Milestones: 6-9 months

  • Date Posted:  March 27th, 2012
  • Category:  6-9 Months

Your baby is learning so many new things right now that he might decide to wake up in the middle of the night just to practice.  Another common reason for waking up:  your baby has hit another growth spurt and is hungry.  At around 6 months of age your baby is ready for solid foods.  By the end of the 9th month your baby will most likely be on the move!  Most babies at this age are starting to crawl; or creep, or scooch, or slide.  You might be surprised at just how creative your baby can be at finding ways to get from one place to another.   If you haven’t taken the time to babyproof your home now is the time to do so.   If your baby doesn’t seem to be hitting these milestones be sure to mention it to your babies healthcare provider.


Overall Growth:

  • Baby continues to grow and gain weight
  • The first teeth appear
  • Baby is ready for solid foods-purred at first, avoid hard foods that may pose a chocking hazard

Motor Skill:

  • Sits unassisted
  • Starting to pull self up and weight-bear  on legs
  • Crawls (or more importantly tries to move from one place to another)
  • Can transfer an object from one hand to the other
  • Eats with hands
  • Can use a ‘sippy’ cup

Social/Language Skills:

  • Babbles – combines  syllables
  • Says “mama” or “dada” but not always referring to the correct person
  • Often babies develop “stranger anxiety” around this age
  • May start to use gestures or sounds to express needs instead of crying


  • Curious and eager to explore the world around them
  • Drops things intentionally to see what happens- both  with the object and your reaction
  • Understands  the concept of object permanence and will look for a toy that is hidden
  • Recognizes familiar people

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