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Months 4-6: Common milestones

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Baby development: 4-6 months

As you enjoy watching your baby learn and grow, watch for these milestone markers between months four and six to check that your baby is developing properly.

Six month baby girl

4 months

  • Smiles, laughs
  • Bears weight on legs
  • Responds with coos/"ahhs" when you talk to her
  • Grasps toys/objects
  • Rolls over onto back from tummy
  • Imitates sounds like "baba" and "dada"
  • Cuts first tooth/teeth
  • May be ready for solid foods (check with your pediatrician first!)

5 months

  • Can distinguish between bold colors
  • Plays with his hands and feet
  • Knows his name
  • Turns toward a new sound
  • Can roll over in both directions
  • Sits without support (for a limited amount of time)
  • Gnaws on toys/objects
  • May start to experience separation anxiety

6 months

  • Turns attention toward sounds and voices
  • Imitates sounds
  • Rolls over in both directions
  • Is likely ready for solid foods (check with your pediatrician first)
  • Sits without support
  • Gnaws or "gums" objects
  • Can pass objects back and forth from hand to hand
  • Lunges forward
  • May start to crawl
  • Begins to babble and/or combine syllables
  • Can pull or drag toys/objects toward herself

Remember that every baby develops at his own pace, but talk to your pediatrician if you have any concerns.

More common baby milestones

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