By 6 months
- Turns head and looks in the direction of a new sound
- Responds to own name
- Smiles and babbles when given adult attention
- Vocalizes pleasure and displeasure (squeals with excitement or grunts in anger)
- Seems to respond to some words
- Makes sounds while you are talking to him/her
The following activities for your baby will help you play your part in your baby’s development:
- I still like quiet time, so hug me, hold me, talk to me, sing to me, and read to me.
- Comfort me when I am unhappy or fussy by rocking me, holding me close, or talking to me in a soft voice. Respond when I cry. Remember you can't spoil me.
- Imitate sounds I make. My sounds may be changing to include more babbling. Try to get me to say them back to you as if we are having a conversation.
- I like it when you slow down and change your tone of voice ("Hiiii pretty baaaaaby").
- I enjoy it when you sing the same songs over and over again; Itsy Bitsy Spider, This Little Piggy, Peek-a-boo and Pat-a-cake are just some of my favourites.
- When I'm not watching you, shake a rattle, squeeze a toy, or call my name from different parts of the room. This will help me to look in the direction of new sounds.
- When I try to tell you something by looking, reaching, babbling, smiling or crying, try to understand what I mean and stay it with real words.