7-8 Months

Follow these milestones to see how your baby aligns with these stages of development.

Fine motor skills

  • Shows a strong grip and the ability to pull at things, even against gravity, for example, pulling off fridge magnets
  • May start to pick up objects with a pincer grip
  • May start to drop an object into a hole in a tin
  • May twist and turn wrists and ankles when frustrated

Gross motor skills

  • Can twist and look backwards while in a sitting position
  • Is mobile, using a variety of methods to get around including creeping, scooting, rolling and crawling
  • Rocks back and forth on all fours as a precursor to crawling

Communication and language development

  • Makes sounds like “ma-ma”, “da-da”
  • Starts experimenting with making own facial expressions
  • Blows bubbles and makes a wet razzing sound
  • Enjoys pictures with familiar actions like sleeping or a baby holding a teddy

Social and emotional interaction

  • Starts to blow kisses and loves to give hugs and kisses
  • Reaches out arms when wants to be picked up
  • May start testing authority; very curious about the reaction that she will get
  • Separation anxiety might be a problem at this age

Cognitive development

  • Can engage in hiding games or looking for objects that are partially hidden
  • Realises when an object is missing
  • Loves repetitive games, songs and rhymes
  • Enjoys playing with cause-and-effect toys

Self-help and imitation skills

  • Feeds herself finger food
  • You can start to introduce a sippy cup
  • Will experiment with making different sounds as teeth emerge
  • Imitates clapping hands

8-9 Months

Fine motor skills

  • Likes to explore with objects; shaking, banging, dropping, throwing and gumming them
  • Starts pointing with index finger
  • Uses pincer grip to pick up a small object, then holds it in hand using a fist grip
  • Enjoys packing objects in and out

Gross motor skills

  • Is motivated to move towards objects that are out of reach
  • Is able to move from a lying position on the tummy, into a sitting position
  • May scoot on bum using one hand and one foot
  • May push up from a lying position, onto hands and knees
  • Pulls herself up from a sitting into a standing position while holding onto furniture
  • May start crawling and moving up stairs
  • Moves along in a standing position while holding onto furniture (cruising)
  • Bends knees and sits down after standing

Communication and language development

  • May point to a body part when prompted
  • May point to a favourite toy when prompted
  • Enjoys making spit bubbles

Social and emotional interaction

  • Is more aware of noises in her environment and might get a scare from an unexpected, unfamiliar sound
  • Enjoys laughing at funny faces and noises

Cognitive development

  • Starts imitating with objects in relation to their specific function, for example, holding a phone to the ear
  • Can recognise faces and objects from across the room
  • Loves to play peek-a-boo
  • Will look for and try to find an object that is dropped to the floor

Self-help and imitation skills

  • Imitates clapping hands or claps hands on request
  • May try to hold own bottle
  • May use teeth to bite off pieces of food

9-10 Months

Fine motor skills

  • Enjoys packing objects in and out of containers
  • May start wheeling big toy cars
  • Enjoys playing pass; handing toys back and forth
  • May start stacking rings, but not in order
  • May start rolling a ball back and forth
  • Picks up tiny objects using a pincer grip or lateral prehension grip (thumb and side of index finger)
  • Reaches for a toy above the head

Gross motor skills

  • Will make an effort to get to a toy that is out of reach
  • Is crawling confidently
  • Pulls up from a sitting to a standing position
  • Stands while holding onto furniture
  • Is mobile – creeping, crawling or cruising
  • Moves from tummy to a sitting position independently
  • Opens and closes doors and cupboards

Communication and language development

  • Enjoys rhymes and songs with big gestures – may start to imitate a gesture while singing or rhyming
  • Will babble in conversation style
  • Starts to understand the word, “NO”
  • Makes the following sounds repetitively, “ta-ta”, “ba-ba”, “pa-pa”, “da-da”, “ma-ma”

Social and emotional interaction

  • Separation anxiety is at its peak
  • Is able to communicate wants and needs through gestures, crying, pointing, etc.
  • Personality will start to show
  • Starts to wave goodbye
  • Holds arms out to be picked up
  • May start biting due to teething or out of frustration

Cognitive development

  • Knows the location of toys in room
  • Imitates behaviour of parents
  • Objects when toys are taken away
  • Will search for an object that is dropped to the floor

Self-help and imitation skills

  • Feeds herself finger food
  • Pulls off own socks
  • Starts drinking from a cup
  • Claps hands while singing

These developmental milestones are based on my own experiences with Mia, but it can differ from child to child. I found that the developmental guidelines and articles given by BabyCenter is a very helpful tool to assist in answering questions and concerns regarding your child’s development. I have added some of their guidelines here.