Your Baby at 6 Months

Thinking Skills

  • Follows your direction of pointing. May point at new things.
  • Babbles and "talks" to toys and to himself in mirror. Intently listens to his own voice.
  • Understands your speech by the tone of your voice.
  • Recognizes names, basic words, familiar household sounds.
  • Enjoys manipulating other people's faces by poking, pulling and studying them to understand his separateness from them.

Emotional Development

  • Very sociable -- smiles, laughs hilariously and enjoys being with people. May be more selective about with whom she socializes.
  • When she can't do something, may become frustrated, whine or explode in rage.
  • Smiles at herself in the mirror (but does not recognize it is her reflection until she is more than one year old).
  • Is very curious to explore the world around her.
  • Plays by herself longer because she can sit better now.
  • Appears to make decisions when choosing to play with toys.

To learn more about your baby's growth and development, read the following:

- Your Baby at Five Months
- Your Baby at Seven Months

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