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Child Development (6 months)

Your child's experiences in the early months and years of life affect her health, well-being, and coping skills for the rest of her life. Your caring, nurturing, and safe parenting help ensure your baby's optimal development. During the toddler years, your child will grow and learn rapidly.

Child development is typically described in five areas:

  • physical
  • social
  • emotional
  • cognitive
  • language

While there are milestones, development is not a race. Each child grows and develops at his own pace. Learning about child development can guide your parenting. You can support and guide your child’s development through activities in each of these four areas:

  • Learning To Think and Play
  • Seeing and Using Hands
  • Hearing, Speech and Language
  • Learning To Move

Your Developing Baby: 6 Months

  • Holds head and chest up when lying on tummy by pushing with arms
  • Is learning to roll in at least one direction
  • Sits with support on the floor, turning head to look around
  • Reaches for and holds toys well 
  • Passes toys from hand to hand
  • Brings toys to mouth
  • Moves his/her eyes in the same direction and watches interesting things, even from across a room
  • Looks around to see where new sounds are coming from
  • Makes sounds back when you talk
  • Makes noise to get attention
  • Cries in a different way when hungry
  • Is friendly with strangers, but sometimes show shyness or anxiety, especially if caregiver is not present
  • Cries or becomes fussy when a toy is taken away
There are many ways you can help your child’s development

Play is a learning experience for children. Play is a universal and vital process for the healthy development of every child. Play is the child’s work and allows him/her to explore the world in which he lives and grows.
 
If you have any concerns about your child’s development, talk to your public health nurse or family doctor.

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Updated Oct 2, 2015