Your Baby's First Year Milestone
(8 To 12 Months Baby)
baby first year growth, baby first year , baby development

baby first year growth, baby first year , baby development
The baby begins to say 'dada' and 'mama' to the right parents and understands simple instructions.

baby first year growth, baby first year, baby development
baby first year growth, baby first year, baby development

8 months   baby first year growth, baby first year , baby development

Seeing and hearing

  • Knows when you are displeased or happy with her by the tone of your voice

Motor skills

  • Likes toys which fit into one another, like different shaped of containers
  • Emptying things is a favourite game
  • May be climbing the stairs
  • She knows her way around familiar rooms and may be able to crawl across them rapidly
  • Pulls on anything she can lay her hands on to try to sit or stand up

Verbal and social skills 

  • Starts to make word-like sounds, with 'mama' often being the first
  • Adores babbling on a toy phone
  • Has learnt that when you disappear for a while, you will come back

9 months  baby first year growth, baby first year , baby development

Seeing and hearing

  • Easily distinguishes objects from one  another by sight
  • Realises that certain sounds signal particular events of the day, for example the front doorbell ringing means daddy is home from work

Motor skills

  • Babies at this age use a variety of different ways to move around: some creep on their hands and knees, some slide on their bottoms and some drag themselves along with their arms
  • Able to climb over and around objects
  • Better hand control means she's able to pick up small objects, such as spoons
  • Begins to learn the properties of different objects, for example that paper crinkles and rattles should be shaken
  • Likes some toys better than others and may have a favourite toy

Verbal and social skills 

  • Responds to simple questions: Ask 'where's daddy?' and she will look to where he is
  • If you say 'Give me the ball', she will pass it to you. This can soon develop into passing games
  • Babbles names she hears often 'ma ma ma' or 'pa pa pa'

10 months  baby first year growth, baby first year , baby development

Seeing and hearing

  • Recognizes small objects even when they are partially hidden
  • Knows which way up things should be. If you hand her a cup upside down, she'll turn it over
  • Recognizes family members by voice
  • Good at telling where sounds are coming from

Motor skills

  • May be walking or will, at least, be able to creep while carrying something
  • Easily pulls herself to a standing position and may be able to balance without holding on
  • Grips objects with thumb and forefinger
  • Stacking games are a big favourite
  • Likes filling things up (and then, emptying them again)
  • Loves dropping things and listening to the clatter

Verbal and social skills 

  • Enjoys mimicking and tries to copy new sounds and words
  • Understands some words and enjoys responding to them such as 'Wave bye-bye to daddy'
  • More confident about leaving you for longer periods, as she explores the house 

11 months  baby first year growth, baby first year , baby development

Seeing and hearing

  • Very interested in any new sights and sounds

Motor skills

  • If walking, she likes you to hold both hands to help her balance
  • Dropping and throwing objects are still favourite games

Verbal and social skills 

  • Uses meaningful sounds to give you message. For example, she may point and make excited noises if you take her away from a toy she was playing with
  • Begins to understand catchy phrases in songs, such as 'all fall down' in a Ring-a-Roses
  • Attaches meaning to single words
  • Enjoys being read to with bright picture books

12 months  baby first year growth, baby first year , baby development

Seeing and hearing

  • Likes making different sounds by tapping a spoon against a bowl, a chair or a plate
  • Amuses herself by practising different voices, such as talk-like jabbering, a high-pitched sing-song, or a loud, shrill shout

Motor skills

  • Can easily climb on to chairs and sofas
  • Still throws thing, but is now also interested in where they land
  • Starts to 'pretend play'. For example, she'll make 'vroom-vroom' noises, as she pushes a toy car across the floor
  • Can probably scribble with a pencil, open a cupboard; pull a leaf off a plant and scoop up water with a toy

Verbal and social skills 

  • May well have spoken her first word, if she hasn't, she'll understand some languages, such as family names
  • Knows specific commands like 'show me' and will respond to them
  • Now understands the meaning of the word ' no', which may cause tears or anger
  • Loves playing with other children, but is not yet capable of sharing toys
  • Likes to tease by offering something (such as biscuit) and then whisking it away
  • Mimics more and more actions and facial expressioins

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