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!

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