LittlePeopleLogo     Normal Development: 9 to 12 Months


Goes from sitting to lying position unassisted.

Stands holding on to furniture.

Imitates more speech sounds, but does not yet understand them.

Repeats sounds again and again.

Becomes more adept at crawling.

May respond to short, simple requests.

May utter first "real" word.

Waves good-bye.

May stand alone briefly.

May walk unsteadily when led.

May utter "dada" or "mama."

Begins to be less cooperative and more resistive.

Continues to enjoy simple games.

Favors certain toys.

 Each child is unique. It is therefore difficult to describe exactly what should be expected at each stage of a child's development. While certain milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal. Consequently, these guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements. It is perfectly natural for a child to reach some milestones earlier and other milestones later. Keep this in mind as you review these milestones.

 If you have any concerns related to your child's own pattern of development, check with your family physician.