Activities for Babies at 9-12 Months
The activities for babies at 9-12 months include lots of ways to help your baby’s physical development. At this age/stage, you will see that your baby is much quicker at moving around. They will start to use anything they can to pull themselves up to standing – including you! They will also be cruising along furniture and may even take their first steps unaided. It’s an exciting time and you will need eyes in the back of your head! It’s also the best time to make sure your house is baby proofed.
Developmental milestones your baby is likely to achieve at this stage include:
- Pulls themselves up to sitting and standing
- Bangs, drops or throws objects
- Picks things up with a pincer grasp
- Crawls well
- Says “Dada” and “Mama” to the right person
- Plays pat-a-cake
- Points at objects
- Imitates others activities
Remember that this is just a guide and all babies develop differently. They may be doing every one of these things at 10 months old. Or they may not be doing any and that’s Ok. You never look at an adult and say “well I can tell that you didn’t crawl until you were 11 months old!” So who cares if your baby isn’t crawling yet? It will happen!
However, if you are concerned about your baby’s development, please seek advice from a health professional such as your health visitor.
One of the most important things you can do to help your baby’s learning is to follow their interests. So, if they love to bang things but can’t drop objects yet, focus on giving them more opportunities to bang things. This is why you will see some of the activity ideas include everyday objects like pegs – my 10 month old loves them!