7-9 months

Find out what milestones your baby should be reaching, and track your baby’s progress, using the helpful guidelines below.

Gross motor

  • Sits unsupported
  • Rolls from tummy to back and back to tummy
  • Starts with crawling movements - usually backwards first
  • Some babies start to crawl
  • Pull up to stand leaning on furniture
  • Enjoys all movement such as bouncing and rocking
  • Can get into a sitting position without assistance

 Fine motor

  • Starts picking up smaller items by using thumb and forefinger
  • Starts to feed self with finger food
  • Turns pages of a thick and chunky baby book
  • Holds own bottle or sippy cup
  • Able to put own dummy back in mouth
  • Bangs toys together
  • Waves goodbye
  • Starts clapping hands together


  • Responds to their own name
  • Imitate facial expressions made by others
  • Attach meaning to common words e.g. Mommy calls the dog and he/she starts to look to see if the the dog comes
  • Uses a chain of sounds such as “ba-ba-ba”
  • Understands the word “no”, but does not always follow the command
  • Says “mama” and “dada” randomly for any person
  • Uses finger to point to items


  • Investigates toys by pulling, banging, shaking and throwing the toy
  • Finds toys that are partially hidden under a blanket
  • Starts to play on their own, but mother’s presence is important

Social - Emotional

  • Separation anxiety, cries when separated from mother or father
  • Shows preference for specific people or toys

 Sensory and Perceptual

  • Starts to investigate toys or objects (size, texture, shape, weight)
  • Shows a strong reaction to smell or tastes that are new to them
  • Vision field is now the same as an adult’s vision field
  • Visual spatial awareness starts to develop (they can tell the difference between a picture in a book and a 3D toy standing next to the book. They start to learn that you can pick up the 3D object and not the 2D picture in the book)
  • They experience and observe their environment in different positions as they move around in different ways (crawling, sitting, lying on back, lying on tummy, pulling up to stand)