Reaching Milestones: 6 Months

All babies have their own timetable, but you can watch for certain developments in your 6-month-old. Celebrate with your baby as she reaches or nears these milestones.

Cognitive

  • Shows interest in more complex patterns
  • Is more interested in studying objects visually
  • Focuses on small objects
  • Smoothly tracks quickly moving objects
  • Has increased attention span
  • Experiments with cause and effect
  • Discovers object permanence (an object is still there even when she can’t see it)
  • Understands some sequencing (setting up a high chair means it’s time to eat)

Motor

  • Holds head steady without support when upright
  • When on stomach, pushes up to elbows and arches her back
  • Rocks on stomach, waving arms and legs
  • Rolls from stomach to back, then back to stomach
  • May sit in frog- or tripod-like position without support
  • Coordinates hands and eyes (seeing an object, then reaching for it)
  • Rakes objects toward her and grasps them
  • Brings objects to mouth with good accuracy
  • Uses hands to explore body; grabs feet when lying on back
  • Will stand on your lap or a firm surface and bounce

Communications

  • 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”)
  • Babbling begins to sound like the intonation used in real language
  • Squeals, giggles, and laughs to draw attention

Social

  • Begins to distinguish emotions from your tone of voice and expressions
  • Uses voice and facial expressions to convey emotions
  • Watches faces closely; makes and maintains eye contact
  • Copies facial expressions and movements
  • Expresses emotions more distinctly
  • Is soothed by your presence and voice when upset
  • Personality becoming more apparent