6-Month-Old Baby

Can you believe you’re halfway through baby’s first year?! By 6 months, your baby is probably pretty opinionated. She might scream when someone other than you holds her. And you might feel embarrassed, but can you blame her? If a stranger came over to you to hug you, you'd give them a "back off, buddy" reaction, too. Baby is also starting to develop food likes and dislikes, as you introduce new flavors to her. Hint: She takes more bites of the food she likes more. For now though, she’s pretty easy to please at mealtime. (Look out for picky eating later!) One thing she really likes is her name. Now, she recognizes it, and shows excitement when you say it.

your baby is 6 months old!
  • She’s still sleeping about 15 hours a day, with 2 to 3 naps, but her nighttime stretch is getting longer.
  • Keep breastfeeding or bottle-feeding every 3 to 6 hours during the day. Introduce one new, mushy solid food every 3 to 4 days.
  • She’s probably gaining about 1 to 1.25 pounds per month.
  • She rolls in both directions: back to front and front to back.
  • She sits up -- but probably with some help.
  • Soft balls, textured toys that make sounds and simple musical instruments, such as maracas, are great toys for a six-month-old.

  • Medical information was reviewed by Preeti Parikh, MD, pediatrician at Pediatrics of New York, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medical Director of Programming at HealthiNation.com.

    Reminder: Medical info on The Bump is FYI only and doesn't replace a visit to a medical professional.