What most babies do by this age: Social: May be afraid of strangers May be clingy with familiar adults Has favorite toys Imitate behaviors like waving Communication: Understands “no” Makes a lot of different sounds like “mamamama” and “bababababa” Copies sounds and gestures of others Uses fingers to point at things Problem-solving Watches the path of something as it falls Looks for things she sees you hide Plays peek-a-boo Puts things in his mouth Moves things smoothly from one hand to the other Picks up things like between thumb and index finger Movement: Stands, holding on Can get into sitting position Sits without support Pulls to stand Crawls WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO Be available, responsive and gentle with your baby. Continue with routines so that your baby feels safe and secure. Stay close by as your baby explores and moves around so he/she knows that you are near. Name feelings like happy, mad or sad. Talk about what your baby wants when he/she points at something. Copy your baby’s sounds and words, and also say the words clearly and correctly. Talk to your baby about what you are seeing or doing. Look at and read books with your baby. Play games, sing songs and say rhymes with your baby Put your baby close to furniture to safely use it to pull up to stand. Child-proof your home. Teach cause and effect by rolling balls back and forth or putting blocks in and out of containers.