Developmental Milestones For 6-9 Months Old

Baby develops the fastest from birth to 1 year old. These changes take place across various domains of development i.e.

  1. Cognitive
  2. Physical (Fine and Gross Motor)
  3. Socio-emotional and
  4. Language.

Most children follow a certain pattern of growth and development or achieve certain skills/abilities at a particular stage in development. These are called developmental milestones. However, it is important to note that every child grows and develops at their own pace, and might achieve a few milestones faster or slower than usual. If you feel concerned about your child not achieving a milestone, contact your pediatrician or speak to our expert.

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Cognitive Development:

  • Recognizes and responds when called by their name.
  • Explores their own body with mouth and hands; might have a tendency to put everything in their mouth.
  • Spends a longer time studying toys and discovering what to do with them.
  • Begins to show curiosity about people.
  • Begins to display object permanence (e.g. finds a toy that you have hidden in front of them).
  • Understands cause and effect (e.g. banging toys together makes a sound).
  • Enjoys playing “peek-a-boo”.
  • Might imitate or copy actions or gestures observed.
  • Might follow one-step instructions (e.g. “come here” while parent makes actions) along with signs/demonstrations

Physical Development:

  • Rolls over in both directions, easily (front to back, back to front).
  • Begins to sit, first leaning forward on hands (sits without support by 9 months).
  • Begins to sit, first leaning forward on hands (sits without support by 9 months).
  • Tries to move from one place to another (e.g. crawling, dragging bum, pivoting on the tummy, etc.).
  • Might rock back and forth in an attempt to crawl – backward first, then forward.
  • Begins to crawl (by 6-7 months).
  • Stands with support, when helped into a standing position.
  • Controls upper body and arms (e.g. pushes up with arms, when on tummy).
  • Performs a variety of actions with toys and other objects (e.g. Banging objects, throwing/dropping objects, etc.).
  • Might start clapping hands.
  • Can hold objects with either one or two hands (e.g. holding a bottle to drink).
  • Passes an object from one hand to the other with ease.
  • Palmar Grasp becomes more sophisticated (will be able to pick an object using only thumb, index and middle finger by 9 months).
  • Might begin to develop pincer grip (picking up small items using thumb and first finger).
  • Develops ‘two-object’ focus (able to hold and manipulate object while observing the other one).
  • Is still developing voluntarily release. Might drop objects rather than keeping them down.
  • Tries to leap/pounce on a moving toy.
  • At around 8-9 months, starts using furniture to try to stand (still needs help).
  • Tries to climb steps by crawling.
  • Begins teething – usually starting with the two centre front teeth in the lower jaw, then the two centre front teeth in the upper jaw.

Socio-emotional Development

  • Prefers having the mother/primary caregiver around over others.
  • Might start to show a fear of stranger and become clingy to parents (this is normal and fades away gradually).
  • Becomes upset when parent/caregiver leaves.
  • Might have a special/different smile for familiar adults.
  • Might smile at their own image in a mirror.
  • Might be fussy or cry to changes in emotions or looks of others.
  • Likes to play with adults, especially parents and shows excitement for the same.
  • Waves ‘goodbye’.
  • Starts to develop likes/dislikes (e.g. foods, toys, etc.).
  • Might become protective/possessive of their own things (e.g. toys). 
  • Might engage in attention-seeking behaviors (e.g. making snorting sounds).

Language Development:

  • Responds to hearing sounds (e.g. a telephone ringing).
  • Tries to Imitate speech sounds.
  • Uses sounds/gestures to communicate (e.g. Holds out arms to be picked up and held, points to something).
  • Uses vowel sounds together when babbling (“ah,” “eh,” “oh”).  
  • Makes various vowel sounds, especially “o” and “u”.
  • Enjoys taking turns with a parent while making sounds. 
  • Begins to make two syllable sounds (e.g. ma-ma, ba-ba, da-da) but not necessarily with meaning.

Feeding and Sleeping Information:

  • Shows a readiness for solid foods (e.g. shows interest in foods others are eating).
  • Begins to try solid foods (e.g. banana slices).
  • Begins to drink from a cup (held by a caregiver).
  • Has around 2-3 naps a day, for about one to two hours each. 
  • Might wake up while sleeping at night, and cry.

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