Ages 6-9 Months

Following are information, activities and resource links for the five main areas of development for infants ages 6-9 months old.

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5 Areas of Development


Communication Skills

  • Responds with gesture to “want up?”
  • Beginning to wave in response to “bye bye”
  • Understands simple words, listens to adult conversation
  • Begins to make 2-syllable sounds (ma, ba, goo)
    and may use longer, repeated babbling (dadadada)

Fine Motor Skills

  • Claps hands together
  • Bangs object on table
  • Transfers object hand to hand
  • Feeds self finger foods

Gross Motor Skills

  • Crawls forward/backward
  • Makes stepping movements when supported
  • Sits without support for several minutes
  • Pulls to stand, but can be hard to get back down
  • Stands up when leaning against something

Personal Social Skills

  • Recognizes familiar faces and begins to know if
    someone is a stranger
  • Likes to play with others, especially parents
  • Responds to others’ emotions
  • Likes to look at self in mirror
  • May get upset when you leave even for a short
    time, but is relieved when you return
  • May show frustration if a toy rolls away and cannot
    see it

Problem Solving Skills

  • Looks around at things nearby
  • Explores objects by putting in mouth
  • Watches the path of something as it falls
  • Looks for things that they see you hide
  • Shows understanding of “in” and “out”


Communication Activities

  • Imitate the sounds your baby makes
  • Make different faces with baby
  • Sing to your baby and play music
  • Play social games (pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo)
  • Talk to baby throughout the day, describe things you
    are doing

Fine Motor Activities

  • Offer your baby a rattle to hold
  • Let your baby feel many different textures
  • Offer small bits of food or small objects to pick up to
    develop pincer grasp

Gross Motor Activities

  • Allow for floor time play several times a day
  • While on the floor, provide toys out of reach to encourage
    your baby to crawl
  • Hold baby in a standing position, encourage bouncing
    up and down and stepping motions
  • Encourage your baby to pull to stand in crib and later
    on a heavy piece of furniture
  • When standing, hold a toy just out of reach to encourage
    your baby to walk along crib or furniture to get the

Personal Social and Problem Solving Activities

  • Allow baby to see self and touch mirror, use baby’s
    name and identify body parts
  • Give baby a pile of different textured clothing to explore
  • During play, offer objects from baby’s side to encourage
    reaching across body
  • Use real pictures of familiar people and places to
    make homemade books, place in taped Ziploc bags,
    talk about these pictures
  • Show baby how to put objects in and dump out of
    containers, use objects such as clothes pins and
    small toys, but avoid objects that are too small that
    your baby can choke on