Your Baby at 6 Months

Here are growth and development patterns of a child at six months. Each step listed represents an average of a time span of 6 to sometimes 12 weeks that is considered within the normal range for that behavior. Don't be concerned if your child is not doing something listed here. Each baby develops at his own pace.

Body Movement

  • Lifts chest and most of tummy off floor by pushing up on extended arms.
  • Rolls from back to tummy easily.
  • Rocks and kicks a lot. Rolls around in delight.
  • Sits erect briefly, using hands on floor for balance and support.
  • Bounces when held erect. Likes seeing the world when standing.

Eye-Hand Coordination

  • Uses one-handed purposeful grasp to shake, bang, put object in mouth, then finally drop it. Enjoys dropping objects repeatedly to learn the noises they make.
  • Uses whole hand to rake in and pick up small object.
  • Regularly reaches for objects out of her reach.
  • Grabs and sucks on her own and your body parts to differentiate herself from you as two separate individuals.
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