6-month old infant milestones

Pediatrician Jay Gordon, MD, explains what the common developmental milestones are for a 6 month old baby
6 Month Old Baby Milestones
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At six months of age, the milestones are myriad. Between four and six or seven months of age, it's almost as if you had pulled the strings on a marionette and the whole upper body tightens. Babies can't sit, but you can set them down. They tend to tip over. But their truncal stability is completely different. They can almost sit. Their arms have gone from swatting to actually grabbing. They're much more interested in toys. They're more interested in everything. They pull their siblings' hair. Their eye muscles are moving all over the place. They're no longer protected; they can see everything. A baby at six months of age can get overstimulated very easily because the visual radius isn't just four or five or eight feet, it's 20 feet. They're hearing. They're putting sights and sounds together. They're recognizing patterns. Recognizing patterns is the basis of the sense of humor because when a pattern breaks at four, five, six months of age, babies laugh because they're not afraid. They're listening more closely. They're starting to understand that there's one very important word: their own name. So that when a word comes next to that name, "Where's Daddy? Bobby?" they look for Daddy because they know that's not Bobby. "You're gonna take a bath, Bobby." That must be bath, cause it's not Bobby. They understand words, they're starting to try to make consonant sounds and they're starting to move. They can reach out and grab things. They're loving to stand up. A lot of babies at five, six, seven months of age are only happy when they're stood up. You won't hurt their legs; that's an old tale that's not true. They're starting to move. Six, seven months of age, they can't crawl. But a lot of babies through six, seven months of age are starting to get into a crawling position and they're missing a couple really important things that they need. They need a pincer grasp, which they get at nine months of age, but more importantly, they're missing toes. They can't push off. And without that toe strength, without that toe coordination, they get frustrated. It's a good frustration. It's a really good time filled with a lot of milestones and the longest chapters in the book.

Pediatrician Jay Gordon, MD, explains what the common developmental milestones are for a 6 month old baby

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Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP, IBCLC - In the middle of his residency training, pediatrician Jay Gordon took an unusual step. Deciding that he needed greater knowledge about nutrition, vitamins, and alternative medicine in order to practice medicine the way he wanted to, Dr. Gordon took a Senior Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York City. After his residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Dr. Gordon joined the teaching attending faculty at UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Intensely interested in infant nutrition and breastfeeding, Dr. Gordon is the first male physician to sit for and pass the International Board of Lactation Certification Exam and has served on the Professional Advisory Board of La Leche League for 24 years.

In addition to treating patients, he participates in the training of medical students and residents, lectures all over the world, writes books, and writes a monthly column for “Fit Pregnancy” magazine. He has contributed to “New York Parent,” “Parenting” magazine and has been quoted in the L.A. Times, New York Times, and The London Times.

Dr. Gordon’s first book, the well-received Good Food Today, Great Kids Tomorrow, offers a life-changing plan for families who want to make dramatic changes in health and fitness through nutrition. Brighter Baby examines the positive effect that attachment parenting, combined with infant massage, has on children’s health and intelligence. Other releases include: Good Night! The Parents’ Guide to the Family Bed and Hug Your Baby, a Gentle Guide through the First Year, which was released summer, 2002. He also authored Listening To Your Baby: A New Approach to Parenting Your Newborn, which still gets great reviews from parents. His most recent book is The ADD and ADHD Cure, the Natural Way to Treat Hyperactivity and Refocus Your Child.

When the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Television and the Media named Dr. Gordon “the most influential doctor in America,” they were referring, tongue-in-cheek, to Dr. Gordon’s role, as the medical script consultant, in eliminating lollipops from the office of “Doctor Weston,” lead character on the sitcom “Empty Nest.”

After two years of consulting on television scripts, sets, and ideas, Dr. Gordon was named CBS TV’s Medical Consultant for Children’s programming. He also worked for five years on ABC Television as the on-air medical correspondent for the “Home Show,” and continues to consult regularly for television and movies. He’s appeared on Fox 11 News, ABC’s 20/20 and most recently on Larry King Live. 

Dr. Gordon contributed and wrote the forward to Smart Medicine for a Healthy Child and The Encyclopedia of Vitamins and Supplements (both published in 1999), is pediatric consultant for “Fit Pregnancy” magazine and a frequent contributor to “Parents,” “Parenting,” and other media outlets.
 Busy as he is, Dr. Gordon finds that his most challenging job is “being a good husband and the best possible parent to my 22 year-old daughter.”

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