Development from 8 to 12 Months (Cantonese version with English subtitle only)


Titleļ¼šDevelopment from 8 to 12 Months

Scene: Different babies crawling here and there on the floor.

Narrator: From the eighth to twelfth months, your baby become increasingly mobile. He likes to move about and explore here and there. You can give him more opportunities to make new discoveries. This helps developing his potential and enhancing his self-confidence.

Scene: The baby sits steadily on the floor, turning his body from side to side without falling. Another baby leans forward to pick up a toy.

Narrator: During this period, your baby can sit well on the floor, and can turn his body around from side to side without falling.

Scene: A baby sits on the floor, leans forward and then changes to a crawing position. She starts crawling around skillfully on her hands and knees. Another baby just sits on the floor trying to shuffle forward on her bottoms.

Narrator: He can also change different positions, for example, changing from sitting to crawling. Some babies crawl on their hands and knees, while some shuffle along on their bottoms.

Scene: A baby boy crawls towards the sofa and pulls himself up to stand by holding onto the sofa. He then cruises a few steps by holding onto it. A baby girl stands without holding onto any support and then turns to start walking unsteadily for a few steps.

Narrator: He can stand up holding onto furniture, and then cruise several steps. Sometimes he can stand alone or even take a few steps on his own.

Scene: A baby boy uses his fingers to rake and pat the buttons on a toy guitar. Another baby boy pokes his index fingers on the keys of a toy piano to make noises.

Narrator: For his hands and fingers skills, he likes to poke or press with his fingers.

Scene: A baby boy uses his thumb and index fingers to pick up toy bricks from the floor and a bowl. Another baby boy puts the toy scissors his mother gave him into a toy box.

Narrator: He is able to pick up tiny objects using the thumb and index finger, and take toy out and into containers.

Scene: A baby boy turn a bowl over to uncover a toy brick hidden underneath it.

Narrator: Concerning cognitive development, he can now find hidden toys easily.

Scene: The mother is feeding her baby on a high chair. The baby puts a toy spoon into the mother's mouth to imitate feeding her. The baby boy puts a comb on the mother's head to comb her hair. He then puts the toy phone to his mouth and babbles into it.

Narrator: He understands the correct use of some daily objects, like using a comb to comb hair, or babbling into a telephone.

Scene: A baby girl points with her index finger to the far side, indicating something interesting to the others. Another baby boy vocalizes some sounds like "Ah", "Ba" to his mother. The mother is playing with her baby boy on the sofa. The boy vocalizes a chain of different sounds as if he is talking to his mother.

Narrator: For language development, he would indicate his needs by gesture, pointing with the index finger or even using words. He vocalizes using long babbles or jargons.

Scene: The mother takes out her hand and looks at the baby and says "give it to Mum". The baby boy responds by putting the toy in her hand. The mother holds the baby and say goodbye to her friend, the baby responds by waving bye-bye. The father asks his son to clap hands, the baby claps his hands. A mother hands a toy to his son, the baby shakes his head.

Narrator: He can responds to simple phases with gesture cues such as: "Give it to Mom", "Bye-bye", "Clap your hands". He would shake his head for "No".

Scene: The baby throws his toys. His mother then looks at him and says "No" to him. The baby stops and looks at his mother.

Narrator: As for his social development, he likes testing out parent's responses to his behavior.

Scene: A baby boy plays on the floor. He cries and throws his toys all over in a mess. The mother comes over, talks to him and teaches him how to pick up the toys patiently. Then, he calms down and starts tidying up with his mother.

Narrator: During this period, try your best to increase your tolerance of the level of mess that he is going to create. Observe patiently and you will find out what he is interested in. Spend more time playing and talking with your baby, to help them learn how to play orderly.