; University of Pittsburgh, 2015)back