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

When changing your child's diaper, describe the steps you're taking: "First you lay down. Then we take off your pants. Now I unfasten your diaper" Pause after each so they can lift their bottom or move their legs to help.

See what your child is learning

Your step-by-step description invites your child to focus on the details of diaper changing. Your pause helps them to practice waiting and self-control. These are important thinking skills they will use to learn in school and life.

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

Events

See what your family can do for free in NYC

HarperKids from Home

12:00 PM
The team at HarperKids will hold a storytime with read-alouds and activities for pure entertainment every day at noon.

HarperKids from Home

12:00 PM
The team at HarperKids will hold a storytime with read-alouds and activities for pure entertainment every day at noon.

HarperKids from Home

12:00 PM
The team at HarperKids will hold a storytime with read-alouds and activities for pure entertainment every day at noon.