Developmental Skills for Infants and Babies 9-12 Months

Developmental Skills for Babies 9-12 Months Old
Developmental Skills for 9-12 Months

Social and Emotional

qShy or anxious around strangers
qCries when parent(s) leave
qImitates people while playing
qDevelops preference for toys/people
qTests responses during feedings and to behavior (drops cut several times)
qMay show fear in some situations
qRepeats sounds or gestures to gain attention

Speech and Language

qResponds to simple requests (give me the ball)
qResponds to “no”
qAppears to pay more attention to speech
qJargon appears (babbling which mimics the tone, pitch, and intonation of adult speech)
qProduced 1 or 2 words and/or exclamations (e.g. mama, dada, uh-oh!)
qTries to imitate sounds or words
qLooks at correct object when named
qResponds to name by looking when his or her name is heard


qAppears to see well
qAppears to hear well
qDrinks from a cup
qFinger feeds self


qExplores objects in different ways (shakes, bangs, throws, drops)
qFinds a hidden object easily
qLooks at correct picture when named
qImitates gestures
qDemonstrates understanding of object use (drinks from cup, talks on phone)

Gross Motor

qAble to get into sitting position without help
qAble to get in hands and knees position
qCrawls forward on stomach
qPulls self up to stand
qWalks holding on to furniture
qStands without help
qTake two or three steps without help

Fine Motor

qUses pincer grasp (holding object between pointer finger and thumb)
qBangs two objects together
qPlaces object in a container with hand resting on edge
qTakes objects out of a container
qLets go of objects on purpose
qPokes/ points with index finger
qBegins to copy scribbling

Each child develops at his/her own pace. Do not be alarmed if your child does not follow this exact sequence. If you have concerns about your child’s development, contact your doctor

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