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6 to 12 months

Below you will find a list ofdevelopmental milestones from 6 months through 12 months. Keep in mind that notall children develop at the same time and will progress through these stages attheir own pace. However, if you have concerns about your child’s development, it is important to talk with your child’s doctor. 

Developmental Milestones

Rolls from back to front                                                                     Bats/swings at hanging toys

Holds head/chest up on forearms                                                       Finds toy/object hidden by cloth  
Sits by him/herself (may use hands to support him/herself)              Responds to a specific person

Gets to hands/knees position                                                              Understands "no"

Imitates pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo                                                    Responds to "bye-bye"

Becomes fearful of strangers and new situations                               Babbles ("Baba-Baba")

Smiles at him/herself in mirror                                                           Enjoys imitating sounds

Transfers objects from one hand to another                                        First words appear

Holds object in each hand and bangs together                                    Feeds him/herself a bottle

Removes objects from containers


Learning Activities


6 to 12 months

·        Read, read, and read to baby. Babies enjoy hearing the same stories over and over again. Point to and name objects on each page.

·        Use baby’s name during all kinds of activities so baby comes to recognize it: “Kyle is smiling,”  “Carla’s eyes are wide open.”

·        Provide toys, rattles and household items that make noise as baby shakes or waves them.

·        Play and move to radio or taped music with baby; dance in front of mirror, describing movements to baby

·        Play This little piggy, Where’s baby’s (nose,eye, hand) and other games invented on the spot (take turns shaking rattle, gently rubbing foreheads)

·        Teach baby simple games and gestures (wave good-bye, blow kisses, play pat-a-cake)

·        Provide new objects for baby to feel and manipulate. Include variety of textures (hard,soft, furry, rough) and different materials (paper to tear, aluminum foil tocrinkle)

·        Provide simple, brightly colored toys that have buttons for baby’s to push (toytelephones, music boxes, jack in the box)

·        Provide toys that stack or have lids



Taken from:  Allen, K. E. and L. R. Marotz.(2000). By the Ages:  Behavior and development of children pre-birth through eight. Albany:Delmar Thomson Learning.