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What should a baby be able to do at 6 months?

Many young mummies constantly feel that something is wrong with their baby - he eats badly, then suspiciously sleeps a lot or strangely hiccups after eating. Such concern about the health of their blood is quite understandable, it is characteristic of every mother. Especially, for any reason, mothers of the firstborn, who have not yet had any parental experience, worry about it. Pediatricians often have to listen to complaints of this kind from “beginner moms”: “I’m six months old, and he’s still just sitting with a pillow, but my friend’s daughter is already on all fours!” In order not to worry in vain, each young mother of a six-month-old baby should first of all find out the opinion of doctors about what a baby should be able to do at 6 months.

Abilities and skills of the child in the sixth month


  1. By half a year, the infant's motor activity increases markedly. At this age, he is already able to lie on his stomach for some time without leaning on his forearms. If the crumbs show a bright rattle, he will lift the chest and reach for the toy with both hands.
  2. The six-month-old toddler no longer needs to be laid on the tummy - now he himself is perfectly able to do this. A baby can turn over very quickly from back to side (even on the right, even on the left), and then lie down on the stomach. And when he gets tired of lying on his stomach, he can also quickly roll back on his back.
  3. The next skill that the baby learns at this age is crawling. A six-month-old child crawls with great pleasure, and he can move both forward and backward with equal success (like a small cancer).
  4. At this age, some babies can sit for a short time without any support, and with a small support (cushion or sofa roller), all six-month-old children can sit for a rather long time.
  5. The movements of the baby's hands are becoming more and more coordinated - now he can confidently take toys with two hands, shift them from one hand to another, or hold one rattle in each hand.
  6. The movements of the hands and fingers are also being improved - the little tot can shake the rattle, knock it on the table and throw it at a small distance.


  1. Toys are increasingly interested in crumbs.Now he may have a favorite toy with which he will play more than with the rest.
  2. New tops toys now carefully study and try them "to the tooth."
  3. He plays with toys more meaningfully - he tries to open and close boxes or put a ring on the pyramid column.
  4. Holding a toy in each hand, he can look from one toy to another and compare them.


  1. A six-month-old child willingly opens his mouth at the sight of a spoonful of porridge brought to his lips. He confidently captures the food with his lips, litters her mouth and then swallows with pleasure.
  2. At the end of the sixth month, the baby can already drink from the cup, which mother brings to his lips.
  3. In general, six months is just the age when you need to start teaching your child to eat independently. Of course, not all of him will immediately turn out as we would like. At first, he will take food from a plate with a handle, and most of the porridge will be smeared on the table and cheeks of the baby, but over time, the crumb will understand how to hold a spoon in his hands, and learn to get it into his mouth, not into his ear.

Mental development

  1. At this age, the baby can already be in a bad or good mood, he can get angry if he is not given his toy, and rejoice when he sees the mother leaning over him.
  2. During wakefulness, a six-month-old baby often babbles, and babble is noticeably enhanced when parents come to their bed. Babble at this age acquires a semantic component. Depending on the volume, pitch and repeatability, it has completely different meanings: “Give!” “Take it in your hands”, “I don't want it!” - every mother always understands that she wants to tell her baby.
  3. The baby at six months distinguishes his from others, and he does it mostly by his voice.
  4. In six months, the child already distinguishes the sound of his name and always responds to it - turns his head and searches for the one who called.
  5. The child begins to discern the emotions of the people around him - he cries if his parents talk with raised voices next to him, and smiles in response to the smile of his mother or father.

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