Months 4-6: Common milestones

Sep 11, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. ET

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.

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