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Your amazing baby at 6 months: happy, playful and curious

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By the end of six months, your baby will reach these important developmental milestones:

  • Begins to know if someone is a stranger
  • Likes to play with others, especially parents
  • Often seems happy
  • Responds to other people's emotions
  • Likes to look at reflection in mirror
  • Responds to sounds with own sounds
  • Strings some vowel sounds together and begins making consonant sounds
  • Responds to own name
  • Looks around at things 
  • Shows curiosity
  • Passes items from hand to hand
  • Rolls over in both directions
  • Begins to sit without support
  • Might bounce when standing
  • Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward first 

Call your doctor if your baby:

  • Doesn't show affection for caregivers
  • Doesn't reach for things
  • Doesn't respond to sounds
  • Doesn't laugh or squeal
  • Seems very stiff with tight muscles or seems overly floppy, like a rag doll

If you don't have a doctor or would like a free developmental screening, call HomeSafe at 561-383-9800 or 2-1-1 and ask for Help Me Grow.

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (6 month milestones)


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