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Developmental Guideline: What Most Babies Do at 6 Months

Milestones for 6 Month Old Babies 

Social and Emotional

  • 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 mirror 

Language / Communication

  •  Responds to sounds by making sounds
  •  String vowels together when babbling ("ah", "eh" , "oh") and likes  taking turns with parent while making sounds.
  •  Responds to own name
  •  Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure
  •  Begins to say consonant sounds (jabbering with "m", "b")

Cognitive (Learning, Thinking, Problem-Solving)

  • 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

Movement/Physical Development

  • Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front) 
  • Begins to sit without proper support
  • When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce
  • Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward 

Red Flags For 6 Month Old Babies

  • Doesn't try to get things that are in reach 
  • Shows no affection for caregivers
  • Doesn't respond to sounds around him
  • Has difficulty getting things to mouth
  • Doesn't make vowel sounds ("ah". "eh" "oh")
  • Doesn't roll over in either direction
  • Doesn't laugh or make squealing sounds
  • Seems very stiff, with tight muscles
  • Seems very floppy, like a rag doll