If mom is reading this and she just gave birth to the most beautiful little boy or girl in the world, congratulations! Babies are a miracle and it is so amazing to watch them grow and learn.
When babies are born, everything is brand new. It’s exciting to see the incredible life you made meeting milestones such as sitting up, crawling, standing and even recognizing their own name. There are certain milestones that babies should be hitting by the time they are 6 months old. Parents should know what they are and they should also be paying attention to how their child is developing. Knowing this can help a parent determine if their baby is where they need to be.
The information mom will be reading today regarding the milestones your baby should reach by 6 months is based on an average. If your little one is not reaching these milestones right on time, try not to fret because every baby is born unique and different and may reach these milestones in their own time. If mom is curious to see which milestones her baby should be hitting, please continue reading below. She may even want to print out this article so that she can use it as a checklist to see which milestones her child has reached and when.
20 Knows Familiar Faces From Strangers
As your baby grows and starts to see certain people regularly, by the time she is 6 months old she should be able to recognize the people that she sees on a daily basis. It’s just like with adults. When we see people over and over again their faces start to become ingrained in our memory. At the same time, babies, as well as adults, are able to figure out when a person is a stranger.
At this time, your baby may prefer not to be picked up or held by people they don’t know very well. Facial recognition may be more challenging for some babies compared to others. At times babies may also be more willing to be held by people who have some of the similar facial features as their parents or caregivers.
19 Likes To Play With Others, Especially Their Parents
By the time your little one is 6 months old, you may notice that she is much more playful and that she loves to play with others, especially mom or dad. Babies around this age respond well to interactive games like peek-a-boo, itsy bitsy spider, and patty cake.
They will also love to play with their toys when they have help from a parent or sibling.
Blowing bubbles is also another great way to interact and play with your child and it has also been known to help soothe then when they are upset. Babies of the age are also more likely to be playful when they are familiar with the person as well.
18 Responds To People’s Emotions
Around the half-year mark, babies will also become aware of other people's emotions. When mom is upset, there is a good chance that the baby may become upset too. They sometimes tend to play off of others emotions. According to Parents.com, babies are often sensitive to emotions from a young age and they will be able to “recognize a happy expression and a sad one.” Not only do they recognize others emotions, but then also tend to care about them as well.
Putting on a happy face for your little may be enough to bring them out of an unpleasant mood since more often than not they are able to tell when you are faking your emotions.
So, faking it to make it is just not enough. You really have to believe that you're happy in order for your child to believe that you happy.
17 Likes To Look At Self In The Mirror
Some people are very superstitious and don’t believe in allowing a child under the age of one to look in a mirror. However, by the time your baby is 6 months old, she will begin to love looking at her own reflection in the mirror. Sometimes placing a baby in front of a mirror can actually calm down a little one when the waterworks have been turned on.
According to Pathways.org, looking in a mirror can help a baby learn to recognize their own reflection. It’s a great way to help them learn and explore. Looking in the mirror with your baby can also be a great way to bond with her! You can make silly faces and see if your baby tries to mimic your reflection.
16 Responds To Sounds By Making Sounds
Around the time your baby hits 6 months old, she should be responding to sounds by making sounds. When you talk to your baby, she may try to reply back to you by babbling and gurgling.
You may not be able to understand what she is saying just yet, but she is saying something. You can encourage your child’s babbling by continuously talking to her.
According to Webmd.com, “Children who have parents who talk to them often tend to form stronger language and conversational skills than those who don’t.” So, take a time out and talk to your little one to help her develop.
15 Strings Vowels Together While Babbling
By the time your little one is around 6 months old, she has most likely been babbling for some time now. However, she may have also started stringing vowels together when she babbles making, “ah,” “eh,” and “oh” sounds. It is such an amazing thing when a child is growing and learning.
Soon enough all of those vowel sounds will be added with consonants and in no time your baby will utter her first real word.
You can help your baby by making the same sounds as she makes. You can also try new ones to see if your baby will attempt to mimic the sounds that you are making.
14 Responds To Own Name
Every single person in this world has a name, and by 6 months old your little one should start responding to theirs. While we me have all these adorable nicknames for our children, it is a good idea to start referring to your child by their name as well so that they can begin to learn it.
The more they hear their name directed toward them, the more they may start to respond to it by looking at you or by babbling. You can add it in when saying things like, “Are you my big girl, Sarah?” or “I love you, Anthony.” Try not to over think it and let saying your baby’s name come out naturally.
13 Makes Sounds To Show Happiness And Distaste
Another way your baby will learn to communicate how she is feeling is by making different sounds to show when she is happy or when she doesn’t like something. You can easily learn what your baby likes and dislikes thanks to the sounds that she makes.
You don’t even have to wait for the baby food to fly across the room to tell when something is of distaste to your child, as long as you pay attention to all the little gurgles and sounds. If you are curious to see the face and sounds your little one makes when they are trying new things, you can give your 6-month-old a sip of tart lemonade.
12 Begins To Say Consonant Sounds
By the time your little one is 6-months old, just like with stringing vowels together, she should have also started making consonant sounds such as “mmm” or “bah.” This is all a great part of your child’s development and will be the first steps in learning how to turn their babbling into real words. Reading and talking to your baby regularly will further help her developing language skills.
According to Webmd.com, when your baby is starting to say their consonants – or vowels – boost that by finishing a word with the sounds that she is making. As an example, if your child is making “bah” sounds, you can finish by saying bottle.
