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NYS Parent Guide

0-6 Months: Growth and Development

Getting to Know Each Other

Child Development

Child Development

Your baby is one-of-a-kind. There is no one quite like him. He has his own personality and he will develop in his own way, in his own time. Day by day, as you get to know each other, you develop a special relationship with him.

During these first six months, take time to think about how much both you and your baby will grow and change. (There is space below for you to jot down thoughts to remember and share with family members, friends, your baby’s childcare or health care provider.)

Sometime, during the first six months, it is likely you will see your baby:

  • Sleep and eat on a more regular schedule (though growth spurts may change her patterns)
  • Calm herself by sucking (her thumb, fingers or a pacifier)
  • Try to imitate (copy) faces you make
  • Reach for an object and grasp it, often bringing it to her mouth
  • Turn from stomach to back and then back to stomach
  • Move around a little, maybe in a circle, backward or forward
  • Turn her head in the direction of sounds
  • Develop control of her head
  • Make lots of sounds
  • Play with her toes
  • Enjoy games with you, such as “peek-a-boo”
  • Recognize familiar faces
  • Sit without support (near six months)

Useful Resources:

NYS Growing Up Healthy Helpline

Confidential support and referrals to emotional health services for pregnant or postpartum women


TTY Access

additional resources My E-Journal

Safety Tip

If you ever worry about or think you might hurt yourself or your baby, put your baby in his crib or another safe place. Then contact your doctor right away or call 911 for emergency medical care.