The first year of your baby’s life is filled with development. Your little one is going to make some serious progress in his or her first 12 months of life. While it’s never a good idea to expect your little one to master any skill by any certain age, it is important to ensure your little one is reaching milestones in a general time frame. By the time your baby reaches six months, he or she should have reached several milestones. Read on to find out which ones.
Responds to Sound
One of the most important milestones to look for at six months is that your baby can respond to sound. This might mean “taking turns” when “talking” to you. For example, when you talk to your baby, he or she should be able to wait for you to finish before responding to you by making other sounds. It’s a good indicator that your child’s hearing and development are on track.
By six months, your child should be rolling over back and forth easily and without assistance. While not all babies will roll over at the same time, by six months it’s a skill your little one should have mastered. If your child isn’t rolling over, you should speak to your doctor.
Sitting Without Support
This is a tricky one. Not all babies can sit without support at six months age. However, your baby should be making the effort to do so. A baby that isn’t even attempting to sit without support might need to be evaluated by the pediatrician.
Brings Objects to Mouth
Your child should, at this point, begin bringing things to his or her mouth for an instant “snack.” Children this age learn well this way. You can make sure your little one is on target by providing him or her with toys that aren’t small enough to be swallowed so that he can bring them to his mouth and enjoy them.
At six months, babies know who is familiar and who is not. It’s at this time your baby should be able to recognize whether or not someone is a stranger. For example, your child might be excited and happy when someone familiar speaks to him. On the other hand, however, he might be nervous or upset with someone who is unfamiliar to him.
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