Milestones for your Six Month Old Baby

        Ages & stages for babies 6 months oldImportant Milestones:

        Your Baby at Six Months

        How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 6 months.

        What most babies do at this age:

        Social and Emotional

        • Knows familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a stranger
        • Likes to play with others, especially parents
        • Responds to other people’s emotions and often seems happy
        • Likes to look at self in a mirror


        • Responds to sounds by making sounds
        • Strings vowels together when babbling (“ah,” “eh,” “oh”) and likes taking turns with parent while making sounds
        • Responds to own name
        • Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure
        • Begins to say consonant sounds (jabbering with “m,” “b”)

        Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

        • Looks around at things nearby
        • Brings things to mouth
        • Shows curiosity about things and tries to get things that are out of reach
        • Begins to pass things from one hand to the other

        Movement/Physical Development

        • Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front)
        • Begins to sit without support
        • When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce
        • Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward

        Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:

        • Doesn’t try to get things that are in reach
        • Shows no affection for caregivers
        • Doesn’t respond to sounds around him
        • Has difficulty getting things to mouth
        • Doesn’t make vowel sounds (“ah”, “eh”, “oh”)
        • Doesn’t roll over in either direction
        • Doesn’t laugh or make squealing sounds
        • Seems very stiff, with tight muscles
        • Seems very floppy, like a rag doll
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