At this exciting phase of baby development or from 6 to 9 months old, your baby’s unique personality will begin to show. Be ready for a lot more interaction with you and the world around her. She is becoming aware of her own body and may be fascinated with her own fingers and toes. Although she is beginning to understand she is separate from her mother, she may feel a bit nervous if she cannot see where you are for too long. Also, she is becoming familiar with people she sees regularly and may even turn to look at you when you say her name. Get ready for an exciting few months!
The new things your baby can do: • Crawl: many babies attempt to crawl, although some do not. It may take a few month before he can move in the direction he wants, but he may be up on all fours scooting around the floor • Sit up unsupported • Start to stand: at around 9 months, she can pull herself up to standing position using whatever is convenient like the sofa, a table, or your legs. With this great new bird’s eye view, this may increase her urge to start walking • Grasp toys: With increased development of fine motor control, he is now able to stretch out and grasp small toys as well as pass the toy from hand to hand. He can also examine toys with greater interest • Point: She can now point at something with her index finger and use the “pincher grip”- picking up small objects with her finger and thumb
Language Development Your baby will really enjoy babbling away to himself or to you. He will also develop a keen ear for your voice and begin listening to adult conversations. You may hear some singing in various pitches or even a shout from him too. Here are a few other verbal cues your baby may use: • Cry to get your attention • Imitate sounds others make • Respond to the word “no” • Use different sounds to express different emotions • Put vowels and consonants together like “ma ma” “ba ba” although she may not realize right away that “ma ma” means mother
Meal Time Babies begin teething at around 6 months, so you may experience a little crankiness. This is also a time to begin trying new foods. See the “Introducing Solid Foods” post for more information. Remember your baby still needs breast milk or infant formula for the first year of child development.
What you can do There are many ways you can nurture your baby’s development. As always, babies need lots of love and affection. You can also:
• Sing songs: play “patty cake”, “this little piggy”, or “peek-a-boo” • Discuss objects around you so that he can match objects up with their name • Use his or her name frequently • Read picture books together
Although your baby may be becoming more independent, she is still learning how to use her new skills so it is important to keep a watchful eye on your baby at all times. Also be sure to keep regular checkups with your physician to be sure your baby is growing and developing properly. Every baby is different and will develop at their own pace, some a little faster and others a little slower, which is perfectly normal. New toys may be exciting, but babies love interaction with family the best. This is a fun time in your baby’s life so enjoy all the wonder.