Six Month Baby Development Stages & Milestones | Help Me Grow MN

Minnesota Help Me Grow – When Parents Know, Children Grow Age: Six months. Your baby is growing fast and has changed so quickly from just six months ago! Cognitive Development This six-month-old baby is very
interested in people! He makes contact, smiles and coos. (Baby cooing.) She is interested in grabbing, holding and tasting everything she can
get her hands on. Mouthing things is the baby’s way of exploring. He’s not being naughty, he’s just being
very curious. Be sure everything your baby puts in his mouth is safe and made of non-toxic materials. Babies
love to hand objects to you and then have you hand them back. (Baby talk) “Peek-a-boo!” Playing peek-a-boo teaches your child that things that go away come back. Six-month-old babies enjoy
books with simple pictures. Playing with YOU is the best way for
your baby to learn. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV or video watching for
children under the age of two years. Social and Emotional Development By six months of age your baby has
developed a special relationship with those he knows. Your baby may become quiet or even
distressed when meeting someone he doesn’t know. It is the beginning of what is known as
stranger anxiety. She may suck on her fingers or thumb to comfort herself. Allow your baby to
play where he can see you. Six-month-old babies will begin to show
many emotions— joy, fear, interest and surprise. Language and Communication Development (Baby talk) “Can you talk to me?” Instead of just crying, a six-month-old
baby may make a loud noise and wave his hands to get attention. your baby may react strongly to the
emotions of others; laughing if the other person is laughing,
or showing sadness if someone is crying. Six-month-old babies communicate by
smiling, laughing, crying, yelling and moving their
bodies. Your baby will begin to use more
babbling sounds. She will use her voice to express joy
and displeasure. Especially when you talk to her, your
baby will make sounds back. When your baby is looking at something, point at it and explain what it is. You will have fun
together by copying your baby sounds and actions. if she waves, wave back and say “Hello!”
Talking to baby is one of the best ways to encourage him to use his listening
skills and learn what words mean. Large and
Small Muscle Development Once in the sitting position, a six-month-old baby can hold her head steady and her body is quite straight, though she’ll still need support to sit. Sitting gives a baby a whole new way to see the world. Cushions or pillows can be used to
support baby in sitting and will soften his fall when he topples
over. Never leave a baby alone when in supported sitting. See how this
six-month-old lifts her head, chest and tummy off the floor? She can
roll over from her back to her tummy and sometimes from tummy to her back. Six-month-olds like to bounce when held
in a standing position. Get down on your baby’s level and see
what kind of dangers might need to be taken care of or removed. Your baby could roll over and
be able to reach a cord. Small muscle or fine motor
skills allow us to do things like typing or using a key to open a door. It is
important to encourage a baby’s fine motor or small muscle development. Give baby toys she can explore with her
fingers. She will practice using both hands to
explore at the same time. He will work hard to reach toys by
stretching and grabbing. Six-month-old babies will enjoy holding
a small toy and shaking it about. It’ll be a few more
weeks before your baby can use his thumb and fingers to pick up small objects. Babies will not have a definite
hand preference at this time. This typically develops when your baby is
about two years old. Sometimes six-month-olds aren’t developing
typically or as expected. There are some signs that may indicate
your baby may not be developing as other children his age: If your baby seems to have very stiff
tight muscles, or your baby seems very floppy like a
rag doll, if he refuses to cuddle, if he shows no special reaction for those
who care for him, he doesn’t seem to enjoy being around
people, does not respond to sounds around him, has difficulty getting objects to his
mouth, does not try to reach for toys. If you
have concerns about your baby’s development contact your health-care provider or you
can call the Minnesota Department of Education Help Me Grow information and
referral line 1-866-693-GROW (4769)

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