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Every child in Washtenaw County enters school ready to succeed.


Six months have passed since your baby arrived, and undoubtedly you have seen many changes.

During the next 6 months, your baby will begin sitting and crawling, communicating pleasure and displeasure, establishing more consistent sleep patterns and moving onto solid foods. To answer your many questions about what to expect, visit Born Learning.

Also, it is very important to make sure your child's immunizations and well visits with the doctor are up to date. Your child's doctor can provide needed information regarding your child's health and development, and support you in your role as a parent.

At 6 to 9 months old your child should be able to:

  • Sits alone without support
  • Reaches for cup or spoon
  • Transfers objects from one hand to the other;
  • Makes noises to show displeasure or satisfaction
  • Looks for a ball rolled out of sight
  • Tries to talk to image in mirror
  • Responds to own name and recognizes family members' names
  • Show mild to severe seperation anxiety
  • Nine to Twelve Months

  • Crawls well
  • Pull herself to a standing position
  • Plays Pat-a-Cake
  • Dances or bounces to music
  • Says her first word
  • Claps hands, waves goodbye
  • Offers a toy or object
  • Pushes away toys and food when not wanted
  • Become attached to a favorite toy or blanket
  • If you have concerns about your child's development,contact Early On
    1-800-Early On (327-5966)

    Parenting Support

    Parenting can be both joyous, and trying at times. So Washtenaw Success By 6 Great Start Collaborative aims to connect you to resources and support you need to enjoy being a parent. A guide to some of the parenting support classes available in Washtenaw County can be found here.

    Keep them Safe

    As your child begins to move around in your home, by crawling and pulling to stand, you face some unique challenges to keep your baby safe. For a complete checklist of safety precautions to take to baby proof your home visit Safe Kids.

    Baby those Baby Teeth

    Baby teeth are important for chewing, speaking, spacing of permanent teeth, and overall health. For an interactive tooth wheel for children aged one month to 5 years, visit the Greater Flint Health Coalition

    Lead Poisoning and Your Children

    Lead is more dangerous to babies because young children often put their hands and other objects in their mouths. These objects can have lead dust on them. Children's growing bodies absorb more lead and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.

    Lead can be found in a number of things such as paint (many old homes built have lead-based paint), in soil around a home, household dust, drinking water, your job, or old painted toys and furniture.

    It is important to go to your local health clinic to get your family tested if you feel you have been exposed to lead. For more information on lead visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency's website

    Mommy, Is This Okay?

    Your baby is watching your face and learning from your expressions all the time. She is learning the important skill of how to read faces and emotions. Check out these websites about fostering this important skill in your child:

    Raising a Smart Baby

    Raising Children

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