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Child Development Timeline


6 to 8 Month Developmental Milestones
Baby teeth arrive during this developmental stage and your baby can now feed himself or herself.
Baby teeth arrive during this developmental stage and your baby can now feed himself or herself.
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6 MONTHS OLD

Growth

  • 1 lb/month
  • 1.5 cm/month
  • Lower central incisors erupt

Movement and Activity

  • Drinks from a cup with help
  • Holds own bottle
  • Moves objects hand-to-hand directly
  • Rolls over
  • Sits briefly, leans forward, supports self with arms

Social/Emotional

  • Discriminates between parents and strangers ("stranger anxiety")
  • Copies facial expressions

Communication

  • Babbles

7 MONTHS OLD

Growth

  • Upper central incisors erupt
  • Lower lateral incisors erupt

Movement and Activity

  • Sits unsupported, pivots while sitting
  • Pivots and crawls while lying on stomach
  • Lifts head indefinitely while lying on back
  • May stand, bounce
  • Reaches out, grasps object with palm
  • Bangs, shakes objects
  • Puts feet in mouth

Social/Emotional

  • Prefers mother
  • Anxious when away from mother (Separation Anxiety)
  • Pats mirror image

Communication

  • Responds to changes in social contact/context

8 MONTHS OLD

Growth

  • Upper lateral incisors erupt

Movement and Activity

  • Crawls easily on stomach
  • Pulls self to stand using furniture
  • Feeds self with hands
  • Will take 2 objects and hold 1 in each hand

Sensory

  • Vision close to fully-developed

Cognitive

  • Begins to understand objects' uses (drink from a cup, brush hair with a brush)
  • Realizes size differences between objects

Social/Emotional

  • Performs "tricks"
  • No longer automatically accepts feedings, will turn spoon away

Communication

  • Multisyllabic babbling

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