Ages 2-6 Months

Following are information, activities and resource links for the five main areas of development for infants ages 2-6 months old. Download a print-friendly version of this page >

Communications Skills

  • Smiles responsively
  • Squeaks/squeals/yells/laughs/makes raspberries
  • Looks in the direction of your voice
  • Enjoys turn-taking games with sounds
  • Locates sounds in the room
  • Plays games like “Peek-a-boo”

Fine Motor Skills

  • Grasps a rattle, holds bottle with both hands
  • Clasps hands together
  • Reaches, pulls objects to mouth
  • Pulls at clothes
  • Picks up objects using “raking” motion with fingers

Gross Motor Skills

  • Holds head up
  • Rolls from front to back
  • Sits with support then independently

Personal Social Skills

  • Smiles responsively
  • Looks at own hands/sucks on fingers
  • Works for a toy
  • Responds to touch
  • Enjoys social stimulation
  • Accepts comfort from familiar adult

Problem Solving Skills: 4-9 months

  • Explores objects with fingers, hands, toes
  • Works to get objects out of reach
  • Turns head toward bright colors and lights
  • Explores objects by touching, mouthing, shaking, and banging
  • Looks for ball rolled out of sight

Communication Activities: Infants

  • Imitate the sounds your baby makes
  • Make different faces with baby
  • Sing to baby
  • Play social games (pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo)

Fine Motor Activities: Infants

  • Offer your baby a rattle to hold
  • Let your baby feel many different textures
  • Help teach your baby to pick up small objects by offering small bits of food

Gross Motor Activities: Infants

  • Allow for “tummy time” several times a day
  • Hold your baby in sitting positions and while baby is standing
  • Encourage your baby to roll over

Personal Social Activities: Infants

  • Allow your infant to feel different textures
  • Provide experiences for your baby to look at a variety of colors, shapes and objects
  • Talk about your baby’s world
  • Sing to your baby and play music
  • Read daily to your baby

Problem Solving Activities: Infants

  • Allow you infant to feel different textures
  • Provide experiences for your baby to look at a variety of colors, shapes and objects
  • Talk about your babies world
  • Sing to your baby and play music
  • Read daily to your baby
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