6 Months

What Most Babies Do by This Age


  • Knows familiar people
  • Likes to look at self in a mirror
  • Laughs

Problem Solving

  • Reaches to grab a toy he wants
  • Puts things in her mouth to explore them
  • Closes lips to show she doesn’t want more food

Language and Communication

  • Takes turns making sounds with you
  • Blows “raspberries” (sticks out tongue and blows)
  • Makes squealing noises


  • Rolls over from tummy to back
  • Pushes up with straight arms while on tummy
  • Leans on hands to support himself while sitting

Tips and Activities: What You Can Do for Your 6 month old

As your baby’s first teacher, you can help his or her learning and brain development. Try these simple tips and activities in a safe way. Talk with your baby’s doctor and teachers if you have questions or for more ideas on how to help your baby’s development.

  • Use “back and forth” play with your baby. When your baby smiles, you smile; when he makes sounds, you copy them. This helps him learn to be social.
  • “Read” to your baby every day by looking at colorful pictures in magazines or books and talk about them. Respond to her when she babbles and “reads” too. For example, if she makes sounds, say “Yes, that’s the doggy!”
  • Point out new things to your baby and name them. For example, when on a walk, point out cars, trees, and animals.

Developmental Milestones