Milestones for 6-Month-Old Twins

All babies develop and reach milestones at different times, including twins. Twins develop at the same rate as other babies, but since they are frequently born prematurely, they give the impression of developing slower than single birth babies. Premature babies are expected to reach milestones using their adjusted ages to avoid incorrectly thinking that they are behind their peers developmentally. Milestones are not the only way to determine if your babies are on track, but they give a general time line for when you can expect them to perform certain tasks.

  1. They Get Moving

    • At 6 months, your baby will become more mobile. Generally at this age, babies should start rolling in both directions and sit steadily without needing your support. They’ll also start to bear weight on their legs when standing. They will start move toys from hand to hand and reach for objects in close range. Babies also discover that they have toes and begin banging objects together around this time.

    They Start to Babble

    • Babies begin babbling around the age of 6 months. Typically, they will "talk" back and forth by responding to any noises you make or words you say with vowel sounds. Some babies begin making some consonant sounds such as "m" or "b." They start showing more emotion around this age and might shriek with excitement or yell in anger to express how they are feeling.

    They Get Curious

    • As your babies grow, so does their curiosity. At 6 months, babies tend to reach for objects within their range and grab whatever they can. These objects almost always end up in their mouths since this is the way babies start exploring the world. It might be difficult to capture pictures around this age, because they are constantly looking around to see different shapes, colors and surroundings.

    They Show Emotions

    • At 6 months, babies are fun to interact with because they like to play, especially with parents and other familiar caregivers. They smile at people they know and might hide their faces, cry or look away when around strangers. Babies will also react to other peoples' emotions such as anger or sadness and respond. Mirrors are entertaining at this age, since they will usually stare and smile or laugh at their reflection.

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