6 Months

Discover tips, tools, and support for this age

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.

Brain Building

Learn through life's everyday moments

Instead of talking as usual, try singing in a different voice. For example, it's very funny to sing about getting dressed. Sing, "I'm sliding on my shirt, jumping in my pants" in a low voice. You and your child can use familiar tunes and make up your own words.

See what your child is learning

When you're having fun, it's likely your child will be having fun too. When you put new words into tunes and describe what you're doing, you're helping them make new and unusual connections. These types of connections build creativity.

Milestones

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

What most 6 month olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Know familiar faces and begin to tell who's a stranger
    • Like to play with others, especially parents
    • Respond to other people's emotions
    • Like to look at self in the mirror
  • Communication

    • 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
  • Learning

    • 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
  • Physical Development

    • 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
  • Health

    • 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:

  • Act Early

    • 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

Programs

Get the support your family needs to thrive

Early help for infants & toddlers

The Early Intervention Program (EIP)

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Support for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays.

Healthy food for families

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

NYS Department of Health

Free healthy food, counseling about healthy eating, breastfeeding support, and referrals for women, infants, and children under five.

Child care for babies & toddlers

EarlyLearn NYC Child Care

NYC Department of Education

Early child care and education services for up to 10 hours a day