Mobility and Independence
By 6-9 months, babies typically master the art of
crawling; the home and immediate surroundings are now ransacked in and out, becoming a veritable "research lab" for the little explorer.Your baby is
now no longer dependent on you for every last need and desire, so the
newfound mobility makes for a critical juncture in your baby's odyssey toward independence. Being able to move from one place to the next brings out babies' curiosity, nurtures their drive to learn and explore and is a source of pride and a sense of achievement.
An environment well prepared for the mobile baby conveys an important message to your baby: your parents embrace your independence and are happy about your accomplishments. By contrast, an environment that spells out 'NO' at every corner, is a source of fear and inhibition. Maintain a fine balance, and create an environment for your baby that is at once safe and encouraging.
Sitting and Standing
By the end of the ninth month, babies can sit up independently, which frees their hands for play and exploration. The ability to move from crawling to sitting and then back to crawling opens up a whole new world of discovery: babies can now reach whatever peaks their interest, and then sit up and explore it with both hands. When they've had enough, they can simplymove on to the next challenge - babies are now freer and more flexible. By the ninth month, many babies pull themselves up to a standing position by leaning on furniture, reaching for objects placed on it.
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