Here's what you might see your baby doing
between the ages of 9 and 12 months.
- Continues to enjoy banging, waving,
and throwing toys.
- Scrutinizes toys and other objects.
- Becomes absorbed in toys and games.
- Explores food with fingers.
- Initiates play.
- Goes from sitting to lying position
- May pull self to standing position.
- Stands holding on to furniture.
- Tries to move one foot in front of the
other when held upright.
- May try to crawl up stairs.
- May begin to walk with assistance.
- Imitates the rising and falling sounds
of adult conversation.
- Imitates more speech sounds, but does
not yet understand most of them.
- Repeats sounds again and again.
- May begin to say "mama" or "dada"
Emotional and Behavioral Development
- Continues to resist doing what he does
not want to do.
- Begins trying to imitate some parent
- Loves showing off for family audience.
- May cry when parent leaves the room.
- May resist diapering.
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