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6 - 9 Months Developmental Milestones, Infant Progress

6 - 9 Months Developmental Milestones

Motor Skills:
Sits unsupported (and strapped in!) highchair
Rolls over from tummy to back and back to tummy (may always roll same direction)
Pulls self to stand, stands leaning on objects
Scoots on belly, crawls by nine months

Fine Motor Skills:
Pincer grasp develops (thumb and forefinger)
Feeds self but not neatly
Interested in gravity (drops toys then watches them fall, looks for them)
Drinks from sippy cup (still needs practice tilting up to get drink)
Manipulates toys well
Distance and color vision is now mature

Social/Verbal Skills:
Makes random consonant-vowel sounds and strings together (ah, ma, ah-ba)
Responds to name
Uses body language to obtain goal (reaches for wanted objects or to be picked up)
Imitates facial expressions

Cognitive Skills:
Begins to plan out play as starts to study toys (may attempt stacking/nesting toys)
Attaches mental image with spoken word (you call the dog, child looks for dog)
Separation/stranger anxiety sets in

How to Please This Age Group:
Walking/being carried in arms or sling (try hip carry once baby can sit well)
Block play
Banging toys together
Rolling on large balls
Patty-Cake, This Little Piggy, other rhyming games
Picking up small items as pincer grasp develops
Finding partially hidden objects

Various Warning Signs/Contact your pediatrician if your baby:
Retains Tonic Neck reflex (head turns to one side, arm on same side straightens, other arm bent) at 7 months
Muscles, limbs appear extremely stiff or loose
Doesn't control head when pulled to sit
Can not sit even with assistance at six months
Does not laugh or squeal at six months
Does not reach for objects or uses only one hand to reach/grab by seven months
Bears no weight on legs by seven months
No babbling at eight months
Shows no interest in games such as Peek-a-Boo at eight months
Extremely resistant to cuddling; shows no affection to caregiver
Gains no enjoyment being around others
Continual drainage or tearing from the eyes
Difficulty with hand-to-mouth coordination

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