Learning how to wave bye-bye or point at objects is an important milestone for an infant that usually occurs between the age of 10 months and a year. This is a pivotal step for your baby as he/she learns to communicate with him/her surrounding using non-verbal communication. Your baby will begin to notice his/her hands and feet, and derive a great deal of entertainment and amusement, by noticing that he/she can in some little way manipulate the position of his/her limbs.
From sometime around the fourth and fifth month, babies tend to fling their arms or twist their legs, open and shut their clenched fists. But it takes nine months or so for them to consciously use their limbs to communicate.
It is somewhere during this time, that your baby would wave for the first time. It is generally an imitation of what he/she has seen you do at him/her or at people around her. By 12 months, most babies are able to point to things that they are interested in. This is a big achievement as it sends the message out that your baby realises that if he/she finds anything interesting then by pointing out at that, he/she can draw your attention to it too.
he/she would also have the tendency to point at things he/she wants, and things he/she remembers.
To bring about this kind of development with hand gestures, parents can play games with their babies. Make them greet near and dear ones with a handshake or wave. They can also give them the idea to clap when they are happy and cheerful and show them how to do it. And for teaching them how to point at things, parents can show objects to their little one and help them name them or direct them to go and pick or grab them.
Please remember that these fine traits take a different amount of time to be mastered by different children. So do not unnecessarily panic if you see your 9-month-old bundle of joy isn’t too proactive in waving at you or clapping to your gestures. He/she will learn, eventually.