Most babies approaching their first birthdays are on the brink of a major transition: they are about to get up and take those first tottering baby steps. Before your baby starts walking — which usually happens around or after the first birthday — he or she will typically be an accomplished crawler.
At this age, babies are also developing their eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills, banging objects together, holding small pieces of food between their thumbs and forefingers, drinking out of a sippy cup, and picking up and inspecting pretty much anything within reach (which is why it’s important to step up your baby-proofing efforts). Don’t worry too much if your baby fails to accomplish a few of the milestones listed below, but do consult your pediatrician if your child is not crawling or able to sit up independently.
By 8-12 months, most babies will:
- Begin crawling (usually around 11-12 months)
- Sit up by themselves without any assistance
- Pull themselves up to a standing position with the aid of a chair or table
- Grasp small objects between their thumbs and forefingers (which is why it’s important to keep an eye out for choking hazards)
- Feed themselves with their hands
- Bang objects together (whether it’s appropriate or not)
- Try to pick up anything within reach (so you should baby-proof your home to accommodate a more mobile infant)
- Easily transfer objects from one hand to the other
- Be able to hold onto, and drink out of, a sippy cup
By 8-12 months, most babies may:
- Walk while holding their hands on a table or other piece of furniture
By 8-12 months, most babies may even:
- Begin walking without any support
- Eat with a fork or spoon
- Put objects down gently, rather than dropping them on the floor or table
- Play patty-cake or give you a “high five”
More in milestones:
- 8-12 Months: Emotional Development
- 8-12 Months: Cognitive Development
- Why developmental milestones will make you crazy
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, December 2018
- Babies usually begin crawling between 8 and 12 months.
- Most babies this age can grasp small objects between their thumbs and forefingers.
- Expect your baby to pick up, and experiment with, any object within reach.