Milestones - By six months

Teenage dad and baby Understanding of language
Babies can sense when you are happy or angry. They recognise different emotions in parent’s voices and may respond differently by quietening or smiling. Your baby will watch someone’s face when they talk and show excitement at the sound of voices.

Using as much facial expression as possible helps your baby to watch and listen.

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Spend time talking and playing with your baby.

  • Does your baby enjoy your company?

  • Does your baby smile and laugh with you?

Speech sounds
Babies can cry, laugh, gurgle and make cooing noises. They will develop different cries and you can begin to understand how your baby is feeling and what they need. Babies make and play with different sounds. They will babble to themselves and make sounds back when talked to.

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Listen for the sounds your baby makes.

  • Does your baby make noises, like coos or squeals, to get your attention?

  • Does your baby cry in different ways to express different needs e.g. hunger,

Any concerns?
It is important to remember that all babies are different and your baby will develop in his own way. If you are concerned about your baby’s speech, language and communication contact your Health Visitor or Children’s Centre. They may suggest a hearing test or a visit to your GP.

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