Baby Development: Your 6 month old

Your 6 month old baby

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





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





Will follow someone else’s activity from across the room

Move to see something better





Reach for things due to developed depth perception  

Aware that she has one mother

 Co-ordinate objects



Language and


 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


Margot Sunderland

Carolyn Meggitt

Sue Gerhardt

Vanderijt & Plooij

By Janine Rudin, Birth & Baby

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As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and parent support - 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, different voices and links to the best products and services for families.

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