6 Month Milestones


Your baby is growing fast and has changed so quickly from just six months ago!

Cognitive Baby Development

6 month milestones

1. This six-month-old baby is very interested in people!

2. He makes contact, smiles, and coos.

3. She is interested in grabbing, holding and tasting everything she can get her hands on.

4. Mouthing things are the baby’s way of exploring.

5. He’s not being naughty, he’s just being very curious. Be sure everything your baby puts in his mouth is safe and made of non-toxic materials.

6. Babies love to hand objects to you and then have you hand them back.

7. Your child that things that go away come back.

8. Six-month-old babies enjoy books with simple pictures.

9. Playing with YOU is the best way for your baby to learn.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV or video watching for children under the age of two years.

Social and Emotional Development

1. By six months of age, your baby has developed a special relationship with those he knows.

2. Your baby may become quiet or even distressed when meeting someone he

doesn’t know.

3. It is the beginning of what is known as stranger anxiety.

4. She may suck on her fingers or thumb to comfort herself. Allow your baby to play where he can see you.

5. Six-month-old babies will begin to show many emotions joy, fear, interest, and surprise.

Language and Communication Development

1. Instead of just crying, a six-month-old baby may make a loud noise and wave his hands to get attention.

2. Your baby may react strongly to the emotions of others; laughing if the other person is laughing, or showing sadness if someone is crying.

3. Six-month-old babies communicate by smiling, laughing, crying, yelling and moving their bodies.

4. Your baby will begin to use more babbling sounds.

5. She will use her voice to express joy and displeasure.

6. Especially when you talk to her, your baby will make sounds back.

7. When your baby is looking at something, point at it and explain what it is. You will have fun together by copying your baby sounds and actions.

8. If she waves, wave back and say “Hello!” Talking to the baby is one of the best ways to encourage him to use his listening skills and learn what words mean.

Large and Small Muscle Development

1. Once in the sitting position, a six-month-old baby can hold her head steady and her body is quite straight, though she’ll still need support to sit.

2. Sitting gives a baby a whole new way to see the world.

3. Cushions or pillows can be used to support baby in sitting and will soften his fall when he topples over.

4. Never leave a baby alone when in supported sitting.

5. She can roll over from her back to her tummy and sometimes from tummy to her back.

6. Six-month-olds like to bounce when held in a standing position.

7. Get down on your baby’s level and see what kind of dangers might need to be taken care of or removed.

8. Your baby could roll over and be able to reach a cord.

9. Small muscle or fine motor skills allow us to do things like typing or using a key to open a door. It is important to encourage a baby’s fine motor or small muscle development. Give baby toys she can explore with her fingers.

10. She will practice using both hands to explore at the same time.

11. He will work hard to reach toys by stretching and grabbing.

Six-month-old babies will enjoy holding a small toy and shaking it about. It’ll be a few more weeks before your baby can use his thumb and fingers to pick up small objects.

Babies will not have a definite hand preference at this time. This typically develops when your baby is about two years old.

Sometimes six-month-olds aren’t developing typically or as expected.

There are some signs that may indicate your baby may not be developing as other children his age:

1. If your baby seems to have very stiff tight muscles

2. Or your baby seems very floppy like a rag doll,

3. If he refuses to cuddle.

4. If he shows no special reaction for those who care for him.

5. He doesn’t seem to enjoy being around people,

6. Does  not respond to sounds around him,

7. Has difficulty getting objects to his mouth, 

8. Does not try to reach for toys.

If you have concerns about your baby’s development contact your health-care provider.

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