Developmental Milestones: 9-12 Months
- He crawls faster. Make sure to have a safe environment for him.
- He may hold himself onto a furniture in order to stand up.
- He can sit for longer periods. He may switch from sitting to standing more easily
- He may even start walking by the end of these three months, although don’t be worried if he doesn’t. Some babies start walking as early as 9 months, while others take their time and may not start until well after their first birthday.
- By12 months, he will pinch and hold small objects between his thumb and index finger and put them into containers
- He will learn to coordinate his head and eyes.
- He will make marks with crayons, turn pages, roll a ball, stack and disassemble toys. Now is a good time to pick up some fun stacking toys to help encourage these fine motor developmental milestones.
- He babbles 2 or 3 words repeatedly. He may point his finger to show something he is interested in
- He may recognize some familiar words: bye bye(lifts arms), No (stops the action he is doing).
- He will react to his name.
- He is beginning to be interested in books and music. He enjoys when you show him a book
- He looks for a toy when you hide it.
- He understands that his parents react to his own reactions: such as crying, laughing.
- He may imitate some of the things other people do: such as trying to feed his teddy bear.
- He starts playing on his own for a short period of time
- He is afraid when he does not see you. He wants his mother to take care of his needs and is scared by strangers. It is normal.
While toys were definitely a major benefit in helping reach those developmental milestones before, they become a vital part of your child’s life now. Toys can help your budding toddler learn while having fun. Choose from developmental toys for babies that are designed to enhance a skill, but also allow some open-ended exploration.