Playing with your baby is more fun now. He/she will love to drop things, empty, fill containers or stack up different objects. Parents will be his/her best playmates at this age. He/she may be curious to touch and feel different objects. So you may have to say “no” more often. Give him colourful blocks so that he/she can practice new skills. Try rolling a ball to your baby when he/she is on the floor and see if he/she rolls it back to you.
His/her bathing time will be fun. Give him some small mugs which he/she can fill with water and empty it as well.
He/she is likely to become an expert crawler now. He/she may be also able to crawl up and down the stairs. You have to keep a close watch on him/her as he/she is awake most of the time.
He/she may also be able to stand up as he/she is getting ready to walk. You don’t have to buy shoes for him/her until he/she is actually walking. Standing or walking bare feet helps him/her develop his/her feet muscles.
He/she has pretty much learnt to coordinate both his/her hands. He/she will be able to pick up toys quite adeptly.
Your baby’s separation anxiety is at its peak by now. He/she will try clinging to you and show extreme attachment, while he/she will also try to hide from others. You can tell others to approach him/her slowly and let him/her make the first move.
It is a crucial time for your baby’s brain development. Reading, singing and talking to him/her every day is the best way to develop his/her brain. He/she needs to explore new things.
At this age, he/she may be babbling non-stop. Some of it might sound like real words also. You may start to recognise words like “Mama” or “Baba”. He/she will attempt to speak but not get it right. Of course, his/her language skills will also improve over the next several months. But his/her understanding of language at this point is quite sharp. If you ask him/her “where is the ball?” he/she may actually go and pick up a ball.