Your Child at 6 to 12 months

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.

Also, it is very important to make sure your child's immunizations and wellness 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:

  • Sit alone without support
  • Reach for a cup or spoon
  • Transfer objects from one hand to the other
  • Make noises to show displeasure or satisfaction
  • Look for a ball rolled out of sight
  • Try to talk to image in mirror
  • Respond to own name and recognizes family members' faces
  • Show mild to severe separation anxiety

At 9 to 12 months old your child should be able to:

  • Crawl well
  • Pull self to a standing position
  • Play Pat-a-Cake
  • Dance or bounce to music
  • Say their first word
  • Clap hands, wave goodbye
  • Offer a toy or object
  • Push 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 at 1-800-EarlyOn or 1-800-327-5966.

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. Check out the Great Start Parent Coalition for opportunities for support and guidance.

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 teeth are important for chewing, speaking, spacing of permanent teeth, and overall health. Click here for an interactive tooth wheel for children aged 1 month to 5 years. 

Tips for Brushing your Infant or Toddler's Teeth

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.

Your baby is watching your face and learning from your expressions all the time. They are 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

ADA & Accessibility

Our School Strives To Ensure Our Website Is Accessible To All Our Visitors 

Washtenaw ISD is committed to providing a website that is fully accessible and we are currently in the process of developing a new website to better meet the needs of our customers. Our new website will include improvements to ADA compliance and accessibility, and during this transition, we remain committed to maintaining our existing website's accessibility and usability. 

ADA Compliance

Non Discrimination

It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.

Non Discrimination Information

ADA and Title IX Coordinator ADA and Title IX Coordinator
Brian Marcel
Associate Superintendent
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1402
Cassandra Harmon-Higgins
Executive Director, HR & Legal Services
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1311