Your baby is on the move—and that means so are you. During these next six months, you will likely see her crawling at top speed, pulling herself up to stand and sidestepping or “cruising” by holding on to the furniture.
She may even take her first steps all by herself! Hang on. It is going to be an amazing ride for both of you. She depends on you to keep her safe—so now is the time to look around the house and take steps to make sure your home is a safe place for your new “little explorer.”
Communicating with your baby at this age is also very important. The more you talk with your baby and the more you imitate her sounds, the more you encourage her to communicate. During this period (generally after nine months of age) she may start to babble “ba-ba” and “da-da” (“ma-ma” is a little harder to say… keep listening.) You may feel funny babbling back to her, but the more sounds and words you give to her, the better. So babble away, sing, and talk about things you see and do together. By her first birthday, she may give you the gift of her first word.
If you have questions about your child’s development check with your child’s health care provider or call the NYS Growing Up Healthy to find your local Early Intervention Program.
ENGLISH AND SPANISH
Keep in mind that no two children are exactly alike. Every child grows and learns at his own pace. Your child may be ahead in some areas and behind in others; in general, this is normal. But sometimes children and families face special challenges and need extra help. Early help does make a difference! If you have questions about your child’s development check with your child’s health care provider or call the NYS Growing Up Healthy to find your local Early Intervention Program. 1-800-522-5006 for English, Spanish and Other Languages; or Call 1-800-655-1789 for TTY Access