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Dr. Lise Eliot
Early Childhood Mental Development Expert
VTech Expert Panel Member
Between 6 and 9 months, your baby will begin to sit and play much more independently. Their sense of humor emerges and babies become very social as their language comprehension rapidly grows.
Here are some typical milestones you may see in your 6 - 9 month old:
Language & Cognitive Development
  • Understands family member’s names and familiar words such as “blankie” and “bottle”
  • Responds appropriately to own name
  • Babbling becomes more complex and may contain a recognizable “mama” or “dada”
  • Explores their environment using all senses
  • Holds a book and vocalizes or pats pictures while being read to
Physical & Motor Development
  • Sits independently and may begin to crawl
  • Stands while holding onto a low table or sturdy toy
  • Begins holding objects between thumb and forefinger (pincer grasp)
Social & Emotional Development
  • Follows your attention when you are looking at something
  • Enjoys “peek-a-boo” and other surprise games
  • Fusses when Mom or Dad leaves the room
Remember your child is a wonderful, unique individual and may not exhibit every one of these milestones. A wide range of behaviors is considered normal and some children will demonstrate certain abilities earlier or later than this schedule. Should you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please ask your pediatrician or family physician.