Development at
6 Months

What Your Child Should Be Doing

  • Has a strong interest in looking at human faces.
  • Babbles and coos. Makes sounds like “da”, “ga”, “ka”, and “ba”.
  • Is beginning to learn that her actions, such as cooing or crying, bring reactions from her parents or caregivers.
  • When you hold her in a sitting position, she holds her head steady.
  • Can roll over from back to tummy
  • May be able to sit up by himself.
  • If you hold both hands to balance him, he can support his own weight while standing.
  • Reaches for and grasps a small toy.
  • Plays with fingers and toes.
  • Puts toys in mouth and bangs things with toys.
  • Avoid the danger of choking: make sure toys cannot fit through a paper towel tube*
  • Can pass toys from right hand to left & back.
  • If she drops a toy while on her back, she turns her head and looks for it.
  • Tries to get a toy that is out of reach
  • Shows preference for familiar adult.
  • Notices other babies.
  • Holds arms out when she wants to be held.
  • Laughs and squeals with delight.
  • Cries or screams loudly if annoyed or frustrated.
  • Shows discomfort around strangers.
  • Opens his mouth when you feed him with a spoon.
  • Holds a bottle.

How You Can Help

  • Respond to his gazes with eye-to-eye contact and smiles.
  • Talk back when he babbles or coos. Repeat the sounds he makes & encourage him to repeat them to you.
  • Try to understand what her actions are trying to tell you, and respond to them. You can’t spoil babies with too much love or attention.
  • Talk, sing or hum around baby and watch his reactions. See what sounds he likes the most and repeat them.
  • Provide a crib “gym” or other safe toy that can attach to the side of the crib and allow him to pull, push and manipulate objects.
  • Help develop listening skills with toys that make sounds, like squeakers, rattles, and musical toys.
  • Help baby make sense of his world by being predictable. Set up schedules that include regular feedings and names, and routines for diapering, mealtime, bathtime and bedtime.
  • Use routine times to “play”, counting toes & fingers, making faces, tickling, etc.
  • Try feeding him some solid foods with a spoon
  • Offer a few simple toys for baby to practice grasping, ex: a rattle, or teething ring.