After six months old, your baby has a whole new developmental milestone to reach for. Read on to find out what they are.
After six months, your baby’s cognitive, motor, emotional and communication skills are progressing rapidly. He is acquiring new language skills, developing his physical strength and coordination. Read more about his developmental milestones after six months.
What your baby can do after 6 months
After six months, you will notice that your baby starts trying to communicate with you. Brain development will continue and your baby will spend more time babbling and learning the art of imitating sounds1,2.
These speechlike sounds are the same for all babies, no matter what language you speak in your home. It is a progression of muscle control and ability to master sound control. Providing him with plenty of stimulation along with proper nutrition to continue doing what he does, is an important part of 360° Development.
What is 360° Development and how is it achieved?
360° Development refers to your child’s growth that is demonstrated in four key developmental areas: Cognitive, Motor, Emotional and Communication.
Appropriate nutrition, environmental influence and sensory stimulation play an important role in your child’s developing brain and overall development.
Your Baby’s Development After 6 Months
Cognitive & Communication: He can babble strings of vowels and consonants to imitate adult speech1
Motor: He can mimic parts of some simple behaviors, like raising his arm when you make the Itsy Bitsy Spider climbing movements3
Motor: When placed in a seated position, he is learning to sit on his own 1
Emotional: He is showing early signs of stranger anxiety4
Ba-ba-ba: The sound of self expression5
This marks a milestone in your baby’s development, as he shows real signs of trying to communicate his desires. He may be subtle in his efforts, or not at all. He might tap your hand, or stare at you. He will also let loose with strings of vowel and consonant sounds, to imitate what he hears you saying. In any event, he’s definitely trying to get your attention. And even if you don’t understand him, try and be patient. This phase of infant communication can be frustrating for your little one.
Another of your baby’s self-expression techniques is called social imitation3. In other words, he wants to be just like you. Try this little game. Open your mouth, and watch him follow your lead. Bang a toy, or splash the bath water and see if he repeats the action. Be sure to follow up with lots of positive reinforcement.
Learning to sit
Thanks to his increased strength, your baby may try to roll over in both directions and sit with support by putting his hands on the floor, for a period of time1,6. He may also try reaching for his toys while sitting, and may tumble or roll as he does so. Getting back into a sitting position on his own is the first step in becoming mobile7. Build on your baby’s more developed physical control by sitting him up, unsupported. Surround him with pillows for support and safety and watch carefully in case he falls.
What other social and emotional changes are taking place in your baby’s development after the age of six months? How can you support it? Click on the next page to find out.