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What are the developmental stages of babies from 7 to 12 months?

Babies at this age are curious about everything. As she becomes more coordinated, your baby will begin to interact more with her environment. Her memory improves, and she is also beginning toying with independence, trying to feed herself, for example. And those cute babble sounds your baby makes are actually the beginnings of language development!

Communication and language skills include:

  • Recognizes words for common items such as “cup,” “shoe,” “juice”
  • Responds to name and to simple verbal cues such as “no”
  • Uses simple gestures, such as shaking head for “yes” or “no”
  • Babbles with inflection, to imitate different speech sounds
  • Tries to communicate with actions or gestures
  • Says 1 or 2 words (“ bye-bye,” “dada,” “mama,” “no”) although they may not be clear
  • Uses exclamations, such as “oh-oh!”

Cognitive and intellectual skills include:

  • Explores objects in many different ways, for example, by shaking, banging, throwing, dropping
  • Can play with two toys at once
  • Looks for dropped items, for example, a toy into a basket, food on the floor, or a ball as it rolls away
  • Repeats an action that gets a reaction, for example, knocking over blocks
  • Finds a toy that is covered up
  • Enjoys looking at pictures in books
  • Enjoys games like pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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