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Infant Developmental Milestones -- 6 to 9 Months

Fine Motor (Adaptive) Skills
  • Can (and will) pass a small object to you
  • Can now use the thumb and pointer together to pick up very small objects (known as the "pincer grasp")
  • Can bang objects together, such as blocks, cups, etc.
     
Personal/Social Skills
  • Can communicate their needs more clearly
  • Can wave bye-bye
  • Can now clap to let you know they are happy
  • Can play back and forth games, such as "roll-the-ball," catch, and peek-a-boo.
     

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that every baby develops at his or her own pace. If your baby has not yet reached a particular milestone, it is likely only a matter of time before he or she does.
 
If you are concerned about the pace of your baby's development, talk to your child's healthcare provider. Together you can discuss your observations, along with some common reasons for delays in a particular skill.
 
(Read Developmental Milestones to see how healthcare providers use these baby milestones.)
 
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