Personal and Social Skills
- Smiles at self in mirror
- Enjoys peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake
- Becomes attached to a particular toy or object
- Begins to fear strangers
- Provide a safe, peaceful environment.
- Avoid violent, angry sounds.
- Hug and cuddle baby often.
- Smile at and talk with baby.
- Play How Big Is Baby, Peek-a-Boo, Pat-a-Cake.
- Let baby play in front of large, secured mirror.
- When you introduce new people to baby, allow time for baby to get used to the new person while you are still there.
- Play with baby during routine activities (diapering, bathing, dressing).
Language and Understanding Skills
- Starts imitating sounds
- Uncovers toy that is hidden by cloth
- Responds to own name (by looking, smiling, turning head, reaching)
- Vocalizes to self when alone
- Recognizes one or two specific names for people (mama, dada)
- Look at picture books with baby. (Avoid letting young children watch television.)
- Sing songs to baby.
- Play Hide-n-Seek with toys under cloth.
- Use different tones when expressing approval, disapproval, happiness, and other emotions.
- Imitate baby’s jabbering.
- Identify people by name.
Small Muscle Skills (Fine Motor)
- Holds and feeds self a biscuit or other safe food
- Rakes or scoops small objects
- Grasps objects with thumb and two fingers (inferior pincer grasp)
- Give baby the opportunity to pick up safe foods (dry cereal, crackers) and feed self.
- Let baby play with simple books made of cloth, cardboard, or vinyl.
- Provide small toys and other objects for baby to pick up-but make sure they are too big for baby to swallow.
Large Muscle Skills (Gross Motor)
- Sits unaided for a short time
- May creep or crawl
- Gets into a standing position by pulling up on furniture or an adult’s hands
- Maintains a standing position by holding onto furniture or an adult’s hands
- Rocks back and forth when on hands and knees
- Plays with feet while lying on back
- Encourage baby to pull up to a standing position by talking to baby and holding a favorite toy for baby to reach for.
- Place a toy out of reach and encourage baby to try to get the toy by crawling to it.
- Allow baby to stand holding on to furniture.
- Allow lots of room and safe places for baby to crawl and explore (supervised).
- Childproof your home, putting dangerous items out of baby’s reach.
Above are some examples of a child’s development between 6-9 months. It is important to remember that not all children develop at the same pace. If you have a concern regarding your child’s development please contact call 2-1-1 and ask for Help Me Grow. For more information of developmental milestones feel free to visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.