What most babies do by this age: Social: Smiles spontaneously, especially at people Likes to play with people and might cry when playing stops Copies some movements and facial expressions, like smiling or frowning Language/Communication: Coos and babbles Makes sounds when looking at toys or people Cries in different ways to show hunger, pain, or being tired Problem Solving: Reaches out for toys in front of him Follows moving things with eyes Recognizes familiar people and things at a distance Movement: Holds head steady, unsupported Pushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surface May be able to roll over from tummy to back Can hold a toy and shake it and swing at dangling toys Brings hands to mouth WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO Cuddle, talk, and play with your baby while feeding, dressing and bathing. Read and sing to your baby. Look and talk about pictures. Establish routines for sleeping and feeding. Learn your baby’s signals – does your baby cry when hungry or rub eyes when tired? Put a toy or rattle in your baby’s hand. Hold your baby upright with his/her feet on the floor. Place your baby on his/her tummy when awake and put toys nearby to practice reaching for them. Provide a safe environment, such as a blanket on the floor, where your baby can reach for or kick toys and explore surroundings. Imitate your baby’s sounds and act excited in response to those sounds. Play games such as “peek-a-boo” and “pat-a-cake.” Use toys that are soft, safe for infants and colorful to attract your baby’s attention.