What is your baby doing?
- Pulling himself to standing position
- Walking holding on to furniture
- Developing fine motor skills like the pincer grasp
- Crying when he sees other babies crying
- Shaking and banging items
- Saying mama or dada
What not to worry about – Your baby falling over
As scary as it to watch your child take a head first dive onto the floor, bumps, scrapes and bruises are an inevitable part of how babies discover their own limits and learn how to do things. Having said that it pays to [[babyproofing your home|safety proof your house to a certain degree; stair-gates, safety straps in high chairs and pushchairs, padded corners on tables and socket covers are all well worth the investment.
How you can help your child at this age
- Your baby will have uncanny knack for spotting any teeny object left lying on the floor and putting it immediately in her mouth. It can help to literally get down on to her level to see what she can see.
- Adapt baby games like peek-a-boo, by letting your baby pull the blanket off, or showing your baby how to cover his or her own face with the hands.
- Your baby is probably obsessed with your mobile phone, buy a toy version and let him play with all the buttons, or have pretend conversations it will help develop his imagination and hand skills.
- Encourage self-feeding to help hand to mouth coordination, even if you can’t stand the mess. Opt for finger foods such as rice cakes, carrots and cheese.
Troubleshooting - "My baby’s not speaking yet."
“My daughter didn’t say her first proper word until she was about eighteen months old. I was afraid something was wrong especially as all my friends babies were saying dada and mama at 8 – 9 months and she wasn’t. My GP kept saying she’ll speak when she’s ready and she did. My tip is to keep talking to her and not pressurise your child. She really will speak when she’s ready.”
Jenni, 39 mum to Nell, 4