Here's what you might see your baby doing
between 6 and 9 months of age.
- Adores playing with balls, rattles,
and squeaky toys.
- Usually sleeps through the night.
- Usually begins teething.
- May prefer some foods to others.
- May enjoy playing with food.
- Loves games like peek-a-boo and
- Babbles and squeals using single
- Loves to jabber.
- May recognize own name.
- May show sharp mood changes.
- Displays especially strong attachment
- Develops deeper attachment to father,
siblings, and other familiar people.
- Distinguishes children from adults.
- Smiles at other children.
- May show fear of strangers.
- Continues to be intrigued with mirror
- Rests on elbows.
- Begins to sit alone.
- Sits in high chair.
- Continues to use motions leading to
- Makes jumping motions when held in
- Reaches with one hand.
- Bats and grasps dangling objects.
- Holds objects between thumb and
- Passes objects from one hand to
Each child is unique. It is therefore difficult to describe
exactly what should be expected at each stage of a child's
development. While certain attitudes, behaviors, and
physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide
spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal.
These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general
progression through the developmental stages rather than as
fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages.
It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some
milestones earlier and other milestones later than the
If you have any concerns related to your
child's own pattern of development, check with your health