Stages of Infant Development: 7 – 12 Months
Infant development stages most commonly noticed in months seven and eight include the independent ability to sit up and also roll over from the back to the stomach. Closer to the end of the eighth month, the infant should be able to roll over from the prone position onto the back and vice versa. As you hold the child by his hands, he should begin making walking motions and actually support his full weight on his legs – albeit somewhat unsteadily. He will enjoy banging objects together and may already begin drinking from a sippy cup.
Stages of infant development to look for in months nine and 10 include a maturing of color vision. While in the past infants were fascinated with high contrast black and white pictures, bright colors now also hold a lot of appeals.
Your baby will be vociferous – in a babbling manner – when it comes to expressing frustration or happiness. Even at this young age, the colorful stimulation of reading together can greatly enhance a child’s speech development. You will also notice that he responds frequently to his name, at least by looking in your direction. Stacking cups, nesting cups, and big blocks now hold a lot of fascination.
During months 11 and 12, infant development stages include unfettered crawling, and also pulling himself up on the furniture. Early walkers will let go and already walk a few steps on their own. Other firsts include the uttering of “mama," “Dada," and “mine." The presence of an older sibling may actually expand the early vocabulary of an infant, and it is not unusual to hear other first words, like “sissa" for sister. A keen sense of exploration now marks a lot of the activities your baby will enjoy.