What most babies do by this age: Social: Acts differently towards strangers than with you Holds out arms to be picked up Responds to and often imitates a parent’s emotions Likes to look at self in a mirror Language/Communication: Responds to sounds by making sounds like “da”, “ga” , “ba” Responds to own name Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure Problem Solving: Looks around at things nearby Brings things to mouth Reaches out for objects in front of her Begins to pass things from one hand to the other Movement: Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front) Begins to sit without support When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO Be predictable and consistent when you interact with your baby. Cuddle, talk, sing, and play with your baby while feeding, dressing and bathing. Read to your baby. Look and talk about pictures. Establish routines for sleeping and feeding. Smile when your baby smiles and copy sounds. Learn your baby’s moods – keep doing what makes your baby happy; calm your baby when he/she is upset. Play on the floor with your baby every day. Put your baby on his/her tummy or back and put toys just out of reach to encourage rolling and reaching. Help your baby to sit or support with pillows; let your baby look around or give toys to look at while balancing. Imitate your baby’s sounds and say words with those sounds (if she says “bah,” say bottle and book). Look at and read books with your baby. When your baby looks at something, point to it and talk about it. Pick up a toy when your baby drops it on the floor and give it back to help teach cause-and-effect.