Baby Development: Your 6 month old

Your 6 month old baby

By 24 weeks old your baby will probably be able to…

 

  

Physical 
Development

 

Show an interest in everything

Want to explore

Put everything in her mouth

Moves her head to follow people or objects 

Demonstrate good head control and be able to sit without support

Play with his feet

Co-ordinate her limbs

 

 

Sensory 
Development

 

Will follow someone else’s activity from across the room

Move to see something better

 

 

Cognitive
Development

 

Reach for things due to developed depth perception  

Aware that she has one mother

 Co-ordinate objects

 

 

Language and
Communication

 

 Respond with eye contact when you talk to her, turning away
when they need something else

Make vowel sounds

Laugh with pleasure

She can recognise her name

Learn links between words and actions

 

Emotional and
Social Development

 

Show trust

Show distress if you leave the room

Feel isolated

Be wary of strangers

Be aware of feelings – crying when they hear other babies cry

Shows impatience and boredom

 

 

Developmental leaps

Each leap brings changes in behaviour, awareness, mood and sleep and your baby may seem unsettled and clingy

 

14-20 weeks – becoming more active, noisy and responsive, with a need to explore

22-27 weeks – more exploration of her world, aware of distance and
can feel separated from you and isolated

Research:

Margot Sunderland

Carolyn Meggitt

Sue Gerhardt

Vanderijt & Plooij

By Janine Rudin, Birth & Baby

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I am an antenatal teacher, doula, baby massage instructor, postnatal educator, life coach, writer, mum, wife, friend and, sometimes, just me. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and early parenting - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, a different perspective and links to the best products and services for families. I set up the Birth, Baby & Family Centre in 2014 to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive space for parents across Tyneside.

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