Gross Motor Development: Your Baby at 6 Months

Gross Motor Development allows a child to gain balance and bring large muscles under control in order to master physical activities such as sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, jumping and generally enjoy all that his body allows him to do.

Typical Skills

  • Rolls from back to stomach, stomach to back
  • Sits by himself with support either leaning forward on arms or propped up against a pillow; sits well in a chair
  • Pulls himself up from lying on his back when you grasp his hands
  • Bears large amount of weight on legs and bounces when held in standing position
  • On tummy, lifts and extends legs high; may get up on hands and knees in crouch position, to move forward or backward or rock back and forth

Emerging Skills

  • Uses protective extension, i.e., arms extended out front or to the side
  • Holds weight on one hand when on stomach
  • Goes from sitting to lying on tummy
  • Creeps forward on tummy

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