11 Looks Around At Things Nearby
By the time your baby is 6 months of age, she should be actively looking around at things nearby. When a baby is born, they are experiencing and seeing everything for the first time. Babies get to experience the world through fresh eyes. It’s simply astonishing.
If your little one is not looking around at things near her, especially by this age, you may want to make their pediatrician aware of this.
According to Aoa.org, babies learn to see over a period of time. The earlier vision issues are caught, the better you will be able to help your baby “develop the visual abilities they need to grow and learn.”
10 Brings Things To Mouth
From the time your child is born until she is 6 months old, she should have already started bringing her hands to her mouth. This is within months one to three. Your baby should also be able to transfer small objects from hand to hand and bring it to her mouth.
Babies are unaware of what is and what isn’t safe to put in their mouth, so it is imperative that parents be careful of what they leave lying around.
If you notice that your little one is not doing any of this, it is best to contact their pediatrician. Babies all develop at different rates, so try not to worry yourself.
9 Shows Curiosity About Things (And Tries To Grab Items Out Of Reach)
As your baby grows older, by the time he is half a year old, he should be showing curiosity and an interest in things that are out of his reach. As his vision gets better and he is able to focus on stuff in the distance, he may try grabbing for things that are out of his reach as well.
He may lift his arms up and make sounds as he's trying to grab for things. This is a very good sign that he is developing at, at least an average rate.
From here on out, he will always want to get his hands on things that he probably shouldn’t have!
8 Begins To Pass Things From One Hand To The Other
This one goes hand in hand with your child bringing things to her mouth. As we touched on a bit earlier, your baby should be able to pass items back and forth from hand to hand by the time she is 6 months of age.
At first, it will most likely be small items like may her pacifier. But as she grows and gets stronger, she will start passing her toys or other items back and forth.
Most parents are only concerned about the major milestones like sitting up on their own, crawling, or walking but try not to discount the small milestones that will ultimately help with your child’s development.
7 Rolls Over In Both Directions
By the time your baby is 6 months old, she should be able to roll over in both directions. According to Babycenter.com, this can happen as early as 4 months old. Every baby is born different and can develop at different rates. If your little one is not rolling over by this time, try not to get discouraged.
Rolling over is a major milestone for a little one. It can be exciting to watch as your little one starts rolling over. Around this time is when diaper changing may start to become a little more challenging since your baby will be wiggling all over the place.
6 Begins To Sit Up Without Support
From the day your little one is born, he is developing his muscles. By the time he is a 6-month-old, he should be able to start sitting up without support. All the muscles that he used learning how to push himself up and roll over have been helping prepare him for this moment.
If your baby is not sitting up on his own just yet, don’t worry too much because some babies don’t accomplish this until they are 8 months on average. Your child could take a little longer than that. But once he is strong enough, you will no longer need to assist him in sitting up.
5 When Standing, Supports Themselves On Both Legs
Before your baby starts walking, she will learn how to stand – with your help, of course– and put weight on her itty bitty legs. She may even start to bounce on her legs. This is a milestone that can happen around 6 months of age. With your help, she is building and developing her leg muscles. For a majority of babies, it is still a while away before she starts walking. But standing is the first step toward walking.
Babies usually don’t start pulling themselves up until they are anywhere from 8 to 12months old. So, if your little one isn’t standing with your support just yet, that doesn’t always mean that she is going to be delayed. In time, she will be doing this on her own!
4 Rocks Back And Forth
Around 6 months old, babies can start the major milestone of crawling. Or at least pulling themselves up into the crawling position. Your baby may start rocking back and forth, or even sometimes crawling backward before she goes forward. With her muscles still developing and getting stronger every day, she will be zooming around the house on her hands and knees in no time!
If your child is not doing this, that’s okay. Some babies don’t even begin to fully crawl until they are about 10 months old. Once your little one starts crawling, you can expect her to try going after everything that is within her reach. But all this can start with her rocking back and forth.
3 Should Double Their Birth Size
A milestone that often gets overlooked is how big a baby is supposed to get regarding how many pounds and ounces they are. By the time your little one if 6 months old, she should have almost doubled how many pounds she was at birth.
It is always a good idea to keep track of this so that you are aware if your child is getting enough to eat. Of course, your child’s pediatrician will also keep track of this but you see your baby more than their doctor does.
If your baby has hardly increased in size, you should contact your baby’s pediatrician to make sure that nothing else is going on.
2 Sleeps About 6 to 8 Hours At A Shot
This is a milestone that can sometimes make parents the happiest! Note that I said “happiest” and not the “proudest.” Your child should start sleeping anywhere from 6 to 8 hours in one straight, stretch at night. This means that mommy or daddy also gets to sleep for that amount of time as well, or at least give them the opportunity to get caught up on housework or maybe even a social life.
Now, keep in mind that 6 to 8 hours is on average and your child may differ a bit. It helps to start keeping your baby on a regular sleep and wake cycle from here on out. Some parents even start their child’s sleep schedule well before this milestone.
1 Starts Eating Solid Foods
Your baby has been trying to grab food off of your plate for some time now. By 6 months old, it marks the milestone where it is okay, and even recommended, to start giving your child solid foods, according to Mayoclinic.org. You can give solid foods to help compliment breastmilk or formula.
There are ways to tell if your baby is ready to start solid foods, according to Mayoclinic.org. If your child can hold her head up steady and in an upright position, if she can sit up with your support, if she is mouthing her hands and her toys, and is interested in what you are eating, then those are all signs she is ready to start solids. Plus, you may also want to speak with your baby’s pediatrician to see what they suggest.