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Most 6-month-old babies are able to communicate their needs and wants fairly clearly, even though they are not yet able to speak one word of true language. Also, at around 27 weeks old, babies typically are able to pull themselves all the way up into a sitting position without any head lag. Most babies who are this age also need about 3 1/2 hours of sleep during the daytime, which may be spread out into several smaller naps or two longer ones.

You and Your Baby at Week 27

Six-month-old babies want to play, play, and play some more! They have spent a good number of months observing the world -- now they want to get up and explore for themselves. They want to see it all, touch everything within reach, and taste anything they can get their little hands on.
As a parent, it is exciting to watch them figure out their new abilities, as well as their limitations. If your little one has mastered "the crawl," get ready to lose a few of those stubborn pregnancy pounds. She's going to have you running soon.

Major Developments for a 6-Month-Old Baby

Playing with a 6-month-old baby is a lot of fun because they are extremely engaging and capable. Most babies at this age are able to communicate their needs and wants fairly clearly, even though they cannot yet speak one word of true language (see Language Development in Children to learn more about these early stages of language development).
Most 6-month-old babies are also able to pull themselves all the way up to a sitting position without any head lag, which is quite an accomplishment given the fact that a baby's head accounts for about 25 percent of their body weight (an adult's head is roughly 10 percent of their total body weight).
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