Developmental Stages for Baby: 8-10 months – Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center

– Hi, I’m Corwin Sutherin,
Pediatric Occupational Therapist at EIRMC and today we’re going to look at some different developmental milestones that babies reach from eight
months to 10 months of age. So I’m gonna take this
little guy right here and we put him in sitting position. And the different areas we’re
gonna look at is what babies use for movement, so large muscles, and then what they do with their hands. And then we’ll look at
some different social, different activities
and things that babies should be doing at this age. So first of all, sitting. So this little guy, he’s
sitting really good. Has good balance and
that’s what we’d expect, to sit without any support. And then with his hands,
he’s able to hold the rattle and move it around. He’s got a good hand grasp
and strength for that. He plays with it. Often you’ll see a hand transfer. He’ll take it from one
hand to the other hand. So both hands. What if I put it right there? And then a lot of times, it’s very common that you take an object,
bring it to midline and then take it right up to his mouth. So looking at his hand skills,
if I take something small, like this, and hand it to him, he’s able to grab it and
brings it right to his mouth. And as a reminder at this
age, a lot of times babies typically will take an object
and bring it to their mouth, so make sure you have
age appropriate toys, so that they don’t choke on. And so he’s using his hand
skills and this is good for play, as he starts to grab objects, move it from right hand to left hand. And if I take him and
I put him on his tummy, he’s able to hold his head
up with good neck strength. He’s starting to put
weight up on his elbows. And this is all preparation for movement. So if I take something, put it over here, what I’m looking for is to see
if he can get to the object by using his arms, his hands. He reaches it and he grabs
it and he is successful. So that’s all good
development at this age. Good, still moving it
so I’m going to help him get back up into sitting. And a couple social things that
he should be able to do is, if I take it, object away, he recognizes that it’s not there anymore. So he turns, he’s looking
his head, turning his head to the right and the left. Where did that object go? And as I bring it back, he grabs it again. At this age, he’s able
to recognize his name. And how would do that is,
if I did say his name, that he would again look, look to where the sound was coming from for his name. And then he would have
a facial expression of his eyes might light up a little bit, as if you say his name. I’m gonna take this away. And following simple directions,
so if I put this right here and show him that, he grabs it with both hands. And if I take my finger and I poke it into the hole right there, see
if he’ll do what I’m doing. Can you put your finger in there? Just like that. Go right there. So he’s interested in the object. He may or may not do it. There he recognizes the hole and that’s what I want him to do. Again, brings up to his mouth. So we’ve looked at some
large movement patterns. We looked at some hand
skills, looking at his finger. He’ll be able to use those for play. And also some social skills. He should be able to say mama, dada. And be able to interact with mom and dad. And if you have any questions
about the development of your child, contact your pediatrician. Thanks.

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