- Your baby would be crawling by now or atleast trying to do so.
- Her other movements will include shuffling on bottoms, slithering on tummy, or rolling over.
- The eager ones will be pulling themselves up with the support of the furniture.
- The pincer grip is getting defined now.
- She will be able to manage to hold her sippy cup or bottle on her own.
- With mobility and movement will come separation anxiety.
- She will hang on to a fave toy or blanket when mom is not available.
- With active crawling, her hand-eye-foot-body coordination will improve.
- She is especially curious at this stage so give her ample stimulation.
- Her senses are enough developed to help her spot a toy at a distance and move intentionally towards it, independently.
- She has learnt to manipulate toys—nesting cups, rattling, tossing balls.
- She should sleep on average 11-12 hours a day.
- Her anticipation of routines is becoming much sharper.
- Your baby will start to develop her likes and dislikes to sounds, foods etc.
Social and Emotional Development
- The little one may feel shy of strangers.
- When left with a baby-sitter, she will cry for you.
- Her expressions of emotions will include clapping when excited.
- If taught, she will be able blow a kiss to familiar people she’s happy to see.
- He may also start waving goodbye.
- When around another crying baby, she may start whimpering of her own—the first signs of empathy.
Language and Communication
- She will use sounds, gestures and facial expressions to get your attention.
- Since she is now a master of stringing vowels and consonants, you will hear real words such as mama and dada and papa somewhere around this time.
- The baby will continue to experiment with babbling using short syllables (‘da’, ‘ba’, ‘ka’, ‘pa’, ‘ta’).
- She will watch your mouth and lips intently and try to imitate your sounds.
- Breastfeeding can continue even though she will be losing interest soon.
- The baby will enjoy finger foods and self feeding.
- With pincer grip sharpening, she will pick up small things such as raisins and peas.
- Continue adding new fruits and vegetables to her menu.
- Include more textures—mashed, soft chopped fruit, bread etc in her meals.
- On an average, she should have 3 milk feeds and 3 semi solid feeds in a day.
What you can do to boost her development
- Spend time talking, singing and reading books to boost her language skills.
- Play games to reinforce concepts like cause and effect. When a rattle is shaken, it makes a sound.
- Peek-a-boo is a great game to instill object permanence.
- Point out sounds, animal sounds, smells to give her new words.
- Stimulate her with a variety of settings—zoo, schools, parks etc.
- Outdoor play in imperative.
- Take turns to pass a toy to each other, repeating thank-you, this is for you and so on.
- Baby-proof your house so that she can explore to her heart’s will.