How is my baby growing this month?
Your baby’s beginning to understand simple words and phrases, so it’s more important than ever to keep talking to her. Give your chatterbox a head start in learning to talk by repeating her words back to her, using adult language. For example, if she asks for a “bah-bah”, reply by asking her, “Do you want a bottle?”
Though it may sometimes feel silly, having conversations with your baby is a great way to develop her language skills. When she rattles off a sentence of gibberish, respond with: “Oh, really? How interesting!” She’ll probably smile and keep chatting away.
When you talk to your baby, look her in the eye and leave pauses for her to respond. It doesn’t really matter what you talk about, as long as you use lots of different words. Try describing what you’re doing as you potter around the house, or pointing out interesting things you can see when you’re out and about.
At this age, your baby can sit confidently and may be able to walk while holding on to furniture, also known as cruising. He may even let go for a second or two and stand without support, so keep that camera ready!
These real steps towards independence will soon see your baby racing around your home. Most babies take their first steps shortly before their first birthday. Your little one is likely to be walking unaided, if a bit wobbly, by the time he’s 15 months old.
Proudly watching your baby take his first faltering steps, you may be keen to buy him his first pair of shoes. But there’s no need to rush. Your baby doesn’t really need shoes until he’s walking around outside. Until then, he’s better off barefoot.
Not only is your baby getting better at moving around, but his understanding is continuing to improve too. He may already have realised that if he points to a toy, you’ll pass it to him. Now he may start experimenting with other gestures too, such as pointing to his mouth when he’s hungry, or raising his arms when he wants to be picked up.