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Babies are curious and eager to explore the world around them. Find out what types of motor skills your baby may be developing at this stage.

Boy with overalls learning how to walk

Between three and 12 months, babies are busy learning – and mastering – many new skills! Here is what you can expect:

3-6 months

  • Rolls from side to side and/or rolls over

  • Begins to reach for things

  • Holds head unsupported

  • Pushes down on legs when on a hard surface

  • Sits up without support

  • Holds toy and shakes it

  • Brings hands to mouth

  • Pushes up to elbows when on his tummy

6-12 months

  • Pushes up on hands and knees, rocks back and forth, and eventually begins to crawl

  • Picks up and eats finger foods

  • Begins walking while holding on to furniture

  • Stands with support and may bounce to push on his feet

  • Pulls to stand

QUICK TIP: Gross and fine motor skills develop as your baby grows – and all children develop at their own rate. If you're concerned about your baby’s development, talk to your pediatrician or family doctor.

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