Nutrition and your growing baby’s developmental milestones
Here’s what to expect from 6 to 12 months. But remember, babies achieve milestones at their own pace. If you have questions about your baby’s progress, talk to your doctor.

Early childhood nutrition can have an impact on cognitive performance, determining the future learning, working and thinking performance of your child. Help her to reach her full potential with a diet based on high-quality nutrition.

Look for these milestones
MotorCommunicationSocial
6 month baby milestones
Cognitive
Your 6 month baby is more interested in studying objects visually
Your 6 month baby has increased attention span
Motor
Your 6 month baby rolls over in both directions
Your 6 month baby may sit with or without support
Your 6 month baby listens closely when hearing her own name
Your 6 month baby babbles strings of vowel and consonant sounds to imitate adult speech
Communication
Your 6 month baby mimics simple behaviours
Your 6 month baby uses voice and facial expressions to convey emotions
Social
7-8 months baby milestones
Your 7-8 month baby looks for you if you are out of sight
Your 7-8 month baby may look for dropped objects
Cognitive
Your 7-8 month baby passes an object from one hand to the other
Your 7-8 month baby may be crawling, sitting up longer or even standing up
Motor
Your 7-8 month baby starts to vocalize more
Your 7-8 month baby can understand when some words begin and end
Communication
Your 7-8 month baby begins to discern emotions from tone of voice (soothing, angry)
Your 7-8 month baby reacts with delight to peeka- boo games
Social
9-10 months baby milestones
Cognitive
Your 9-10 month baby solves simple problems such as finding a hidden toy under a blanket
Your 9-10 month baby clearly demonstrates what he wants and doesn’t want
Your 9-10 month baby may stand unassisted
Your 9-10 month baby has good accuracy when picking up small objects with fingers (pincer grasp)
Motor
Your 9-10 month baby understands words such as ‘no’
Your 9-10 month baby connects words with their meaning
Communication
Your 9-10 month baby watches for your reactions (to banging or laughing)
Your 9-10 month baby may develop an attachment to Mom or Dad
Social
11-12 months baby milestones
Your 11-12 month baby looks and listens simultaneously
Your 11-12 month baby understands that objects have names
Cognitive
Your 11-12 month baby may be cruising and trying to walk
Your 11-12 month baby may be able to sit down from standing
Motor
Your 11-12 month baby responds to simple questions and one-step commands
Your 11-12 month baby may say early words (“no”, “baba” for bottle)
Communication
Your 11-12 month baby shows increased affection with family
Your 11-12 month baby waves good-bye
Social
How to stimulate baby development?
As your baby nears toddlerhood, playtime is more important than ever. His brain is growing fast, and that drives his pursuit of
cognitive, motor, communication
and
social milestones
. Here are a few activities you can do together that are fun and will help your ‘almost’ toddler down the road of development.
6 months
Encourage
communication
milestones by responding to your 6 month baby’s exclamations as if he is using clearly spoken language and try to engage him in a back-and-forth “conversation.”
Take turns hiding: Cover your head with a small blanket and let your baby pull it off to reveal you. Next, put it loosely over his head and pull it off. Your 6 month old will quickly catch on that the game works both ways.
7–8 months
Promote hand-eye coordination by putting some toys in a net bag, and show your 7-8 months baby how to take things out and put them back.
Babies of this age love to hear music, especially songs. Introduce different genres of music to your child.
9–10 months
Stimulate his
cognitive
and
communication
development through pretend play, like having a tea party or building a sand castle. Provide common household items for your 9-10 month baby to play with such as boxes, pans, spoons and keys.
Get in the habit of waving good-bye. As your child develops
socially
, he will be able to imitate this simple gesture during the period when he’s having difficulty with your leaving.
11–12 months
To flex those
motor
skills, arrange the furniture so that your 11-12 month baby can easily—and safely—move around by holding onto various chairs and tables.
Stimulation for babies at 6 months
Stimulation for babies at 7-8 months
Stimulation for babies at 9-10 months
Stimulation for babies at 11-12 months
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