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Baby Developmental Milestones: Months 9-10

The first year flies by. Before you know it, you’ll have a toddler walking around keeping you on your toes. As your baby continues to grow, they will develop in four areas – social, language, large motor development, and small motor development.

Here are the developmental milestones your baby will reach during months 9 and 10.

Month 9 – 10

Get ready to watch baby crawl all over the place! Month nine and ten are when most babies start really moving around. They also begin to understand language more and play even harder.


milestone mirror

You’ll notice your baby is more interested in making you happy with their actions beginning in the ninth month. Along with that, you’ll see these milestones:

  • Tries to stop face washing or other unpleasant activities with more than crying
  • Plays games like Patty Cake
  • Smiles at themselves in the mirror and recognizes who they are.


milestone talking

Don’t be fooled by month nine—your baby knows what no means. Keep your boundaries and positive reinforcement rolling so they continue to understand appropriate behaviors. More language developments will include:

  • Means it when he or she says mama and dada
  • Can speak at least one other word (typically small words like hi, no, or bye)
  • Waves good-bye

Large and small motor development

milestone steps

Here goes your baby, no longer immobile. Get ready for the chase as you see your baby begin to:

  • Sit for a longer period unaided
  • Crawl around
  • Take a step or two
  • Use thumb and index finger to pick objects up
  • Begin displaying a preference for right or left hand
  • Sits by falling down

Related: First Year Milestones: A Month-by-Month Guide



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