7 To 12 Month Baby Milestones

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Baby Milestones: Sit Up On Her Own

baby Milestones Sit Up On Her Own

Baby Milestones Sit Up On Her Own

Baby at 5 to 6 months may sit up for a few seconds without support but she still won’t be able to balance herself well yet. However, by 7 to 8 months, she will get stronger and balance herself sitting up very well without support. She will also able to rise from a lying to a sitting position on her own.

Encourage your baby sitting up by practicing plenty of tummy time to build head, neck, shoulder and back muscles. Once baby can sit up, have her play with toys so she has a chance to practice balancing herself reaching and grabbing toys.

 

Things That Can Help

  • Sit up toys

 

Baby Milestones: Crawling

Baby Milestones Crawling

Baby Milestones Crawling

Baby will start crawling between 7 to 10 months, usually around 9 months. Some babies may skip crawling and go straight to standing and cruising. Baby will crawl slowly first but as the months go by, she will crawl at super speed!  Once she gets hang of crawling, she will want to explore everywhere. Be sure to baby-proof the house for baby’s safety. If you don’t want baby to go everywhere in the house, you may want to put a fence around the designated area so baby can play only in that area.

Help your baby to crawl by practice lots of tummy time. She may try to crawl on her tummy first. You can also have her sit up and play. She may lean over forward and discover positions to crawl. Also, encourage your baby to crawl by placing her favorite toy a little out of reach from the baby. She may be motivated to get the toy and try to get it.

Things That Can Help

  • Non-Toxic play mats
  • Gates
  • Fences
  • Baby proofing for furnitures
  • Crawling toys

 

Baby Milestones: Pulling Herself Up and Standing With Support

Baby Milestones Pulling Herself Up and Standing With Support

Baby Milestones Pulling Herself Up and Standing With Support

Between 9 to 12 months, baby will pull herself up and stand with support.  She will also bend her knees and sit after standing. Usually pulling up and standing happens around 9 to 10 months. When she first starts to stand, she will need a support. She will probably stand by holding onto a piece of furniture.

Assist her in practicing pulling self up and standing with support by giving her lots of free play time. It will be helpful to have a piece of furniture such as a couch near by so she can practice pulling herself up and standing by holding onto that furniture. Placing her favorite or interesting toy on top of the couch will also encourage her to find a way to grab it. She will be practicing balancing her body to while standing. Therefore, always stay close to your baby in case she falls. Also, be sure to have nothing unsafe around her.

Things That Can Help

  • Standing toys
  • Baby activity tables
  • Jumpers
  • Exersaucers

Baby Milestones: Cruising & Standing Without Support

Baby Milestones Cruising & Standing Without Support

Baby Milestones Cruising & Standing Without Support

Once she can pull herself up and stand between 9 to 12 months, she will start cruising by holding onto a piece of furniture. First, she will start with one piece of furniture but as she gains more confidence, she will try to cruise further by holding onto the next available furniture.  As her leg muscles get stronger and she can balance herself better, she will stand without support.

Help your baby build leg muscles and practice balancing herself. Give her plenty of free play time so she can practice and discover cruising & standing without support. Place interesting or baby’s favorite toys at different locations on the couch so she can try to retrieve the toys.

 

Things That Can Help

  • Jumpers
  • Activity Tables
  • Walkers

Baby Milestones: Walking

Baby Milestones Walking

Baby Milestones Walking

Soon after she can stand without the support, she will be able to take the first step. At this stage, she is still learning to balance her body but this time without support. Balance is something that she will continue to practice during this time. When she takes the first step and starts walking, be sure to watch her at all times. She could fall many times and injure herself. Again, baby-proof the the house for baby’s safety. She could place her hand on something for support and things can collapse on top of her or she could hit her face on something.

You can help your baby make the first step. You could stand her up at the one side of the room and encourage her to come over to you. You can also have her practice walking with walkers. When she starts to taking steps and walk, practice barefoot first at home. Then have her wear shoes every time when you go out with your baby. That will get her to get used to wearing shoes and also start practicing walking.

Things That Can Help

  • Walkers
  • First shoes

Baby Milestones: Saying The First Word

Baby Milestones Saying The First Word

Baby Milestones Saying The First Word

Baby usually says the first word around her first birthday. However, baby can say the first word anywhere between 9 months to 14 months. The first word will be something simple like ‘mama (mommy)’ or ‘dada  (daddy)’. Before saying the first word, baby will babble and vocalize the sounds.

For baby to learn the sounds and words, read her lots of stories and sing her nursery rhymes.  Also, talk to your baby by describing things you are doing or looking at.  Encourage communication with your baby. You can also teach your baby baby signs so that she can further communication with you.

 

Things That Can Help

  • Baby board books
  • Baby nursery rhymes
  • ​Baby signs

Baby Milestones: Eating On Her Own And Drinking On Her Own In Sippy Cup

Baby Milestones Eating On Her Own And Drinking On Her Own In Sippy Cup

Baby Milestones Eating On Her Own And Drinking On Her Own In Sippy Cup

Between 8 to 12 months, baby can pick up food with her index finger and her thumb. You can start placing food in front of her and have her pick up food from the table and eat it. Some parents do baby-led weaning right from the start, skipping purees and spoon-feeding.

Baby-led weaning is feeding method that skips purees and spoon-feeding and start feeding minced or finger food to a baby. Then the baby can pick it up from the table and eat it on her own. Baby decides how much she eats.

Also, when you are starting solids, you can have your baby drink water out of a sippy cup. The goal is to have your baby move on from a bottle to a sippy cup at 1 year. Assist her practice eating with fingers and drink out of a sippy cup so she can eat and drink independently at 1 year.

Things That Can Help

  • ​Baby-led weaning books and recipes
  • Baby snacks
  • Baby plates & place mats
  • Sippy cups

 

Baby Milestones: Sleeping In Own Bedroom

Baby Milestones Sleeping In Own Bedroom

Baby Milestones Sleeping In Own Bedroom

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends baby to sleep in parents’ room ideally for the first year, at least for the first 6 months. Research shows baby sleeping in the same room as her parents reduces SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). (read more here.) However, research also shows that babies sleep in their own room at 6 to 12 months slept longer than babies who sleep in the same room as their parents.

Baby’s separation anxiety and desire to be with mom and dad is highest at 1 year. Therefore,  changing the sleeping room all of the sudden during this time may be stressful for the baby. Instead of having your baby try sleeping in her own room at her 1 year, you can try a little earlier between 6 to 12 months. Again, this is only if parents want baby to sleep in her own room. Many parents believe in benefits of co-sleeping too. If you are fine with baby sleeping with you, you don’t have to change. However, you may want to think about when you want her to sleep in her own room later down the road.

Things That Can Help

  • Baby cribs
  • Baby crib mattresses
  • Baby monitors
  • Sleep training books

 

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