Development and Characteristics of a Six Month Old Baby

Parenting September 27, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 6 Month Old Baby



How I Grow

  • I turn and twist in all directions.
  • I roll from my back to my stomach.
  • I sometimes can sit up without the support of my arms.
  • I creep backward and forward with my stomach on the floor.
  • I hold onto an object with one hand and then put it in the other hand.
  • I hold one building block, reach for a second one, and look for a third one right away.
  • I grab for an object when it drops.

How I Understand

  • I know that I have to use my hands to pick up something.
  • I look at and study things for a long time.
  • I turn objects upside down just to get another view of them.
  • I turn when I hear my name.

How I Talk

  • I still babble a lot, but I have more control of sounds.
  • I’m beginning to understand some words by the tone of voice you use.

How I Feel

  • I haven’t learned how to control my feelings yet.
  • I complain and howl when I don’t get my way.
  • I giggle, coo, and squeal with joy when I’m happy.
  • I have very strong likes and dislikes about food.

How I Respond

  • I pick up things, shake them, and then listen to the sound they make when I drop them.
  • I play games with people I know.
  • I get upset when I’m around grown-up strangers, but I’m friendly to children I don’t know.
  • I coo, hum, or stop crying sometimes when I hear music.
  • I keep very busy doing something all the time.

Learn more about Your 6 Month Old Baby from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.

Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.