Language Express Preschool Speech and Language Services System of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.

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Milestones - By 6 Months - Print Version

The developmental milestones listed within each of these age groups mark the progress of young children as they learn to communicate and develop their speech and language skills. If your child is not meeting one or more of the developmental milestones or if you are concerned about your child's speech and language development please contact us at: 1-888-503-8885


  • Recognizes her own name
  • Recognizes familiar faces and objects (blanket, teddy bear)
  • Smiles at herself in the mirror
  • Is soothed by calm, gentle voices
  • Looks to see where sound is coming from


  • Smiles at and laughs with people
  • Babbles (bababa, googoo)
  • Laughs when happy, cries/whines when unhappy
  • Gets your attention by making sounds, looking at you, and using her body
  • Reaches for things and people

Play Development

  • Enjoys games such as peek-a-boo, pat-a-cake, and tickle games
  • Likes toys that she can make crinkle, squeak, rattle and roll
  • Puts toys in her mouth
  • Likes your attention more than TV, radio
  • Enjoys music, songs and rhymes

Teachable Moments

  • Talk to your baby about what you are doing at bath time, mealtime, play time, in the car…
  • During bath time, name each body part as you wash it.  Play “This Little Piggy Went to Market” or “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes” while in the tub.
  • Put a favourite toy in front of your child, just out of reach. Wait and see how she tells you she wants it.
  • Sing lots of songs and nursery rhymes.

Things You Can Try At Home

  • Name objects that your baby touches or looks at: “Oh toes, you’ve got your toes.”
  • Sing songs and repeat nursery rhymes over and over again: Wheels on the Bus, Pat-a-Cake, If You’re Happy and You Know It.
  • Wave bye-bye or clap your hands and your baby will learn to copy you.
  • Shake a rattle in front of your baby, and then stop. See if she asks for more by looking, reaching, or imitating what you are doing. Shake the rattle again. 
  • Look at board or cloth books together – it’s OK if your baby wants to chew on them!

What To Watch Out For

  • A child who does not look towards a sound or is not startled by a loud sound
  • A child who has stopped babbling after having done so for a long time