Your baby will now consciously and intentionally grab at anything coming their way. Their parent’s nose, grandparent’s glasses and jacket buttons: your baby will investigate them all with huge concentration using their hands, eyes but especially their mouth. Sometimes a single item will occupy their attention for minutes at a time.
At about six months there is another developmental breakthrough: the appearance of the lower incisors. This is a clear indication at last that your child is growing up and needs solids as well as milk.
At about the same time, your baby will begin to understand speech. They already know a lot of words designating the things, people and situations in their immediate environment. This includes their parent, their own name, but also an emphatic “yes” or “no”.
Rolling, crawling, creeping, scooting: Your child is developing adventurous ways of moving, so as to get close to things that were previously out of reach. So be careful, for example, when changing your baby’s nappy. You can’t just put baby down whilst you go and fetch a new romper suit any more.
But with the thrilling discovery that there is a world beyond parents come the beginnings of separation anxiety at 6 to 9 months. During this so-called stranger anxiety phase, your child will want to reassure themself of the support that you are providing and which they need for their explorations.
Your child’s development is progressing apace: they are learning to walk! First, they carefully pull themselves up, then stands on their own feet - and before you've had a chance to draw breath, they are off. So watch out! Exactly when they brave that first step varies hugely from child to child.