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9-12 months

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  What are some common milestones for 9- to 12-month-old infants?

Among common milestones for this age group:

  • They copy sounds and gestures of others.
  • They use fingers to point at things.
  • They respond to simple spoken requests.
  • They use simple gestures such as shaking their head "no" or waving "bye-bye."
  • They make sounds with changes in tone (sounds more like speech).


  What are some tips for working with this age group?

Your baby will begin to understand simple words. She stops to look at you if you say “no-no.” If someone asks, “Where’s Mommy?” she will look for you. She will point, make sounds, and use her body to “tell” you what she wants. For example, she may look up at you and lift her arms up to show you she "wants up." She may hand you a toy to let you know she wants to play.

You can help your baby "talk" when you show him how to wave "bye-bye."


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Additional milestone resources can be found at


Early Learning Manager:

Krissy Washington
Phone: 414-475-8094
Fax: 414-475-8737

Early Childhood Supervisor/
Achievement Gap Reduction:

Allison Foyer
Phone: 414-475-8673
Fax: 414-475-8737

Head Start Program Supervisor:

Meredith Welch, MSW, APSW
Phone: 414-252-0350
Fax: 414-252-0365

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