- She will be able to use both her hands independently of each other.
- This can lead to her holding two different objects in both hands at the same time.
- You will be surprised at the speed with which she will be able to crawl.
- Cruising, shuffling sideways will continue happening from previous month.
- Coordination of limbs and movement would have improved greatly.
- She will spot something and go to pick it up—all intentionally.
- She is fast becoming an independent little person who moves, play and communicates easily.
- You will be able to gather a sense of her personality—outgoing, calm, determined etc.
- While she has mastered moving objects, she will also master intercepting their movement.
- She will drop objects at will, and also hand them to you when asked for.
- Stacking cups will not be much of a challenge with repeated practice.
- She will be great at mimicking you—whether you are combing your hair or brushing your teeth.
Emotional and Social Development
- Babies become very sensitive to emotions here—especially mother’s.
- If you cry, her face will crumple too.
- If a toy delights you, she will bring it again and again to you.
- Her separation anxiety will only increase as will stranger anxiety.
- Other kids will delight her unless there is a common toy in between.
- She will very well relate with familiar people—grandparents, househelp, neighbor.
Language and Communication
- She can understand simple words such as hello, bye-bye, yes, no and respond to them.
- She will be able to nod her head in agreement or shake it sideways to show disagreement too.
- She will respond to simple instructions such as ‘Get your shoes from the room.’
- Simple words—car, dog, outdoors, bath—will make complete sense to her.
- A regular eating pattern would have developed now.
- She will have started showing preference for sweet or salty foods.
- She may not enjoy spoon feeding anymore and would want to eat on her own.
- Signs of fussiness around food will start showing up.
- Encourage self feeding—using fingers or spoons.
- 3 meals, interspersed with 2 snacks, including milk, should be fine.
What you can do to boost her development
- Talk about what your baby wants when she points at something.
- Play peek-a-boo/hide-and-seek to boost her visual memory.
- From one-sided talking move to having real conversations with her now.
- Discuss her food, wait for her response and so on.
- Turn on music—babies love bouncing and bopping to rhythms now.
- Create an exploration safe house.
- Read together.
- Spend lots of time outdoors.