6 Months

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Your child’s brain develops rapidly during this time period! Expect your baby to recognize familiar faces, respond to their own name, show curiosity, and sit without extra support. Remember to talk to your baby, which increases their vocabulary. Should you need additional assistance, EaryLearn Child Care is available for up to 10 hours per day in safe, clean, loving settings. Scroll down to find out more!

Events

Storytime with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Children hear stories, play and make friends, for children with and without disabilities.

Storytime with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Children hear stories, play and make friends, for children with and without disabilities.

Storytime with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Children hear stories, play and make friends, for children with and without disabilities.

Programs

Child care for babies & toddlers

EarlyLearn NYC Child Care

NYC Administration for Children's Services

Free or low-cost child care for children.

Milestones

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development.

What most 6 month olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Know familiar faces/can identify strangers
    • Like to play with others, especially parents
    • Respond to other people’s emotions
    • Like to look at self in mirror
  • Communication

    • Respond to sounds by making sounds
    • String vowels together when babbling
    • Respond to own name
    • Make sounds to show joy and displeasure
    • Begin to say consonant sounds (jabbering with ‘m,’ ‘b’)
  • Learning

    • Look around at things nearby
    • Bring things to mouth
    • Show curiosity about things and try to get things out of reach
    • Begin to pass things from one hand to another
  • Physical Development

    • Roll over in both directions
    • Sit without support
    • When standing, support weight on legs
    • Rock back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward
  • Health

    • Begin to start desiring and eating solid foods with breast milk
    • Eat cereal, single-ingredient pureed vegetables, fruit, and meat
    • Sleep about 14 hours per day (3-4 hours in daytime)
    • Are on schedule with immunizations

Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:

    • Doesn’t try to get things that are in reach
    • Shows no affection for caregivers
    • Doesn’t respond to sounds around them
    • 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