Gross Motor Development: Your Baby at 7 to 9 Months

Gross Motor Development allows a child to gain balance and bring large muscles under control in order to master physical activities such as sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, jumping and generally enjoy all that his body allows him to do.

Typical Skills

  • Balances himself while sitting; sits alone steadily for longer periods without holding on; sits and bounces on his buttocks
  • Pushes up on hands and knees and rocks back and forth; sits up by pushing up from crawl position with arms at side
  • Crawls with an object in one or both hands; may also move by “bum” shuffling or turning in circles on stomach
  • Helps out when you pull him to stand; sometimes pulls himself up using furniture; stands firmly on his legs when held in standing position

Emerging Skills

  • Makes stepping movements
  • Stands holding on to your hands; held standing, puts one foot in front of the other
  • Uses protective extension of arms to keep from falling backwards
  • Lowers himself to sitting from standing, holding on to supports
  • Crawls up stairs
  • Takes side step holding on to furniture (called cruising)

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