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Baby Development – 6 months

for babies 6-12 monthsBaby Development – 6 months

By 24 weeks old your baby will probably be able to…

Physical Development

  • Shows an interest in everything
  • Wants to explore
  • Puts everything in her mouth
  • Moves her head to follow people or objects
  • Demonstrates good head control and is becoming able to sit without support
  • Plays with his feet
  • Co-ordinates her limbs


Sensory Development

  • Will follow someone else’s activity from across the room
  • Moves to see something better


Cognitive Development

  • Is able to reach for things due to developed depth perception
  • Aware that she has one mother
  • Co-ordinate objects


Language and Communication

  • Responds with eye contact when you talk to her, turning away when they need something else
  • Makes vowel sounds
  • Laugh with pleasure
  • She can recognise her name
  • Learn links between words and actions


Emotional and Social Development

  • Show trust
  • Show distress if you leave the room
  • Feel isolated
  • Be wary of strangers
  • Be aware of feelings – crying when they hear other babies cry
  • Shows impatience and boredom

Developmental leaps

Each leap brings changes in behaviour, awareness, mood and sleep and your baby may seem unsettled and clingy

14-20 weeks – becoming more active, noisy and responsive, with a need to explore

22-27 weeks – more exploration of her world, aware of distance and can feel separated from you and isolated

Margot Sunderland
Carolyn Meggitt
Sue Gerhardt
Vanderijt & Plooij

Janine | Birth, Baby & Family
Mum of three and a specialist in pregnancy, birth and parent support

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An experienced specialist in pregnancy, birth & early parenting, I have worked with parents since 2002. I am based in the North East so I regularly work with parents from Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead and across North Tyneside. Face-to-face sessions will continue with North East parents but digital courses and online sessions means I can work with parents everywhere.

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