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6months

6 months old

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?

“I can make things happen!” That’s what your baby may be figuring out now. Here are some toys and activities to help your six-month-old learn about cause and effect, and encourage other learning through play.

  • PHYSICAL
    Sit up – with a little support
  • COGNITIVE
    Look for something that drops
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How your 6-month-old might play now:

She can sit up with only a little support—or maybe none at all

When he drops something, he looks for it

She enjoys simple games like peek-a-boo or pat-a-cake

He can bang a toy and shout at the same time

She participates in activities that center around her

Children develop at their own pace and reach milestones at different times. The highlights mentioned in this website are approximate guidelines only. If you have any questions about your child's development, consult your healthcare provider.

Toys and Playtips

Help your baby learn more:

Lights! Music! Action! Start by demonstrating some of the toy's specific features, showing baby how to start the action, lights, or music.

What will happen? As you play, encourage baby to do something with the toy … he'll be greeted with a fun surprise that will make him want to play again and again!

Help your baby learn more:

Describe it. Use stacking toys to introduce other simple words and descriptions, like big and little, or top and bottom. You can also use these toys to reinforce understanding of cause and effect.

What color? Help your child make connections between words and concepts by talking about colors: “That's the big yellow cup.”

Help your baby learn more:

Play active games to exercise gross motor skills. When babies’ feet press against a solid surface, they stretch out their legs. This is called the “walking reflex,” and you can use it to help your baby practice for crawling!

  • Place baby on tummy
  • Put a fun, colorful toy a few inches from baby’s head and call attention to it
  • Sit behind baby with your legs or hands pressed against her feet
  • Let your baby push against the pressure, causing her to move forward
  • Keep moving the toy and pushing against baby’s feet until she’s moved forward

Let’s roll! Roll or slide a toy back and forth across the floor to each other. It can be a good workout for baby's eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity.

Help your baby learn more:

What’s that sound? Take baby on a "sound" tour of your house. Ring the doorbell, turn on the clock's alarm, start the computer. As you make your way through the house, tell baby what each sound means: "Company's coming! … Time to get up … I'm going to check my email."

Makin’ it happen. To foster awareness of cause-and-effect relationships, let your child turn a light switch or a faucet on and off and see how her actions make things happen.

Everyday play. Open the cupboard and pull out pots, pans and wooden spoons. Watch baby smile as he realizes, "I made that sound!" As he plays, talk to him about what you see and hear. He'll enjoy the sound of your voice, and you'll be helping his speech develop.

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