Your baby at six months old.
At 6 months old, they’re half way through their first year and baby development at 6 months typically have few things in common.
This is an exciting time for your baby. They imagination is starting to come alive. They are also better at remembering things, like favourite people, toys and books.
Your baby’s emotions keep developing. Baby will let you know when they are happy and sad and can also tell how you’re feeling by your tone of voice and the look on your face.
Your baby might show signs of strong attachment to family members or carers, and even prefer some toys and books to others. At the same time, you might see signs of separation anxiety or stranger anxiety. It might help you to know that separation anxiety and stranger anxiety are a normal part of a child’s development.
You might hear a lot of babbling from your baby. They might respond to their own name and stop when they hear you say ‘no’. They might also communicate with you using gestures – for example, they might put their arms up when they want you to lift them up.
You might have started feeding your baby solids. Your baby will let you know when they have had enough to eat – often by waving their hand or turning their head away. When you’re feeding them, you might see the first signs of teeth.
Around this age your baby can roll both ways and might start to move around the house by commando crawling. They might even crawl using their hands and knees. If you hold them, they might be able to stand and bounce up and down.
Your baby is learning all the time, often by putting things in their mouth or looking closely at what’s in their hand. He’ll bang and shake toys and try to grab blocks. When they can’t reach objects they want, they will look to you for help.
At this age your baby might also:
sit up without help, sometimes using their arms for balance
pick up smaller objects and use their fingers to drag things towards themselves
pat their own image in the mirror
look for (and find!) partly hidden objects
listen to music.
Helping your Baby’s development at 6 months.
1). Babies of this age absolutely love animal noises and they are beginning to understand that different creatures make different sounds. Show him pictures of animals in a book and make all the noises, one by one. He will love it (as will the neighbours)
2). Your baby needs plenty of stimulation but don’t think you have to be madly waving toys and making realistic animal noises all day long. They also need quieter periods – a few minutes at a time – when they can play on their own with no prompts. It’s great practice for later if they can learn now to amuse themselves a bit
3). Your baby may also like repeating one syllable, such as “ba”, “ma”, “ga”, or other consonant-vowel combinations, over and over. He may even add another syllable or two, making their sounds more complex
Stacking blocks and cups are going to have a bit of a moment now. Developing hand-to-eye coordination is one of the biggest challenges for your baby, and these are a great way to learn
4). Touch and feel. Collect some items of different textures – a silky scarf, a square of fine sandpaper, a velvety toy and a hard wooden block – and encourage them to feel each one in turn.
Please note all children are all different on developmental milestones: it’s really true – all babies are different and although we can encourage them, they will do things at their own pace and in their own time.