Baby Developmental Milestones (6-12 Months)

As babies grow, their skills also grow. This educational and developmental skill sheet will help you know what skills your baby is most likely to develop at the age of 6-12 months.

Babies learn and develop at their own time and pace; some babies develop skills much earlier than other babies. Progress start and stop but there is nothing to worry about. In some areas, babies might develop skills faster and might be possible that they develop skills slower in other areas. If you have some serious issues regarding the growth and development of your baby, then you might want to talk to your doctor or practitioner.


Gross motor skills: Skills that use large muscles (legs, arms, trunk, and neck)

Reaches for feet

Sits alone

Stands with support

Moves from tummy to sitting position

Takes support from furniture to stand up

Walks sideways while holding onto furniture

Briefly stands without support

Takes steps without support

Fine motor skills: Skills that use small muscles (hands and fingers)

Uses hand and fingers to pick up objects

Bangs objects together

Transfers objects from one hand to the other

Pokes and points at things by using an index finger

Pulls, pokes, tears toys 

Drops objects into containers

Self-help skills: Skills that help children to become independent

Holds their own bottle

Feeds self finger foods using thumb and fingertips

Begins to hold a spoon and tries to feed self

Drinks from a cup with a lid or small sips from an open cup

Cognitive skills: Mental skills (thinking, learning, problem-solving)

Looks for objects after finding them disappeared

Looks at pictures in books

Begins to use objects as tools after shown how to use them

Pulls, pokes, tears toys 

Enjoys cause and effect toys: light up and musical toys

Likes to play games like peek-a-boo

Have you noticed any of the above mentioned developmental skills in your little one? Share your experiences with us!

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