Baby’s Growth & Development Milestones: 6-12 Months Posted in: Babies

Your Baby is now on the 6 months to 12 months period is such as wonderful time in your baby’s life as he reaches many milestones during this time.

The speed at which he learns new skills and applies them in his life can be really surprising to you. Till now your infant was either lying down or sitting up. 6 – 12 months is the time when decides to explore everything around him by moving forward.

Now becomes more mobile and curious

It is important to understand the next milestones in your baby’s developments so that you can help him reach those milestones easily. So here is a checklist of your baby’s growth and development milestones from 6 months to 12 months of age:

Sits up without assistance

By now, most babies will be able to sit on their own without any help. It may seem like your little one may topple over, but don’t worry. He can balance his body using the support of his arms and prevent himself from falling.

Shows interest in listening to speech

Your baby pays more attention to what people to say to him. Make sure to tell him stories involving a lot of facial and mouth expressions. The more expression you show, the more interest he shows in your speech. If possible, talk to him in a second language too. Babies have the ability to learn two or more languages at the same time. You can read more about Infant brain stimulation tips article

Picks up things using pincer grasp

At this stage, your baby may start to eat on his own. Give him cereals and soft diced foods and see him picking up the food with his index finger and thumb. Parents should make sure not to leave small objects lying around, to avoid choking hazards.

Becomes anxious around strangers

Now that your baby can recognize familiar faces, he may become anxious around people he doesn’t know. So stay close to him and give him that extra security whenever there is a new person around. It is better to introduce your baby to a day care provider or babysitter as early as possible so that he feel less anxious and scared.

Crawls on his belly 

Place toys on the floor so that he can crawl towards them. Now that your baby is constantly moving around, always keep an eye on him. Never leave him alone on a bed or changing table.  He can fall easily and hurt himself.

Creeps on hands and knees

This is the next stage after crawling. Some babies skip this stage and directly move on to the standing up and walking stage.

Holds onto something and pulls himself up

Your baby may pull himself up to a standing position using the support of furniture.  He may even start cruising along the side of a coffee table or couch.

Your baby becomes more independent now, and sometimes his curiosity about new things might land him in trouble.

Babies try to fetch and grab things without knowing the possible dangerous consequences. So it is very important to baby-proof your house at this stage to keep your baby safe and out of danger.

The checklist mentioned here are just guidelines. Babies develop at their own pace, and there is no need to be overly concerned if your baby doesn’t reach any of these milestones in the said time.

If you feel that your baby shows developmental delays, make sure to consult your pediatrician.

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