Baby Gesture

8-12 Month Developmental Milestones To Know

January 17, 2024 | by Carlene Kuntz

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Watching your baby grow and reach new milestones is an exciting and rewarding experience for parents. From their first smile to their first steps, each milestone is a testament to their development and progress. In this blog post, we will explore the key developmental milestones that typically occur between 8 and 12 months. Remember, every baby is unique, and they may reach these milestones at slightly different times. However, understanding these general milestones can help you track your baby’s growth and development.

Gross Motor Skills

Between 8 and 12 months, your baby will make significant progress in their gross motor skills. They will start to sit without support, crawl, and even pull themselves up to stand. Some babies may even take their first steps during this period, although it’s important to remember that walking typically happens closer to the 12-month mark. Encourage your baby’s motor skills development by providing a safe and stimulating environment where they can explore and practice their newfound abilities.

Fine Motor Skills

During this stage, your baby’s fine motor skills will also improve. They will learn to grasp objects using their thumb and fingers, and they may even start using a pincer grasp to pick up small objects. You can support their development by offering age-appropriate toys and objects that encourage grasping and manipulating. Activities like stacking blocks or playing with nesting cups can help refine their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Language and Communication

Between 8 and 12 months, your baby’s babbling will start to sound more like real words. They may say simple words like “mama” or “dada” and begin to understand simple instructions. Encourage their language development by talking to them frequently, reading books together, and singing songs. Responding to their babbles and attempts at communication will also help them feel encouraged to continue developing their language skills.

Social and Emotional Development

At this stage, your baby will become more aware of their surroundings and the people around them. They may show attachment to familiar caregivers and display separation anxiety when separated from them. They will also begin to show more interest in playing with other children and imitating their actions. Encourage their social and emotional development by providing opportunities for interaction with other babies and children, and by offering plenty of love, attention, and reassurance.

Cognitive Development

Between 8 and 12 months, your baby’s cognitive abilities will continue to expand. They will start to understand object permanence, which means they will know that objects still exist even when they are out of sight. They will also enjoy simple games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake. Stimulate their cognitive development by engaging in age-appropriate play, introducing new toys and activities, and providing a variety of sensory experiences.

Feeding and Self-Feeding

During this stage, your baby will start to show more interest in solid foods and may begin to self-feed. They will develop the ability to pick up small pieces of food and bring them to their mouth. Encourage their self-feeding skills by offering a variety of finger foods and allowing them to explore different tastes and textures. Always supervise your baby during meal times to ensure their safety.

Sleep Patterns

By 8-12 months, many babies will have established a more predictable sleep routine. They may be taking two naps a day and sleeping for longer stretches at night. However, every baby is different, and sleep patterns can vary. Ensure your baby has a consistent sleep environment, establish a calming bedtime routine, and be responsive to their sleep needs.


These are just some of the developmental milestones you can expect between 8 and 12 months. Remember that every baby is unique and will progress at their own pace. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, it’s always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician. Enjoy this exciting phase of your baby’s growth and celebrate each milestone they reach!


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