Developmental milestones are what most children can do by a certain age.
Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 6 months. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.
What most babies can do at six 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, enjoys looking at themselves in a mirrors
Language/Communication = responds to sounds by making sounds, strings vowels and consonant sounds such as “ah,” “eh,” “oh” “m,” “b”), responds to their own name, makes sounds to show joy and sadness,
Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving) = looks at things nearby, brings items to mouth, shows curiosity about new items, tries to get objects that are out of reach, starts passing objects 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, may crawl backward before moving forward
Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:
Isn’t trying to get things that are within reach
Shows no affection for caregivers/parents
Isn’t responding to sounds around him
Has difficulty getting objects to mouth
Isn’t making vowel sounds (“ah”, “eh”, “oh”)
Isn’t rolling over in either direction
Isn’t laughing or making squealing sounds
Is very stiff, with tight muscles
Seems very floppy, like a rag doll
If You’re Concerned – Act Early
Tell your child’s doctor or nurse if you notice any of these signs of possible developmental delay.
For more information, call 1-800-CDC-INFO.
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