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. Download a print-friendly version of this page >

Communication Skills

  • Uses longer, repeated babbling (dadadada)
  • Imitates sounds made by others
  • Responds with gesture to “want up?”
  • Waves in response to “bye bye”

Fine Motor Skills

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

Gross Motor Skills

  • Crawls forward/backward
  • Makes stepping movements when supported
  • Pulls to stand

Personal Social Skills

  • Expresses emotions: fear, sadness, happiness
  • Distinguishes between familiar people and strangers
  • Show frustration when an item is taken away
  • Develops preferences for people/toys

Problem Solving Skills: 4-9 months

  • Explores objects with fingers, hands, toes
  • Works to get objects out of reach
  • Turns head toward bright colors and lights
  • Explores objects by touching, mouthing, shaking, and banging
  • Looks for ball rolled out of sight

Communication Activities: Infants

  • Imitate the sounds your baby makes
  • Make different faces with baby
  • Sing to baby
  • Play social games (pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo)

Fine Motor Activities: Infants

  • Offer your baby a rattle to hold
  • Let your baby feel many different textures
  • Help teach your baby to pick up small objects by offering small bits of food

Gross Motor Activities: Infants

  • Allow for “tummy time” several times a day
  • Hold your baby in sitting positions and while baby is standing
  • Encourage your baby to roll over

Personal Social Activities: Infants

  • Allow your infant to feel different textures
  • Provide experiences for your baby to look at a variety of colors, shapes and objects
  • Talk about your baby’s world
  • Sing to your baby and play music
  • Read daily to your baby

Problem Solving Activities: Infants

  • Allow you infant to feel different textures
  • Provide experiences for your baby to look at a variety of colors, shapes and objects
  • Talk about your babies world
  • Sing to your baby and play music
  • Read daily to your baby
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