Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
6-12 Months - How you can support your child
By doing these 8 things, you can help your child grow physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively…
Physical Growth
Social/Emotional Development
Brain Development
  1. Teach Names of Objects
    Teach Names of Objects
    Teach your baby the names of objects they look at or point to. At this stage, your baby can understand more words than she can say. Learning new words helps her build her language skills.
  2. Describe Routines
    Describe Routines
    Describe routines to their baby using words like “first,” “next,” and “then.” Your baby is learning the language that we use to describe routines.
  3. Line up Toys
    Line up Toys
    Line up toys and encourage their child to creep or crawl from toy to toy. Your baby is learning how to explore the world around her.
  4. Shop
    Take your baby grocery shopping. At first, you might have to keep trips short as your baby gets used to all the new sights and sounds. Even at this age, your child can begin “helping” you by placing items into the cart.
  5. Play Hide-and-Seek
    Play Hide-and-Seek
    Play hide-and-seek games. Hide a toy in an easy spot and let your baby hunt for it. Your child is learning that objects still exist even when you can’t see them.
  6. Repeat Songs
    Repeat Songs
    Repeat the same songs over and over. Babies learn by seeing--and hearing--the same things over and over again. Repetition can also help your baby strengthen her memory.
  7. Use Everyday Objects
    Use Everyday Objects
    Let their baby play with everyday objects-like a brush or a sponge-and show them how they work. Your baby will enjoy copying you as she learns more about how the world works.
  8. Take Turns Talking
    Take Turns Talking
    Take turns talking and listening with their baby. Your baby is practicing the back and forth of conversation.
By twelve months most children can... Sit up/stay seated. Stand up/walk while holding something. Fill a container. Cry when caregiver leaves. Show fear. Test when told “no”. Enjoy copying. Prefer people/toys. Throw toys. Understand names objects. Say some words. Know what objects do. Easily find a hidden toy.

Remember: All babies are different, and every child develops at his or her own pace. However, you can talk to your child’s doctor if you are worried about your child’s development. Or call Connecticut Birth to Three ’s toll-free hotline to talk to someone about your concerns: 1-800-505-7000.
Additional Resources:
These free guides from the Center for Disease Control can help you talk to your child’s doctor about healthy growth and development.

Concerned About Development? How to Help Your Child
Concerned About Development? How to Talk with the Doctor
¿Le preocupa el desarrollo de su hijo? Cómo Ayudarlo
¿Está preocupado por el desarrollo? Cómo Hablar con el Médico
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Resources: Parent, Family, and Community Involvement in Education. NEA Education Policy and Practice Department. Center for Great Public Schools. 2008. Milestones compiled and adapted from: Developmental Milestones: Learn the Signs. Act Early. CDC 24/7: Saving Lives Protecting People. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 21 April 2015. Web. 3 Jan 2016. Ages and Stages: Your Child’s Development. ZERO TO THREE. National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. 2008. Web. 3 Jan 2016. Ages and Stages. Healthy Children: Powered by Pediatricians. Trusted by Parents. 2016. American Academy of Pediatrics. 2016. Web. 3 Jan 2016.
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