Baby Development:
7-9 Months

Your baby is growing fast now! Months seven through nine will fly by, but they are also important months in terms of development. SheKnows offers this list of common baby milestones when your baby is between the ages of 7 and 9 months old.

Baby standing assisted

7 months

  • Sits up unsupported
  • Pulls toys/objects toward herself with the raking motion
  • Lunges forward
  • Begins crawling
  • Babbles and/or combines syllables
  • May experience newfound shyness around new people
  • Waves "bye-bye"
  • Can stand while supported by something/someone
  • Bangs together objects/toys (like blocks, pots and pans, etc.)

8 months

  • Says "mama" or "dada" to parents, but may not be able to determine which is which
  • Can pass toy/object back and forth between hands
  • Stands while holding onto something/someone
  • Can crawl
  • Points at things
  • Searches for hidden objects
  • Can pull himself up to stand
  • Begins to cruise
  • Uses thumb-finger pincer grasp to pick up objects
  • Uses pointing or gestures to communicate what she wants/needs

9 months

  • Stands assisted/holding something
  • Babbles and/or combines syllables
  • Comprehends the permanence of objects
  • Cruises while holding onto furniture
  • Can use and hold a sippy cup
  • Feeds self with fingers
  • Engages in games/songs with hand gestures such as patty-cake or peek-a-boo
  • Can correctly identify "mama" and "dada"

More common baby milestones

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Months 4-6: Common milestones
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Comments on "Months 7-9: Common milestones"

Megan January 18, 2013 | 11:51 AM

My baby is 8 months now and I honestly cannot believe it. She's so active and so fun to be around. She's very sweet and super smiley. Though she still doesn't sleep through the night, she does take really long naps which helps me survive!

Lauren September 20, 2012 | 10:35 AM

I really like these "Milestones" articles. Please keep them coming! I have two kids, one is 3 months, and it's nice to see what's to come. Even though I have another one, time goes by too fast and I forget when they're supposed to be doing what. Thanks!

Kendra September 19, 2012 | 10:05 AM

It's great to see where my child sits compared to where he should be. My son is 8 months old, and seems to be right on track. He crawls really well and really fast, which makes for a very tired mama!

Leslie September 19, 2012 | 10:05 AM

Oh wow, it's soo amazing how quickly little ones develop. Time goes by too fast. I have a 4 month old and started tearing up as I read this. She's going to be crawling before I know it and off to school way sooner than I would like.

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