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.


The Early Childhood Family Toolkit

The Early Childhood Family Toolkit is a growing collection of our favorite resources for families with young kids. Discover learn-at-home tips and activities, health support, and more—all chosen by the NYC Department of Education.


Explore our favorite family resources

Brain Building

Learn through life's everyday moments

When feeding your baby, talk about what they're doing and why you think they're doing it. "You're drinking your milk because you're so hungry!" Talk about what will happen next. "After your tummy is full of milk, you'll be sleepy and it will be time for your nap."

See what your child is learning

Talking with your baby and labeling their sounds and actions helps them connect words to feelings, and builds vocabulary. When you talk about your baby's daily routine, you help them feel safe throughout the day's changes.


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


Get the support your family needs to thrive

The Early Intervention Program (EIP)

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Early help for infants & toddlers

Support for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays.

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

NYS Department of Health

Healthy food for families

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


NYC Department of Education

Child care for infants & toddlers

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

Virtual Events

See what your family can do for free in NYC

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

American Sign Language Storytime With Rhys

Storyteller, Rhys, will share stories, songs, and activities in ASL, with English captions included so those who are learning or curious can follow along.