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Baby Milestone Markers: 8-9 Months

<font size="2" face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Stay on top of your child's development as he turns 8 months old!<br /></font>

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Crawls
  • Starts to climb; may crawl up stairs
  • May put one foot in front of another when in standing position, or when hands are held by an adult
  • Can stand up if holding on to something
  • Sits well in a chair
  • Pivots when sitting
  • Starts to perfect “pincer grasp”—the ability to pick up an object using thumb and forefinger
  • Clasps hands


COGNITIVE AND MENTAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Understands simple instructions
  • Shakes head “no”
  • Examines objects as three-dimensional realities
  • May remember game played the previous day
  • Responds to her name
  • Grows bored with repetition
  • Aware of vertical space; becoming afraid of heights


SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Doesn’t like being confined
  • Wants to play near parent
  • Imitates play
  • Feeds herself some food
  • Deliberately chooses a toy to play with
  • Imitates some sounds, like hisses or coughs
  • Begins to evaluate people’s moods
  • Performs for an audience; repeats actions when applauded

 

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