Your Baby at 6 Months

What Most Babies Do at this Age:

Social/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

Language/Communication

  • 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

The Milestone Child Development Chart is shown Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

What You Can Do for Your Six-Month-Old:

  • Play on the floor with your baby every day.
  • Learn to read your baby’s moods. If he/she is happy, keep doing what you’re doing. If he/she is upset, take a break and comfort your baby.
  • Show your baby how to comfort him/herself when he/she is upset. He/she may suck on her fingers to self soothe.
  • Use “reciprocal” play—when he/she smiles, you smile; when he/she makes sounds, you copy them.
  • Repeat your child’s sounds and say simple words with those sounds. For example, if your child says “bah”, say “bottle” or “book”.
  • Read books to your child every day. Praise him/her when she babbles and “reads” too.
  • When your baby looks at something, point to it and talk about it.
  • When he/she drops a toy on the floor, pick it up and give it back. This game helps him/her learn cause and effect.
  • Read colorful picture books to your baby.
  • Point out new things to your baby and name them.
  • Show your baby bright pictures in a magazine and name them.
  • Hold your baby up while he/she sits or support his/her with pillows. Let him/her look around and give him/her toys to look at while she balances.
  • Put your baby on his/her tummy or back and put toys just out of reach. Encourage him/her to roll over to reach the toys.