Infant Development: 6 Month Milestones

Look out world, here I come. By the end of this month your baby will be more mobile and trying to get around either by scooting, rolling, or even crawling! You will want to keep baby in comfortable clothes that are breathable and easy to move around in. It’s also time to start baby-proofing if you haven’t done so already. Here are some other infant development skills you can expect your baby to be doing at 6 months.

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  • Can lift chest and part of their stomach off the floor while on tummy bearing weight on their hands
  • Bears most of their weight on legs when held in standing position
  • Adjusts their body to turn towards or see an object
  • Holds his own bottle
  • Able to feed themselves a cracker

 

 

 

 

Other Things Your Baby May Be Doing

Some babies will advance quicker than others in infant development and may also be doing some of the following:

  • Pull themselves up from something or someone to a standing position from sittingphoto-3
  • From stomach, move into a sitting position
  • Rake a small object, such as a raisin, and pick it up in fist
  • May possibly use part of thumb and finger to pick up a tiny object

6 Month Check-Up

Your doctor will ask you questions regarding your baby’s eating and sleeping habits as well as overall infant development skills achieved. Here is what you can expect at your baby’s 6 month wellness visit:

  • Baby’s measurements: weight, length and head circumference
  • Vitals: temperature, chest sounds
  • Physical exam including eyes, ears, mouth and nose in addition to checking mouth and gums for any teeth
  • 6 month infant development assessment for head control, sitting, rolling over, bearing weight on legs, as well as social interaction and verbalization
  • 3rd round of immunizations if your child is in good health

The doctor may also perform a hemoglobin or hematocrit test to check for anemia. This entails a pin prick to baby’s finger and the sample run through a machine. This test is usually performed on low-birth weight babies and some doctors (such as mine) will check infants that are breast-fed.  If you opted to have your baby immunized, they will receive their 3rd dose of the following vaccines:

  • DTaP
  • Hepatitis B (given between 6-18 months)
  • Hib*
  • PCV
  • Rotavirus*

There are two different types of Haemophilus infuleunza type b (Hib) and Rotavirus vaccines, that with one type a 3rd dose is not needed at 6 months. They will receive another dose of the Hib vaccine between 12-15 months. Your doctor should provide information regarding the shots given as well as reactions to look for.

Further Reading: Infant Development: 7 Month Milestones

Reference: Your Child 6 Months
Centers for Disease Control: Milestones

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