View the CDC Typical Milestones for this age group

What most babies do at 6 months

Social and Emotional

Knows familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a stranger

Likes to play with others, especially parents

Responds to other people's emotions and often seems happy

Likes to look at self in a mirror


Responds to sounds by making sounds

Strings vowels together when babbling ("ah,” “eh,” “oh”) and likes taking turns

Responds to own name

Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure

Begins to say consonant sounds (jabbering with "m,” “b")

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

Looks around at things nearby

Brings things to mouth

Shows curiosity about things and tries to get things that are out of reach

Begins to pass things from one hand to the other

Movement/Physical Development

Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front)

Begins to sit without support

When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce

Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward

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