Physical 9-12 Months

Physical: Your baby’s ability to move on their own increases dramatically. As long as the child has discovered a way to move on their own - they could be walking while holding to furniture, scooting on their bottom or crawling. A fun way to explore the new exciting milestones is by providing the baby with indoor and outdoor time. Laying on the grass or touching the sand will also help them with their sensory skills.

Fine Motor Skill: The baby’s curiosity to explore objects (small or big) grows. As their attention span and cognitive development increases, they will spend longer periods of time manipulating objects: flipping, organizing, chewing, poking, twisting and staring. The child may also begin to clap, point at objects or people to try to communicate with others. The improved pincer grasp will help the baby hold on to a spoon or handles of a sippy cup; they will try to eat or drink from a cup by themselves. Your child may show interest in building towers with blocks, they will be able to place 2-3 blocks on top of each other.

Gross Motor Skills: The child is more independent and mobile as they have strengthened the control over their legs and feet. They will be crawling, cruising, walking, kneeling or somewhere in between. The baby may stand without support and move along furniture- holding at the beginning but gradually building confidence to let go. Some children will take their first steps, others need a little more time to improve coordination and balance. Let the baby climb over you or if you choose to, parents may also build a baby appropriate obstacle with pillows, boxes, foam blocks and cushions. The child is now able to see a rolling ball and will try to catch it, this will be a fun activity that promotes physical and emotional (bonding time) development.