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    Baby Developmental Milestones: By 8 to 12 Months

    Gets to sitting position without help

    During this time, your baby will push himself into a sitting position, where he can reach for and explore toys, books, and new activities. Help him develop skills like clapping with patty-cake and other hand games.

    Creeps or crawls on tummy

    Your baby is on the move! During this time, she may start crawling, creeping on her tummy, or scooting on her bottom. Don't worry about her style. As long as she uses arms and legs on both sides of her body to move, it's OK. Encourage motoring by putting an interesting toy just beyond her reach.

    Rocks back and forth on hands and knees

    Rocking on his hands and knees is your baby's last step before crawling. He's building his arm and leg muscles so they can propel him forward (or backward). Give him lots of supervised time out of the crib, car seat, and stroller so he can work on moving around and strengthen his arms and legs.

    Gets from sitting to crawling

    When she can sit well without support (usually about 7 months), your baby will learn to lean over onto all fours. Soon, she'll push off with her knees to crawl. As she becomes agile, set out pillows, cushions, and boxes for her to crawl over and around. Always supervise this activity, and make sure your home is baby-proof!

    May walk while holding onto furniture

    Your baby is "cruising" -- walking while holding onto furniture to steady him. Make sure sharp corners are padded and furniture is secured. Hold your baby’s hands while he walks to help him practice. Or let him push a sturdy walking toy with supervision. His first steps alone are just around the corner.

    Can stand on her own momentarily and may take two or three steps

    At around 8-12 months, your baby's torso and leg muscles are strong enough for her to stand without assistance. Rolling over, sitting up on her own, and crawling has boosted her confidence. Make sure toxic products and medicines are locked away and safety gates are up.

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