Infant growth & development 8–12 months
Little ones get their first taste of independence as they learn to go mobile. Get ready! The baby is on the move:
Babies sit up without your support and then crawl. Many pull themselves up and hold onto furniture to move from place to place. By the end of this stage, little ones point, gesture and move toward what they want. Some take their first independent steps before the age of 1.
Pass the o-shaped cereal
Infants pick up small objects with their thumbs and fingers – what’s known as the pincer grasp. As they learn to use their hands, babies delight in repeatedly dropping and throwing things. Objects often end up in their mouths, so it’s time to make sure the house is childproofed for safety.
Around this time, babies get anxious when parents leave. This is normal. A good way to exit is to give a hug and kiss and say goodbye quickly. Infants might cry for a few minutes, but most stop once a caregiver is able to distract them.
You’re about to hear those first priceless words, “mama” or “dada.”
Babies love peek-a-boo, patty-cake and the sound of your voice. Talk to your infant and ask questions throughout the day. Read, look at picture books and sing songs. Hug and continue to hold your little one skin to skin. Your love and attention offer a sense of wellness and security.