By six months, your baby’s personality is in full bloom. Every sound your baby hears and makes at this stage is laying the groundwork for speech and language development. Make sure you keep talking! 

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What's happening at 6 months:

Your baby can play games with you, so mix language into your exchanges. Take turns making sounds, talking, or singing, and play games that encourage your baby to repeat sounds. For example, you could say “The sheep says ‘baa’” and then ask your baby, “What does the sheep say?” Your baby is also becoming more aware of you as a separate person, and may begin to fear separation. A good way to help calm your baby’s fear of being alone is by playing games like "peek-a-boo." 

Look for these expected behaviors at 6 months: 

  • Knows familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a stranger
  • Likes to play with others, especially parents
  • Responds to other people's emotions and often seems happy
  • Likes to look at self in a mirror
  • Responds to sounds by making sounds
  • Strings vowels together when babbling (ah, eh, oh)
  • Responds to own name
  • Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure
  • Begins to say consonant sounds (jabbering with m, b)
  • Looks around at things nearby
  • Brings things to mouth
  • Shows curiosity about things and tries to get at those out of reach
  • Begins to pass things from one hand to the other
  • Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front)
  • Begins to sit without support
  • When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce
  • Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before forward

Talk to your doctor if you notice your child:

  • Doesn't try to get things that are in reach
  • Shows no affection for caregivers
  • Doesn't respond to sounds around him
  • Has difficulty getting things to mouth
  • Doesn't make vowel sounds (ah, eh, oh)
  • Doesn't roll over in either direction
  • Doesn't laugh or make squealing sounds
  • Seems very stiff, with tight muscles
  • Seems very floppy, like a rag doll

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