Six months old? You know what that means: Your baby is halfway through their first year of life—and checking developmental milestones off the list right and left! By keeping track of what milestones your baby is working on achieving, you can support their development and consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns.

The baby milestones for your six-month-old cutie are getting more and more impressive. From sitting up and preparing to start crawling to using their cute little voice, it may feel like your baby is transforming before your eyes. We can't help you slow downtime, but we can help you enjoy this stage with these six-month-old baby activities.

Six-month-old baby milestones

With your baby's half-birthday behind them, some exciting milestones are ahead.

Here's what The CDC says about six-month-old baby milestones.

Senses:

  • Your baby should respond to sounds by making sounds of their own. It will still be mostly babble for now, but listen to your baby start to string together vowel sounds.
  • Your baby can recognize familiar faces—or if someone is a stranger to them. They might also enjoy looking at their own face in a baby-safe mirror.
  • Your baby can start tasting some new flavors! By six months, most babies are ready to begin solids.

Gross Motor:

  • At six-month-old, most babies can roll over in both directions.
  • Your baby should be able to sit with support and can sit unassisted for longer periods of time. They will advance from the tripod sitting position to hands-free sitting position.

Fine Motor:

  • With improved coordination skills, your baby should be able to pass items from hand to hand.
  • Your baby should be able (and interested!) in bringing items to their mouth. That's great as you begin to start solids, but make sure they don't have access to small objects that could be choking hazards.

How to support your six-month-old baby’s development this month

Up for a little homework assignment, mama? Here are some six months old baby activities to support your cutie's development.

  • Soothe your six-month-old baby with some scheduled calm time for reading stories, singing songs or cuddling.
  • Play with your six-month-old baby with some (fun!) "strength training sessions" by helping them begin to bear weight on their feet. Neptune's Ocean Discovery Jumper strengthens little legs while he grabs for toys around him.
  • Engage your six-month-old baby by using their name often and practice naming other objects to increase their vocabulary.

It’s science: How you talk to your baby affects their vocabulary development

"Baby talk" can get a bad rap—but it's actually shown by science to help with vocabulary development. "We now think parentese works because it's a social hook for the baby brain—its high pitch and slower tempo are socially engaging and invite the baby to respond," said Patricia Kuhl, a University of Washington neuroscientist. Even at this age, babies were able to recall words spoken using baby talk or parentese better than when those same words were spoken in a regular voice.


Six months old? You know what that means: Your baby is halfway through their first year of life—and checking developmental milestones off the list right and left! By keeping track of what milestones your baby is working on achieving, you can support their development and consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns.

The baby milestones for your six-month-old cutie are getting more and more impressive. From sitting up and preparing to start crawling to using their cute little voice, it may feel like your baby is transforming before your eyes. We can't help you slow down time, but we can help you enjoy this stage with these six-month-old baby activities.

Here's the real "secret" for helping your baby's development: Love! Whether it's the happy tone you use when speaking with them, the way you show them your full attention while playing together or those snuggles you share before bed, your baby will feel best prepared to learn when they have your support.

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