No parent wants to think that there is something wrong with an infant. Development stages that are predefined serve to put parental fears and worries at rest, just as much as they alert pediatricians to the possible need for therapeutic intervention. A good example is the case of a seven months old baby, who meets a number of infant development stages in a stride, but fails to meet one in particular.
This might be the case in an infant happily babbling and doing all the things indicated for a young child, and who turns his head to the right but fails to turn his head to the left. In this case, physical therapy may be indicated to help with the stretching and limbering of the neck muscles. Failure to recognize this missing of an important developmental milestone may lead to a gradual flattening of the head, and also an impeded range of motion.
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.
This post is part of the series: Stages to Infant Development from 1 to 12 Months
- Guide to Infant Development from Birth to Six Months
- Guide to Infant Development Stages: Seven Months to One Year