9 to 12 Month Cognitive Milestones

  • Placeholder ImageUnderstands meaning of “no” (9-10 months)
  • Understands family members, pet names, and/or general object names
  • Begins to use objects in the right way (ex: brush,phone)
  • Shared intention: points to things they want you to see
  • Learns other ways of communication (ex: point, wave)

9 to 12 Month Language Milestones

  • Placeholder ImageMay say two-syllable words  (ex: ma-ma; da-da)
  • Imitates sounds( ex: cough, tongue clicks)
  • Understands gestures (ex: bye-bye)
  • Babbling gets complex- mixes syllables and “says” long “sentences” varying in pitch
  • Average baby understands (not says) 70 words
  • Some babies can speak 6 or more words, but majority says no words

9 to 12 Fine Motor Milestones

  • Placeholder ImagePincher grasp- grabbing small items with the thumb and pointer finger (Avg start: 9 months)
  • Waves (9-10 months)
  • Claps (10 months)
  • Bangs toys together (12 months)
  • Puts objects in and out of container (12 months)
  • Stacks blocks (12 months)
  • Releases objects crudely (Avg. start: 12-14 months)
  •  Controlled release (Avg. start: 18 months)