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Movement

6M 1Development3Babies put a lot of time and energy into learning how to move in their first year, and they may be standing independently or even walking.

Movement at 6 months

Your baby may:

  • roll over

  • reach out to touch everything near them

  • try to sit up by lifting their head when lying on their back

  • sit with support for short periods, lie on their stomach, and push up with their arms, starting to lift their chest off the ground

  • start to pass toys from hand to hand

  • use both hands together to play (to reach out for, grasp, and chew toys).

Give your baby plenty of floor time, as they’re learning to kick, move, and hold their head up. Give your baby toys they can suck and chew on safely. Your baby is learning a lot by doing this. They’re developing important muscles for eating and talking, and their mouth is a great tool for them to learn about objects.

Movement at 9 months

Your baby may:

  • drop toys to watch them fall (they enjoy dropping food from the highchair or toys from the cot)

  • bang things together

  • clap their hands

  • sit unsupported, using their hands to explore everything within reach

  • look for hidden objects

  • play peek-a-boo

  • start to copy people

  • hold a feeding cup.

Movement at 1 year

Your baby may:

  • move around in their own special way (many babies are crawling, some bottom-shuffle, some walk, some pull themselves along, and others are content to sit and play)

  • pull themselves up to stand, stand while holding onto something, and walk around the furniture

  • wave bye-bye

  • play peek-a-boo

  • look for hidden toys

  • put toys in and out of containers

  • be very curious, wanting to look at and touch everything

  • pick up small objects with their thumb and first finger.

Be there for your baby, but also let them figure things out for themselves. When your baby first learns to pull themselves up to stand, they may cry for help or drop back down. They’ll soon learn to get back up. Keep your curious baby safe. Their curiosity will help them to learn, but they can now get themselves into many dangerous places. Also, keep an eye out for small objects that your baby could pick up and choke on.

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