9 to 12 Months

9 months baby gains the expertise in grasping things with his little thumb and forefinger. He can then stand up holding on to something. Little starts start cruising along holding the mommy’s hands or holding the bed. Legs of the baby are getting the required strength and baby is becoming confident to walk alone one fine day. Adorable babbles have started making some sense.

Your dream of listening to "mama" sound from your baby's mouth can be fulfilled soon along this timeline. It is extremely exhilarating to see your little girl talking to her personal doll with a lady like “uh-oh” chitchats. Don’t forget to say bye to your loved one when you are going away. You will be amused to see the little hands waving in response.

Physical growth / Movement

  • Can come to sitting position and keep sitting without help
  • Stands holding a table, bed or parent’s hand
  • Pulls up to standing position holding something
  • Can walk holding the furniture or in walker (cruising along)
  • May stand without support
  • May take a few steps without support
  • Grasp things with thumb and forefinger

Social / Emotional skills

  • Express shyness or nervousness in front of strangers
  • Cries when parents go away
  • Likes certain people and prefer some toys
  • Displays fear in presence of strangers
  • Attention seeking
  • Imitate sounds and actions of others
  • Responsive to activities going around
  • Plays games with parents and others like “peek-a-boo” and “pat-a-cake”

Vocal / Communication skills

  • Understands and respond to simple commands like “Get this” or “Don’t do this”
  • Shakes head to say “no” or wave hands to say “bye-bye”
  • Calls mama and dada
  • Says exclamatory remarks like “uh-oh!”
  • Tries to repeat the words

Cognitive (learning, thinking and problem-solving) skills

  • Explores toys and things by shaking, banging and throwing
  • Can point to the right picture when it is named
  • Imitates gestures and sounds
  • Able to find hidden things easily
  • Can drink from a cup
  • Brush hair
  • Collide 2 things together
  • Drop things in the box and also take things out of the box
  • May eat with a spoon