What most babies do by this age:
- Acts differently towards strangers than with you
- Holds out arms to be picked up
- Responds to and often imitates a parent’s emotions
- Likes to look at self in a mirror
- Responds to sounds by making sounds like “da”, “ga” , “ba”
- Responds to own name
- Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure
- Looks around at things nearby
- Brings things to mouth
- Reaches out for objects in front of her
- Begins to pass things from one hand to the other
- Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front)
- Begins to sit without support
- When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce
WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO
- Be predictable and consistent when you interact with your baby.
- Cuddle, talk, sing, and play with your baby while feeding, dressing and bathing.
- Read to your baby. Look and talk about pictures.
- Establish routines for sleeping and feeding.
- Smile when your baby smiles and copy sounds.
- Learn your baby’s moods – keep doing what makes your baby happy; calm your baby when he/she is upset.
- Play on the floor with your baby every day. Put your baby on his/her tummy or back and put toys just out of reach to encourage rolling and reaching.
- Help your baby to sit or support with pillows; let your baby look around or give toys to look at while balancing.
- Imitate your baby’s sounds and say words with those sounds (if she says “bah,” say bottle and book).
- Look at and read books with your baby.
- When your baby looks at something, point to it and talk about it.
- Pick up a toy when your baby drops it on the floor and give it back to help teach cause-and-effect.