6-Month-Old Milestones

      6-Month-Old Milestones

      They’re discovering new and surprising things at every stage. But they do so at their own pace. So, don’t compare and worry! Here are some 6-month-old milestones to expect with your little one.

      Celebrate with your little one as they reach these milestones for 6-month-old babies.

      6-month-old milestones for your baby: Thinking

      • Shows interest in complex patterns
      • Focuses on small objects
      • Smoothly tracks moving objects
      • Increased attention span 
      • Experiments with cause and effect
      • Discovers object permanence (an object is still there even when they can’t see it)

      • Understands sequencing (setting up a high chair means it’s time to eat)

      6-month-old milestones for your baby: Moving

      • Holds up their head without support when upright
      • Pushes up to elbows and arches back when on stomach

      • Rocks on stomach; waves arms and legs

      • Rolls from stomach to back, then back to stomach

      • Sits in frog- or tripod-like position without support

      • Coordinates hands and eyes (sees an object, then reaches for it)

      • Rakes object toward them and grasps it

      • Brings object to mouth with good accuracy

      • Uses hands to explore body; grabs feet when lying on back

      • Can stand on your lap or a firm surface and bounce

      6-month-old milestones for your baby: Communicating

      • Uses different cries to express hunger, pain, sleepiness, or boredom
      • Listens to your language patterns and copies those sounds

      • Makes more complex, two-syllable babbles that combine vowels and consonants (“ah-goo,” “bah-bah”)

      • Babbles begin to sound like intonation used in real language

      • Squeals, giggles, and laughs to draw attention

      6-month-old milestones for your baby: Understanding

      • Distinguishes emotions from your tone of voice and expressions
      • Uses voice and facial expressions to convey emotions

      • Observes faces; makes and maintains eye contact

      • Copies facial expressions and movements

      • Expresses emotions more distinctly

      • Soothed by your presence and voice when upset

      • Personality becomes more apparent

      And those are the milestones for your 6-month-old. Your baby is already half a year old, so they’ll be walking and talking before you know it. Be sure to look out for milestones coming at 7 months!

      If I could give advice to my former self and mommas-to-be, it would be don't stress the small stuff because there are way worse things that could happen. – Enfamil® mom