6 Months

What Most Babies Do by This Age


  • Acts differently towards strangers than with you
  • Holds out arms to be picked up
  • Responds to and often imitates a parent’s emotions
  • Likes to look at self in a mirror

Problem Solving

  • Looks around at things nearby
  • Brings things to mouth
  • Reaches out for objects in front of her
  • Begins to pass things from one hand to the other

Language and Communication

  • Responds to sounds by making sounds like “da”, “ga” , “ba”
  • Responds to own name
  • Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure


  • Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front)
  • Begins to sit without support
  • When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce

What Families Can Do

  • Be predictable and consistent when you interact with your baby.
  • Cuddle, talk, sing, and play with your baby while feeding, dressing and bathing.
  • Read to your baby. Look and talk about pictures.
  • Establish routines for sleeping and feeding.
  • Smile when your baby smiles and copy sounds.
  • Learn your baby’s moods – keep doing what makes your baby happy; calm your baby when he/she is upset.
  • Play on the floor with your baby every day. Put your baby on his/her tummy or back and put toys just out of reach to encourage rolling and reaching.
  • Help your baby to sit or support with pillows; let your baby look around or give toys to look at while balancing.
  • Imitate your baby’s sounds and say words with those sounds (if she says “bah,” say bottle and book).
  • Look at and read books with your baby.
  • When your baby looks at something, point to it and talk about it.
  • Pick up a toy when your baby drops it on the floor and give it back to help teach cause-and-effect.

Developmental Milestones