Your Baby's Physical Development 6 to 9 months
Your baby at a glance
Your baby is gaining strength and will start sitting and perhaps crawling. During this stage you are likely to see your baby:
- Working towards sitting without support
- Rolling both ways (from front to back, and from back to front)
- Doing 'push-ups' when lying on his tummy
- Starting to pull her body along using his arms, and may start crawling
- Grasping and shaking toys, and pulling things toward her
- Showing delight in 'discovering' her feet
- Feeding himself e.g. a cracker
- Transferring objects between hands
Your baby’s story
When you help your baby pull up to a sitting position, he will start being able to sit alone for a few moments without toppling over. Eventually (around 8-9 months), he may get into a sitting position himself from lying on the stomach, and stay sitting without support. He also starts rolling over both ways during this stage (front to back and back to front).
Your baby is gaining arm strength and may start crawling, creeping or finding other ways to shuffle forward. She may be eager to stand and if so, she will learn to do this while holding on to someone or something. Your little one is 'discovering' how much fun her feet can be, so she may find lots of entertainment in playing with them and putting her toes in her mouth.
As for fine motor skills, your child may start feeding himself things like a cracker or piece of apple, more likely towards 8 and 9 months. His lips and tongue are very sensitive, helping your baby learn about different textures, tastes and shapes (this is why you may see him "tasting” many different things). When your little one does start eating bits of food himself, be close by. He is still new to this skill and can therefore choke more easily.
You are likely to see your baby pass an object from one hand to another, as well as intentionally reach for objects that are not within immediate reach. She is learning to shake things like a rattle, and will probably enjoy banging things on the table or throwing things on the floor (watching in delight as you pick them up, again and again). If she is very interested in practicing her fine motor skills, she may start her first attempts at the pincer grasp around this age (picking things up with thumb and index finger).
What you can do to support and encourage your baby’s development
Your baby will love to touch and explore different toys and objects to see what he can make happen, so have things around he can shake or bang. Talk about what is happening as he will love to 'talk' about what he did and what he sees in front of him. This helps language development at the same time.
As your baby is becoming more aware of her body and what she can do with her body, it's great to play games that involve physical movement and awareness, such as finding or pointing at her nose, mummy's nose, her tummy, daddy's tummy etc. During nappy change, you can help her 'cycle' with her legs and make up stories about where she's going.
Find safe and unbreakable items (and surfaces) around the house that your baby can use to practice transferring between his hands and banging. You will also find that your baby will love playing the 'pick up' game, where he throws something on the floor and you pick it up again repeatedly.