Baby Builders' Developmental Milestones

Fine Motor Skills:
• Holds objects with fingers and thumb
• Wrist is flexed when holding objects
• Grasps small objects between thumb and bent index finger

Speech/Language:
• Responds to name
• Uses syllables ba, da, and ka
• Imitates sounds
• Listens when spoken to

9 Months

Gross Motor Skills:
• Uses a variety of leg positions in sitting
• Can side sit
• Moves from sitting to hands and knees
• Creeps often
• Pulls to standing using both arms and legs
• Unable to get down from standing without falling
• Cruising with 2 hands and body semi-turned in direction of movement
• Beginning to walk with one hand held

Fine Motor Skills:
• Holds objects between thumb and finger tips
• Able to grasp small objects with thumb and index fingertips

Speech/Language:
• Responds to name
• Begins to recognize common words (e.g., "mom", "bottle", etc.)
• Imitates sounds

10 months


Gross Motor Skills:
• Able to reach in all directions in sitting
• Beginning to kneel with one leg up and one down (half kneel)
• Pulls to standing using the half kneel position
• Stands to play while holding onto furniture
• Can lower body from standing to sitting
• Cruises with one hand on table
• Walks with one hand held, not shifting weight yet

Fine Motor Skills:
• Wrist is extended when grasping
• Able to grasp small objects with thumb and index fingertips

Speech/Language:
• Shouts for attention
• Babbling in own language
• Begins to respond to requests like "come here"
• May have 1-2 word like "mama" and "Dada"

11 Months

Gross Motor Skills:
• Sits with legs straight out (long sitting)
• Plays in the kneeling position
• Stable in half kneeling position
• Begins to shift weight from one leg to the next when walking with 1 hand held
• Stands alone
• Able to squat and return to standing while holding onto table

Fine Motor Skills:
• Holds objects between thumb and first 2 fingers
• Wrist is extended when holding objects
• Able to grasp small objects with thumb and index fingertips

Speech/Language:
• Shouts for attention
• Babbling in own language

  • Responds to requests like "come here"
  • May have 1-2 word like "mama" and "Dada"

12 Months

Gross Motor Skills:
• Stands alone
• Begins to pick up legs when standing
• May try to walk alone
• Can not carry objects when walking
• No arm swing when walking

Fine Motor Skills:
• Holds objects between thumb and first 2 fingers
• Wrist is extended when holding objects
• Able to grasp small objects with fingertips and fingernails

Speech/Language:
• Has 2-3+ word vocabulary
• Imitates familiar words
• Recognizes words as symbols