9 – 12 Months

Although your baby may not have said their first words yet…the different noises that they make are a good indicator that hearing them mumble mama or dada will happen soon!

9 Months Old

  • Makes different noises
  • Copies sounds and gestures that people make
  • Uses fingers to point at things

10 Months Old

  • Can shake and throw toys
  • Enjoys being read to and follows picture books
  • Begins to eat by feeding themselves

This is an exciting and nerve-wracking time for parents because you almost have a toddler! Your child is becoming more mobile by crawling and almost beginning to walk.

11 Months Old

  • Can crawl up stairs
  • Makes sounds with changes in tone

12 Months Old

  • Responds to simple spoken requests
  • Shakes head no and waves “Hi”
  • Says “Mama and Dada?
  • Turns page in book
  • Recognizes objects by name
  • May stand alone and attempt first steps

Each child is different and will develop at their own pace. These milestones are a guide to when children meet these milestones on average. If you are concerned that your child is not meeting these milestones in a timely fashion, contact your pediatrician to talk about your child and their individualized needs.