Your baby’s brain grows quickly during this time period! Spending time and talking with your baby can help them learn. See this learning in action as they begin to recognize familiar faces, respond to their own name, show curiosity, and sit without support.
Scroll down to learn more about your baby’s development, get support for your family, and find free activities to go to together.
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Learn through life's everyday moments
See what your child is learningWhen you have a back and forth conversation with your child, even before they can talk, they're listening to you and learning new words. They're also learning to communicate with another person and how much fun it can be.
How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about their development.
What most 6 month olds do at this age:
- Respond to sounds by making sounds
- Make sounds to show joy and dislike
- String vowels together, such as "ah," "eh," and "oh," called babbling
- Begin to say consonant sounds, such as "m" and "b"
- Respond to their own name
- Look around at things nearby
- Bring things to mouth
- Show curiosity and try to get objects out of reach
- Begin to pass things from one hand to another
- Roll over in both directions, front to back and back to front
- Begin to sit without support
- Support weight on their legs when standing
- Rock back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward
- Begin to want and eat solid food with breast milk
- Eat cereal, single-ingredient pureed vegetables, fruit, and meat
- Sleep about 14 hours per day, including 3–4 hours in the daytime
- Stay on schedule with shots
Act early by talking to a doctor, teacher, or social worker if your child:
- Doesn't try to grab things that are in reach
- Shows no affection for caregivers
- Doesn't respond to sounds around them
- Has trouble getting things to mouth
- Doesn't make vowel sounds, such as "ah," "eh,"and "oh"
- Doesn't roll over in either direction
- Doesn't laugh or make squealing sounds
- Seems very stiff, with tight muscles, or floppy like a rag doll
Get the support your family needs to thrive
The Early Intervention Program (EIP)
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
Help for infants and toddlers with disabilities
Early Intervention is a voluntary program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays with support for families.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
NYS Department of Health (NYS DOH)
Healthy food for families
Free healthy food, counseling about healthy eating, breastfeeding support, and referrals for women, infants, and children under five.
Infants and Toddlers
NYC Department of Education (DOE)
Free or low-cost child care for children six weeks to two years old
Early child care and education services for up to 10 hours a day.