Q&A With Dr Aliya: Milestones For Baby’s First Year—Part 2

We look at the major milestones your baby should be reaching from 6 to 12 months of age

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Q. I am wondering if my baby is reaching her major physical developmental milestones “on time”.  What is considered normal when it comes to reaching milestones?  Is there anything I can do to help her along the way?

A. Last week, we discussed the milestones your baby should reach during the first six months of their lives. This week we are going to look at the action packed next six months of your baby’s

You may notice the most drastic changes in your baby’s physical development occur between 6 to 12 months. It’s at this time that she will begin to interact with and explore the world around her, so now is the time to make sure you’ve baby-proofed your home! Six months of age is also the time most pediatricians recommend introducing solids. These added calories help fuel your little one’s added mobility (sitting, standing, walking). 

Here is a brief guideline of physical milestones between 6 months to 1 year as well as some encouraging activities to help along the way!

6 to 9 months

  • Sitting up (either unsupported or using her hands)
  • Supports weight and bounces up and down when held standing
  • Begins early crawling (“creeping” or “commando crawling”)
  • Picks up objects with index finger and thumb (pincer grip)
  • Combines skills (moves from sitting to crawling and vice versa)
  • May begin to pull herself up to standing
  • Encouraging activities: use certain foods (cheerios, peas) to enhance pincer grip, give baby lots of space to play, put toys just out of reach to encourage crawling, teach cause and effect (eg. balls roll, pushing buttons on toys that make sounds)

9 to 10 months

  • Crawling continues; now on hands and knees
  • Reaches for objects while crawling (can support weight on one hand)
  • Stands up and cruises around furniture with 2 hands (assisted walking)
  • Begins to poke and prod with fingers
  • Encouraging activities: play games like “peek-a-boo” and “hide and seek”, play with blocks (to encourage use of hands)

10 to 12+ months

  • May take first steps between 10 to 15 months
  • Able to throw objects intentionally
  • Stands well and is able to stand or walk while carrying objects
  • Attempts to stack blocks, turn pages in book, open cupboards/drawers
  • Encouraging activities: encourage play with a wide range of objects and toys, self-play, provide toys that emphasize mobility (wheeled toys to push), try co-ordination activities (tearing paper, drumming, kicking balls), introduce new sensory experiences (touch, smell, sounds)

Of all the other first-year developmental milestones, parents worry most about walking. Many babies will begin to take those first independent steps around the time of their first birthday, anywhere between 10 to 15 months.

Often a child’s temperament may influence their development. A baby with an outwardly impulsive or “risk-taking” personality may be an early walker while a baby with an easygoing nature may approach walking more cautiously.

Whatever the case, remember that these first year milestones will fly by and that precious bundle of joy you welcomed into the world 12 months ago will (or has) become a walking, talking toddler!

Do you have a question for Dr. Aliya? Send an email to editor@babypost.com with Dr. Aliya in the subject line and check back every Thursday to see what Dr. Aliya is writing about each week!

A health practitioner, chiropractor and acupuncturist with a distinct integrative care approach, Aliya brings extensive experience in pre-natal and pediatric wellness to her clinical practice at Restore Integrative Health in Toronto. She is also a runner, yoga instructor and new mother.

Visit her website at draliyavisram.com or follow her on Twitter @DrAliyaVisram or on Instagram @DrAliyaVisramDC

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