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Your Child's Development: 6 Months


Notice your baby doing anything new? Big strides in development are happening this month. That's because the left side of the brain is now "talking" to the right side of the brain. This means your baby may begin to rock back and forth to prepare for crawling by moving the arms and legs in sync, or pass a toy from one hand to the other (who knew it was such a feat!?).

Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a baby is developing as expected. There's a wide range of what's considered normal, so some children gain skills earlier or later than others. Babies who were born prematurely reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your baby's progress.

Here are some things your baby might be doing:

Communication and Language Skills

Movement and Physical Development

Social and Emotional Development

Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)

When to Talk to Your Doctor

Every baby develops at his or her own pace, but if you notice anything than concerns you — however small — share it with your doctor. Always tell the doctor if your baby:

Also, if you ever notice that your baby has lost skills he or she once had or shows weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.

Date reviewed: June 2016


Note: All information on KidsHealth® is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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