Developmental Stages for Baby: 6-8 months - Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center

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- Hi, I'm Corwin Sutherin, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

at EIRMC and today we're going to look at baby development

from the age of about six months to eight months.

And this little girl right here, at this age,

she is about seven months.

And so balance has improved to where she can reach

and grasp and maintain her balance.

But if I take her and tilt to the side just a little bit,

she still keeps her balance and can come back up.

On the early end, about six months, often they may tip

a little bit and need a little support.

So she's seven months.

She's got good balance.

She's playing with toys and still staying upright.

So I'm going to take this.

So she should be able to roll.

And she should be able to be interested

in trying to get a toy.

She may not be able to get it.

But she knows that she needs to move

and get over close to that toy.

So she's looking around.

She's moving.

And when I put her right here, on her side a little bit,

She should easily be able to either roll

to her tummy or to her back.

So she rolls right to her tummy.

So we're rolling, should be able to roll

to the right, to the left.

And she's pushing up with her arm, getting ready

for crawling which will probably be the next

large gross motor activity.

So looking at large muscles, gross motor,

we're gonna look at one more.

And then we'll look at fine motor,

what she does with her hands.

So as I take her and I put her on her back,

I'm gonna look at her head control.

She keeps her head right in midline as I bring her up.

So she's developed good head control

which is what she should be doing.

Now we're gonna look at hand skills.

So easily she grabs this toy.

Brings her right up to her mouth.

Brings her right to midline.

Using her right and left hands.

If I bring another toy,

and bring it right to her, she reaches.

She's got a grasp.

It's called gross grasp.

Brings it right up to her mouth.

And at this age, whenever a lot of toys go to the mouth,

so make sure you use age appropriate toys

where she doesn't choke on them.

This is a once inch block, which she is easily able to grab.

So she's got good hand skills.

If I take this and show her something else,

she recognizes that I took that toy away.

If I kind of show her the holes here

in this little, she sees that.

She does some finger isolation,

which she should be doing with her hand skills.

Some other social things, she should be able to

at this age do some babbling.

She may or may not say mama, dada.

And the way she'll recognize is with the facial expressions.

She'll recognize mom and dad and she may smile.

So these are just a few developmental activities

that a baby should be doing between

six to eight months of age.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding

your baby's development, contact your pediatrician.