- From scooting, crawling, rolling to dragging herself on her belly, your infant is exploring the world as much as she can.
- She will be able to sit up unassisted.
- With a bit of training, she will manage to hold her sippy cup and even a spoon sometimes.
- An adventurous child will cruise along the edge of furniture and pull herself ready to walk.
- Music will make her rock back and forth as a show of enjoyment.
- Raking movement will help her pull objects closer more deftly.
- Formation of pincer grip will start to set in.
- They will be able to clap freely.
- There will be improved hand-eye coordination.
- Though tiring for you, she will repeat a task over and over again at this age—repetition is the way they learn.
- Babies at this age become wary of strangers and will not stay with them.
- They learn meanings behind simple things: hug, bye bye, hello, hie.
- A better understand of cause and effect movements will develop.
- They are smart enough to learn the dropping things will elicit a response from the audience.
- She will wait for a reaction when she bangs the table or makes a sound.
- She will want to explore the concept of object permanence more and more.
- Uncovering partially hidden objects will be fun and learning for her.
- Exploring objects with hands and mouth will be frequent.
Emotional and Social Development
- Social play—play in a group with familiar people—will become a favourite activity.
- Her reactions to your emotions will charm you to no end.
- Her love for looking at herself in the mirror will grow more.
- Though wary of strangers, she will respond to them, when nestled securely in your lap.
Language and Communication
- A variety of voices—grumbling, whining, moaning—will get added to her repertoire.
- Around this time they will learn to respond to their names.
- Her language will flourish: she will strong long babbling sentences together.
- She will tune into your voice and mimic the sounds you make.
- Simple instructions such as let’s go, no will make sense to her.
- Introduce more soft foods to her diet.
- Bring in more vegetables and fruits in her food menu.
- Give appropriate finger foods such as banana slices, paneer chunks.
- Continue breastfeeding if comfortable or milk as advised by the doctor.
- 3-5 feedings of milk, interspaced with food should be good.
- Sips of water can be offered.
- Since teething is on, do not offer bottle at bed time.
What you can do to boost her development:
- Have adequate tummy time.
- Make baby do assisted sit-ups.
- Encourage self feeding to boost her pincer grip and also for future.
- Continue to name objects to boost her language.
- Reading should gain more prominence in her schedule.
- Use everyday things—pots, pans, laundry basket as play things. The more exposure to textures, sounds, materials, the better it is for the baby.
- Start eating meals together with family.
- Get down on all fours to encourage baby to crawl/move.