What most babies do by this age:

Social and Emotional

  • Knows familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a stranger
  • Likes to play with others, especially parents.
  • Responds to other people’s emotions and often seems happy
  • Likes to look at self in a mirror.



  • Responds to sounds / words by making sounds.
  • Strings vowels together when babbling (“ah,” “eh,” “oh”) and likes taking turns with parent while making sounds
  • Responds to own name.
  • Begins to say consonant sounds (jabbering with “m,” “b”)
  • Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure.

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

  • Looks around at things nearby.
  • Shows curiosity about things and tries to get things that are out of reach.
  • Begins to pass things from one hand to the other.

Movement/Physical Development

  • Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front).
  • Begins to sit without support.
  • When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce.
  • Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward .


  •  Does not COO.
  • Does not make vowel sounds AA,OOO,AH,EH
  • Seems very stiff, with tight muscles.
  • Seems very FLOPPY.
  • Does not make SQUEAKY sounds.
  • Does not roll over in either directions.