Can you believe your baby is halfway through the first year? Six-month old babies find new adventures everywhere they turn. This is an incredible time in your baby’s life, since there are new things to explore every day.

Physical development

By six months, your baby is probably rolling over and may even be sitting on his own or with little support. Babies this age love to put things in their mouths and can reach out with one hand to grasp an object. They also enjoy putting weight on their legs when held upright. They might even be able to get up on their hands and knees and rock back and forth. Very soon they will be scooting and then crawling all over the place, so now is the time to make sure your house is babyproofed!

Emotional development

Your 6-month-old is beginning to express emotion, both good and bad! Babies at this age can express both joy and frustration. They love to be talked to and cuddled, both of which make them feel secure and loved. They smile, laugh, and love simple games like “peek a boo” and “this little piggy.” They often imitate a parent’s emotions, so if you are in a bad mood, don’t be surprised if your little one is too!

Cognitive development

Every day, your 6-month-old is learning new things, making connections, and figuring out how the world works. They will imitate your facial expressions and speech pattern, and babble as if they are having a conversation with you. Some babies will even recognize their own names in conversation. During this wonderful time in your baby’s development, you should read them books, play games with them, and talk to them often to encourage their little brains to develop.

Milestones can make you crazy

Just remember, this is just a broad overview of developmental milestones for a 6-month-old. Development varies so much from infant to infant that what is normal for one baby may not be normal for another. Trust your instincts, and if you are really concerned about your baby, be sure to bring it up to your pediatrician at the next visit.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019


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