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Milestones by six months

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Milestones at three months old

By three months, your baby will have reached some exciting milestones. They will be making cooing noises, smiling, and even copying some of your facial expressions.

Babies like to look at faces and hear voices, so try to look at your baby when you speak to them. They will try to copy your sounds and expressions. When they do this, make the noise or expression back. This is how babies learn to communicate.

At this age, see if:

  • Your baby looks at you when you speak.
  • Your baby looks at your face when you speak.
  • Your baby coos or gurgles to themselves.
  • Your baby smiles or has different cries for how she feels.

By six months, your baby will be growing more curious about the world around them. They will try to copy you with babbles, facial expressions and movements. It’s good to listen and respond to them at this age, as they learn to communicate.

Milestones at six months old

By six months your baby will love spending time with you and hearing your voice. Being face-to-face with your baby helps them learn about expressions. This is also a great age to play games like peek-a-boo or sing songs to your baby.

At this age, see if:

  • Your baby laughs when they play.
  • Your baby makes sounds when somebody speaks to them.
  • Your baby makes different noises to show different feelings, like when they are happy, excited, hungry or tired.
  • Your baby smiles when someone smiles at them.

Any Concerns?

All babies are different, and your baby will develop in their own way. If you are worried about your baby's development, speak to your Health Visitor, family hub or childcare provider. They should be able to give you some simple ideas of how to support your child's development at home. Or they may suggest a visit to your GP.

Here are some other places where you may be able to find useful tips and advice: