This page is all about 6 month old baby milestones for communication.  Keep in mind that these milestones are based on research about typically-developing children but this information is not meant to diagnose a speech-language delay or disorder.  There is a wide range of normal and even if your child is slightly delayed in a few of these areas, it doesn’t necessarily mean he or she has a speech or language delay.  Please contact a speech-language pathologist for a screening if you are concerned about your child’s speech and language skills.  All norms are taken from the  Liguisystems Guide to Communication Milestones which sites the specific resources and research articles used to find each milestone.

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Speech Sound Development for a 6-Month-Old:

At 6 months of age, children should be exploring their vocal systems.  They should begin playing with sounds and making noises.  According to the Liguisystems Guide to Communication Milestones, a 6-month old should do some of the following things:

  • Plays with voice and mouth by squealing, growling, yelling, and blowing raspberries
  • Produces vocalizations that vary weekly and daily
  • Produces a variety of vowel-sounds
  • Begins doing some experimenting with putting a consonant and vowel together, like “buh” or “gah”

Social Language/Interaction Skills for a 6-Month-Old:

Your 6-month-old should interact with the world around him/her in the following ways:

  • Startles to loud sounds
  • Responds to voices

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  • Turns head toward a sound source
  • Watches a speaker’s face when spoken to
  • Recognizes familiar people
  • Stops crying when spoken to (Sometimes, but not all of the time.  Sometimes they’re just too mad!)
  • Smiles when spoken to
  • Makes noises/sounds to attract attention
  • Makes eye contact when interacting

Literacy/Reading Skills for a 6-Month-Old:

Now is a great time to expose your little one to books!  In fact, reading to your child often is one of the best ways to improve communication and future reading skills.  Make sure you’re setting aside some time every day to explore books with your child.  Children this age should be beginning to engage in some of these interactions with books:

  • Likes to chew or pat books
  • Can focus on large and bright pictures in a book
  • Shares books with an adult as routine part of life

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Red Flags to Watch For in a 6-Month-Old:

If you consistently see these signs in your child, you may want to contact a speech-language pathologist for advice or a screening:

  • Does not laugh or squeal
  • Does not look toward new sounds

I hope this has helped you to understand the 6 month old baby milestones for communication.  If you have concerns in any of these areas, please talk to your pediatrician or find a local speech-language pathologist to talk to.  You can also check out my post about Speech Therapy for Babies.  Also, don’t forget to share this post on your social media site so that others can find it as well.  Thank you!

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