Baby’s Development Milestones: 5 - 6 Months

Baby’s Development Milestones: 5 - 6 Months

Five Months

1. Motor Development

Offer both your thumbs to the child as she lies on her back. Let her grasp them. Give her a little support to make her sit. You will notice that she will come to a sitting position by herself.

When you put her on her stomach she may roll over onto her back on her own.

2. Perception and Social Response

The baby can now inspect a new object for a prolonged period. She may start differentiating strangers from those close to her. She may not laugh when strangers approach her or she may even start crying.

She can now tell from the tone of your voice if you are annoyed with her.




3. Speech 

Nothing significant happens at this stage as far as speech development is concerned.


Six Months

1. Motor Development

She can now roll over on her own from her back on to her stomach, when placed on a firm surface.

When placed on her stomach, she tries to reach for a toy put in front of her, though she may or may not succeed at this stage.

She can now transfer a rattle placed in one hand to the other. When made to stand, her legs may be able to bear her full weight.


2. Perception and Social Response
Her hearing is now more sensitive. If piece of paper is crumpled near her ear, out of her sight, she will turn her head towards the sound.
She smiles when she sees her own reflection in a mirror.

She is now likely to become very conscious and wary of strangers.




Between 3 to 6 months, she starts becoming aware of strangers. She may not respond to their overtures, or may even start crying as soon as she sees them. Consequently, she expects her parents, especially her mother, to be around. At times, the mother may feel that the baby is taking advantage of her goodness. But indulge her! The care that you give her at this age will stand her in good stead later in life. She will start trusting people,will cherish your care and in turn, learn to care lovingly for others. 

3. Speech

She may now try to join a few syllables and say da-da or may use them separately as 'ma', 'goo' or 'da'.


Source: Book - Guide to Child Care by Dr R K Anand

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