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Development of babies between 9 to 12 months

Remember that each Child is different, the age we used is just an indication of a rough age range.  

The 9th month is an important time in the development of a child. They are transformed from helpless uncoordinated newborns to capable (more) coordinated human beings. If we have provided our baby with the right environment and opportunities, at 9 months old they will have acquired a basic trust in their environment and in themselves. As well as being able to move, communicate, and become independent, they're capable of feeding themselves and entertaining themselves. They can make simple choices, communicate beyond crying, set and achieve small goals, and solve simple problems by themselves. Most importantly, they will begin to build and show their personality.

baby shows personality

Gross-motor development

gross motor development of babies between 9 to 12 months

At around 9 months, our baby may begin crawling. After some weeks of pulling up to a stand and cruising along furniture, the baby may attempt to stand without support. It is important to allow this process and not step in too quickly to help. As they learn to sit and stand, children also learn how to fall. Initially they might fall backward and hit the back of their head. Hopefully this happens on their movement mat and there is some cushioning. If we try not to react with too much shock, often they will go back to playing. We have observed that after the second or third time they fall, babies will learn to hold up their heads, and this is a skill that will help them as they grow through toddlerhood and childhood. So we can allow this process when they practice pulling themselves up to stand, cruising along a low surface, and one day find that they are able to stand without support, perhaps as they attempt to work at their shelf.

baby learns to pull up

Babies in this stage really enjoy crawling up stairs and enjoy climbing equipment that incorporates stairs or a Pikler triangle. That is why our Montessori teacher recommend to start let our babie to engage with Pikler Triangle –‘Joga’ to exercise their eagerness to move and climb.

Around 12 months, just like they did with standing, our baby will start to let go of their support object while cruising and will attempt to walk unsupported. Allow this process to follow its natural course and one day, the child will be walking! This milestone can be reached around 9 months, and sometimes it’s closer to 16 months or even later. Remember that each Child is different.

Fine-motor development

The baby’s grasp is becoming more refined. The thumb is working in opposition to the fingers, and the baby begins to be able to voluntarily release and to coordinate eye and hand movements. They are able to retrieve hidden objects, and they are starting to explore cause and effect.

Explore the montessori material our teachers have create for babies in this stage, click the link here. 

Source: 

1.The Montessori Baby: A Parent's Guide to Nurturing Your Baby by Junnifa Uzodike and Simone Davies

2.The Absorbent Mind Book by Maria Montessori

3. Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three Book by Lynn Lillard Jessen and Paula Polk Lillard

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