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Your Baby at 6 Months

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

How your baby plays, speaks, learns, and acts is important! Paying attention to these things helps us get a better understanding of his or her development. Although unmet milestones does not always mean trouble, understanding these typical developmental milestones will help you determine the need to speak with a pediatrician.

So, what can your baby do by 6 months old?


  • 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

  • Responds to own name

  • Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure

  • Begins to say consonant sounds


  • 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


  • Rolls over in both directions, front to back and 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

How can I help develop my 6 month old?

  • Play on the floor with your baby every day

  • Show your baby how to comfort herself when shes upset

  • Use reciprocal play- smile back when baby smiles, copy sounds, etc

  • Read books to your baby every day, praise when baby babbles

  • When your baby looks at something, point to it and talk about it

  • When baby drops a toy on the floor, pick it up and give it back

  • Read colorful picture books

  • Point out new things to your baby and name them

  • Hold your baby up while she sits or support her with pillows

  • Put baby on tummy or back and put toys just out of reach, this will encourage to roll or move

If you are concerned about any of these things, ask your pediatrician for guidance. Check out our other article about milestones and parenting.

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Jeri Ford, RN, BSN, CPN

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