Baby Gross Motor Development | 9-12 Months

February 22, 2019

Baby Gross Motor Development | 9-12 Months

Children are reaching 
gross motor skills development through the advancement of physical milestones of toddlers. They are connected in a way that if the physical development in babies is slowed down the gross motor skills as well will be affected. These two have a direct relationship; it can also be the other way around. If the gross motor skills of an infant are not improved well the baby’s physical trait cannot be of much use leading for it not to be exercised.

Gross motor skills
are the large movements of human beings. This includes walking, standing, sitting, crawling, jumping, or any action that uses the whole body for movement.

The Gross Motor Skills Development of a 9-12 Months Old

In the video, the baby was showing improvements with the gross motor skills the baby gained from 3-9 months old. Gross motor skills milestones may have different changes each month, but some changes are just the upgraded version of what they already learned. Since your baby is already a year old, it’s not just the gross motor skills that get developed but also the physical, mental, and emotional aspect of the baby. The developing child will continue to learn more and in this age range here are the characterizations of the gross motor skills of a 9-12 months old infant.

  •         Sits well even without support. Their bodies know now how to balance.
  •         Crawls just like the first nine months.
  •         Stands on their own but for a few seconds only
  •         Can walk but with someone holding their hands.
  •         Has a possibility that they can walk on their own.
  •         Walks with the support of holding on furniture.
  •         Lifting one leg to move while standing.


Your baby may not immediately acquire these skills once they are already at this stage. Always remember that each infant has its timeline and pace; however the changes that are listed above will happen accordingly.

Tips and Tricks To Enhance Gross Motor Skills

Experts in the field of child development and education approve that play-based learning is effective for babies who are undergoing development. Play-based learning will get your child’s attention. They would think that you two are just having fun and unconsciously the baby is learning. Whatever the lesson the play based learning activity taught them is applied bit by bit in their actions. Your infant that is still developing needs parents help to have a better result of the skills so here are activities that can help both parent and child.

Free Play

As you have watched in the video, the baby is playing on her own, trying to stand up by prompting up herself on the container. When you let a baby have their free play time they get to learn all by themselves but keep an eye on them from time to time. Always consider the importance of free play in child development.

Obstacle Course

Build your own obstacle course in your living room. Create tunnels, bumps, and jumping areas. Construct it with blankets, pillows, or any home essentials that can be safe for the child to play.

Stop Dance

This will be played by parent and child, but this time they are in one team. Since your baby can somehow stand on their own teach them some simple steps in dancing like twisting their waist, shaking hips, waving two hands, turning around, stomping of feet, etc. Hold their hands while dancing because even though they can stand on their own babies still have a hard time balancing themselves. Dance together to the beat than when the music stops you have to stop. This can help your child in controlling their body movements on when to move or not.

Stages of physical development in humans is an ongoing process. Although an infant already learned how to talk, stand, sit, walk and move easily they are still developing until they get old. Guide them especially in the changes they are going to experience as babies. We at Spec Kid Club can help you with parent concerns and child development questions.