Your child is between the6 to 12 months

A baby’s development during the second stage

Children develop of their own accord, but they do need those around them to provide them with experiences and the right kind of guidance. In this timeline, you will get to know the milestones related to motor skills, language development, social and emotional and cognitive/sensory development, and personality development. You can also read about how Kindergarden sets up the children's environment to help them develop optimally. We make use of the “recurring” moments in which we’re tending to them individually, such as while dressing and undressing them, changing their diapers, or putting them to bed, to give them a little extra one-on-one attention. This turns an everyday care moment into a special development moment.

Did you know that children start making attempts to communicate at around 8 months? And that red is the first color that babies perceive, after black and white?

Development occurs during the interactions between the children themselves, and their interactions with the childcare staff and the environment. Our horizontal groups enable us to provide guidance appropriate to the different developmental stages. In doing so, we are guided by the pace and preferences of the children. After all, children are individuals and experience their milestones at a time appropriate to them. This timeline indicates the things you might encounter during the first important years of a child's life, but we also allow the children the space to reach their own milestones and develop at their own pace!

6 to 12 months

Motor development (physical development)

At Kindergarden, we always hand children games and other materials at eye level. For example, the common room is designed for, and adapted to, your child’s stage of development.

Important milestones in the period from 6 to 12 months
  • Pre-crawling and crawling

    Young children start pre-crawling and, after a while, crawling by lying down in the prone (belly down) position and tucking their legs underneath.

  • Standing on their own

    At 11 or 12 months, some children can walk while holding an adult’s hand, while others can even stand on their own and a small number can walk on their own.

  • Motor skills

    Babies can start pointing at objects and hold small objects the same way you would hold a pair of tweezers. This helps them improve their fine motor skills.

  • Pulling up

    Sitting down on their own by rolling over on their belly and pushing themselves up. Sitting down, a child can start pulling themselves up around 10 months of age until they can stand on their own two legs. Sitting down again is still challenging at this stage.

  • Sitting down independently

    Children can support themselves if they are held up straight under their arms. With a little assistance, they may be able to raise themselves up from a seated to a standing position.

How does Kindergarden support children in their motor development (physical development)?

6 to 12 months

Social and emotional development

By observing a child and discussing them with our colleagues, we know where a child is in terms of their development and can identify the next challenge. While we challenge the children, we also make sure not to overwhelm them. We always prepare the way ahead for them too.

Important milestones in the period from 6 to 12 months
  • Emotions

    Children develop a better understanding of other people’s feelings At this stage, anger and anxiety may increase, especially fear of strangers.

  • Shyness/timidity

    Children learn to distinguish between strange and familiar faces. This is when they become clingy and want only their parent or a particular caregiver, a stage that may last from a few months to one year. Children find it scary to be left on their own (fear of abandonment).

  • Crying with others

    Children become more sensitive to other people’s moods. Children can cry when other children are crying without needing a reason of their own.

  • Kisses

    Babies demonstrate affection for those familiar to them by giving little kisses. Between 10 and 12 months, they can turn their face away or show other facial expressions to express discontent or disagreement.

  • Exploration

    Children view each other as living “playthings” and explore each other’s bodies. This generally goes well, though in some cases it might cause some irritation, for example if one child grabs hold of a playmate.

How does Kindergarden support children in their social and emotional development?

6 to 12 months

Language development

Did you know that babies love listening to songs? And that we make them drink from a regular cup early on? We do this by stimulating their oral muscles and oral motor skills.

Important milestones in the period from 6 to 12 months
  • “Talking”

    Long series of vowels and consonants are repeated. Children tend to “talk” at different pitches and make noises when you address them directly.

  • Effort to communicate

    Children learn to understand the meaning of various facial expressions and tones and start making an effort to communicate after eight months.

  • Environmental language

    Children imitate sounds, melodies, and facial expressions they have seen around them – this is known as “environmental language.”

  • First word

    Your child understands easy language. Most children start saying their first “real” word between 10 and 12 months of age.

  • Gestures

    Children learn a few simple gestures: pointing, shaking their head, and waving. At this stage – between 10 and 12 months of age – children can also learn to mimic others’ gestures.

How does Kindergarden support children in developing their language skills?

6 to 12 months

Cognitive and sensory development

In stimulating cognitive and sensory development, we aim to provide children with individual attention. We always attempt to create a sense of wonder, irrespective of whether we’re reading a sensory or other picture book with your child or enjoying a fresh vegetable snack together.

Important milestones in the period from 6 to 12 months
  • Recognition

    Children learn to identify objects they previously discovered through a different sense, often taste.

  • Initiated by the child

    Children slowly learn to differentiate between different sounds. They can engage in play for more sustained periods at around eight or nine months. Actions are no longer coincidental, but initiated by the child themself.

  • Cause and effect

    Children are intrigued by cause-and-effect relationships and discover that some actions are interrelated.

  • Space and time

    Between eight and twelve months of age, children become aware of space and time. For example, if toys are arranged vertically (space), a child must first remove one toy to grab the next one (time).

  • Focus

    Children have now begun processing their experiences in dreams, which may cause them to become more agitated and anxious. Children’s attention spans increase to around 1 minute at this stage.

How does Kindergarden support children in their cognitive and sensory development?

6 to 12 months

Personality development

Although we might take the initiative, babies sometimes also communicate to us that they want to “chat.” It’s essential that you observe closely what your child appears to be communicating.

Important milestones in the period from 6 to 12 months
  • Action is reaction

    Children know that when they cry, they will be fed, and when they reach out their hands, their parent or another adult will come to pick them up. The more those around them respond to their behavior, the easier it is for children to discover that they can control their own reactions themselves.

  • Frustration

    Young children are not yet able to delay their basic needs, such as the need to go to the bathroom (“go potty”). They can grow impatient, or aggressive, and sometimes they might even start crying.

  • Outside world

    Children begin to realize there’s a difference between them and the outside world, between the known and the unknown.

  • Independence

    Babies see more when they’re seated and have their hands free to grab objects. Being able to grab something on their own fosters independence and self-confidence and gives them a sense of empowerment.

  • “Hey, that’s me!”

    Between the ages of 10 and 12 months, children start responding to their own name:

How does Kindergarden support children in their personality development?