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At Nine-Twelve Months, Your Child will Likely…

Physical Development:

  • Enjoys drinking from a cup.
  • Begins to eat finger food.
  • Eats 3 meals a day.
  • Has tripled birth weight and doubled in length.
  • Continues to explore everything by mouth.
  • Enjoys opening and closing cabinet doors.
  • Crawls well.
  • Pulls self up to a standing positions.
  • Stands alone holding onto furniture for support.
  • Walks holding onto furniture or with adult help.

Social & Emotional Development:

  • Imitates adult actions such as drinking from a cup, or talking on the phone.
  • Responds more to adults than to other infants.
  • Likes to watch self in the mirror.
  • Wants parent or caregiver to be in constant sight.
  • Expresses fear toward strangers.
  • Offers toys or objects to others but wants them to be returned.
  • Points to desired objects.
  • Pushes away toys, food and other items when she/he does not want them.
  • May become attached to a favorite toy or blanket.

Intellectual Development:

  • Says first word.
  • Says "da-da" and "ma-ma" or equivalent.
  • Imitates animals.
  • Dances or bounces to music.
  • Interested in picture books.
  • Plays pat-a-cake.
  • Likes to place objects inside one another.
  • Pays attention to conversations.
  • Claps hands, waves goodbye, if prompted.

Delevopmental milestones associated with feeding:

  • Picks up small morsels or food (finger foods) and feeds self.
  • Holds own bottle and drinks from it.
  • Drinks from a household cup without assistance but spills some.
  • Uses a spoon with much spilling.

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The Early Learning Guidelines
This exciting new resource is being written to assist early childhood caregivers/teachers, parents and other adults with information about supporting the learning and development of young children. The Guidelines provide information related to seven domains or areas of learning and development:

  • Social & Emotional Developmentment
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Health & Physical Development
  • Language & Literacy Development
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Creative Arts

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