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    Developmental milestones record - 6 months

    Normal childhood growth milestones - 6 months; Childhood growth milestones - 6 months; Growth milestones for children - 6 months

    This article describes the skills and growth targets for 6-month-old infants.

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    Physical and motor skill markers:

    • Able to hold almost all weight when supported in a standing position
    • Able to transfer objects from one hand to the other
    • Able to lift chest and head while on stomach, holding the weight on hands (often occurs by 4 months)
    • Able to pick up a dropped object
    • Able to roll from back to stomach
    • Able to sit in a high chair with a straight back
    • Able to sit on the floor with lower back support
    • Beginning of teething
    • Increased drooling
    • Should be able to sleep 6 - 8 hour stretches at night
    • Should have doubled birth weight (birth weight often doubles by 4 months, and it would be cause for concern if this hasn't happened by 6 months)

    Sensory and cognitive markers:

    • Begins to fear strangers
    • Begins to imitate actions
    • Begins to realize that if an object is dropped, it is still there and just needs to be picked up
    • Can locate sounds not made directly at the ear level
    • Enjoys hearing own voice
    • Makes sounds (vocalizes) to mirror and toys
    • Makes sounds resembling one-syllable words (example: da-da, ba-ba)
    • Prefers more complex sounds
    • Recognizes parents
    • Starts to imitate sounds
    • Vision is between 20/60 and 20/40

    Play recommendations:

    • Read, sing, and talk to your child
    • Imitate words such as "mama" to help baby learn language
    • Play peek-a-boo
    • Provide an unbreakable mirror
    • Provide large, bright-colored toys that make noise or have moving parts (avoid toys with small parts)
    • Provide paper to tear
    • Speak clearly
    • Start naming parts of the body and the environment
    • Use body movements and actions to teach language
    • Use the word "no" infrequently

    References

    Feigelman S. The first year. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 8.

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