Your baby may be shy or nervous with strangers and cry when mom or dad leaves. They’ll hand you a book when they want to hear a story, and repeat sounds or actions to get attention. They will use simple gestures, such as shaking their head to say “no” or waving “bye-bye”. The sounds they make will start to resemble speech, with words like “mama” and “dada”.
At this stage babies start shaking, banging and throwing things as a way of exploring objects. They’ll start to follow simple instructions and will put things in and out of containers.
“At the very least, your baby should be crawling by now, and they should be able to stand when supported,” Dr Zühlke says. “Also check that your baby isn’t losing any of the skills they’ve acquired.” This could be an indication of regressive autism or other related disorders.
This is the time for games like peek-a-boo. Give them things like brooms and dusters so they can take part in household chores, Naeser suggests. They can also start clearing up their own toys.