Monday, 6 September 2010

Baby milestones: 7 to 12 months

Understanding the developmental milestones of a baby is a good way for parents to monitor their child's growth. It is of course important to mention that all babies are different and some may achieve certain milestones later than others, and this is nothing to be worried about (unless you notice this delay happening consistently).

Following on from my previous article "Baby milestones: 1 to 6 months", here listed below are the major milestones to look out for in your child between 7 to 12 months.

7 months:
  • Sits for longer periods without support
  • May start to lunge forwards
  • Able to lean body to sides (eg. to grab an object) and able to correct posture without falling
  • Starts to pull objects toward themselves


8 months:
  • Passes objects from hand to hand
  • Brings objects together
  • Begins to understand object permanence (ie. objects/people still exist even know they may not be in sight; eg. peekaboo)
  • Starts to combine syllables (eg. ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ but not specific)

9 months:
  • Crawls
  • Able to stand while holding onto something
  • Pulls self to standing
  • Develops pincer grip (picking things up with thumb-finger)


10 months:
  • Cruises holding onto furniture
  • Starts to understand gestures (eg. waves hello and goodbye)
  • Sits objects together


11 months:
  • Can stand unsupported for a few seconds
  • Cruises well
  • Begins to understand putting objects into a container,
  • Starts to understand simple instructions (eg. ‘no’, ‘yes’)
  • Can say ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ to the specific parent

12 months:
  • Starts to take a few steps to walk
  • Begins to say 1-2 words besides ‘mama’ and ‘dada’
  • Imitates actions and movements
  • Gestures what they want
  • May start to scribble

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