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Baby Developmental Milestones: By 8 to 12 Months

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Bangs two cubes together and puts objects in and out of a container

Your baby's hands are busy, putting objects in and out of containers and banging them together. You don't need to invest in a drum set yet. Just about anything safe will work, including pots and pans, plastic containers and wooden spoons, and egg cartons.

Tries to imitate scribbling

Your baby has made her first scribbles -- some marks on a piece of paper! She's imitating what her parents and older siblings do. Encourage her to doodle on the sidewalk with thick sidewalk chalk. Or set her up to scribble with fat, sturdy crayons and thick paper.  

Uses body language to communicate and may respond to "no"

Though he isn't using words yet, your baby uses his body to talk. He points to things and may nod his head "yes" or "no." He may pause when you say "No!" and "Uh-oh." He may wave "bye bye." Help him learn words with rhymes, songs, and books. Name objects for him often.

May say “dada” or other strings of sounds to imitate words

Did baby say her first word? Was it "dada"? If so, don't take it personally, Mom. She's stringing sounds together now, and "m" is harder to pronounce than "d." In fact, she probably stumbled upon "dada" by accident. But very soon she'll be saying both "mama" and "dada" and meaning it.

May shake, bang, or throw objects

What could be more interesting to baby than dropping an object and watching you pick it up over and over again? He doesn't mean to try your patience. He learns how the world works by shaking, banging, throwing, and dropping objects. Play together with texture books, balls, and squeeze toys.

Finds hidden objects easily

A few months ago, if you hid a toy under a blanket while baby was watching, she'd do nothing. Now, she finds it easily. She's learning "object permanence" -- that things exist even when she can't see them. Add a twist to peek-a-boo: Throw a blanket over your head and let her pull it off to find you.

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