Physical 6-9 Months

Physical: Exciting times are ahead. Your baby will try to show their “independence” by feeding themselves. The child will use motion of small or large muscles to perform a movement or reach for something. They will also start to creep, scoot, roll or rock. Provide the baby with plenty of safe space to explore.

Fine Motor Skills: The baby will begin to use their pointer finger and thumb , also called pincer grasp. This will ease self-feeding (either by hand or spoon), grabbing of smaller objects and lead to a more controlled grasping. Your child will gain the ability to change objects from one hand to the other. Often, they will bang two objects together as a way of exploring them.

Gross Motor Skills: Once the baby has mastered sitting without support, they will have the balance and confidence to start reaching further for items, encouraging the child to crawl. As they start gaining strength on their large muscles, the child will begin to use furniture around the house to pull into a standing position. Parents can install a pull up bar or have small furniture to offer them a safe environment to exercise their muscles.

* Our professionals suggest that it is essential that the child sits, crawls and walks regardless of the sequence. Experts assure that crawling helps with concentration, memorization and comprehension. The coordination of hands and legs to crawl stimulates both sides of the brain, helping with memorization. As the baby mobility increases, they develop proprioception which helps them understand how their body fits into the environment. Proprioception leads to the increase of abstract thinking and future math skills. Also, because the child visualizes where they wants to go, this enhances the eye-hand coordination - helping with the writing, reading, and body activities in the future.