Age Group: 6-12 months

You can reach a caring community resource specialist by calling 2-1-1.

Development Information

Every child is unique and develops differently. These are handy guidelines for motor, sensory, language, thinking and social skills that your child is starting to develop. If you are ever concerned, please go your local doctor or health clinic.

By twelve months, your child will typically be able to:
Motor Skills

  • drink from a cup with help
  • feed herself finger food: raisins, bread crumbs, small pieces of fruit
  • grasp small objects by using her thumb and index or forefinger
  • use his first finger to poke or point
  • put small blocks in and take them out of a container
  • knock two blocks together
  • sit well without support
  • crawl on hands and knees
  • pull himself to stand or take steps holding onto furniture
  • be able to stand alone momentarily
  • walk with one hand held
  • cooperate with dressing by offering a foot or an arm

Sensory and Thinking Skills

  • copy sounds and actions you make
  • respond to music with body motion
  • try to accomplish simple goals (seeing and then crawling to a toy)
  • look for an object she watched fall out of sight (such as a spoon that falls under the table)

Language and Social Skills

  • babble, but it sometimes “sounds like” talking
  • try to “talk” with you
  • understand simple commands
  • say his first word
  • recognize family members’ names
  • respond to another’s distress by showing distress or crying
  • show affection to familiar adults
  • show mild to severe anxiety at separation from parent
  • show apprehension about strangers
  • raise her arms when she wants to be picked up

Free services for developmental questions, concerns, and testing:
Community Coordinated Child Care
5 Odana Court, Madison, WI 53719
(608) 271-9181
You can also look at the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), a developmental screener to see how your child compares with other children of the same age.

Children with Disabilities Resources
Dane County Department of Human Services
1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI 53704
(888) 794-5556

Wisconsin Department of Health Services-0-3 Program
1 W Wilson St Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-1251

Imagine a Child’s Capacity-Birth to Three
2875 Fish Hatchery Rd Unit 1 Madison, WI 53713
(608) 204-6247

Gio’s Garden
2028 Parmenter St Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 833-4467

Waisman Center
1500 Highland Ave Madison, WI 53705
(608) 263-1656

United Cerebral Palsy of Great Dane County-Birth to 3 Connections
2801 Coho Street, Suite 300 Madison WI 53713
(608) 273-4434

Epilepsy Foundation Southern Wisconsin-Infants and Epilepsy
1302 Mendota St Ste 100 Madison, WI 53714
(608) 442-5555

Madison Area Down Syndrome Society
(608) 692-7653

Family Support and Resource Center
101 Nob Hill Rd Ste 201 Madison WI 53713

Health Information

With childhood vaccines, your child is protected from a variety of serious diseases that could drastically harm or kill your child. If you any concerns, please discuss with them with your doctor or at your local health clinic.

After 6 months

  • Influenza: Dose 1 of 2
  • Influenza: Dose 2 of 2 and one dose yearly afterwards

6-18 months

  • Hepatitis B: Dose 3 of 3
  • Polio/IPV: Dose 3 of 4

If your child has not been vaccinated or has missed one, your local doctor can still make a schedule or go to and make sure your child is properly protected.


Allied Wellness Center
2225 Allied Dr Ste 2 Madison WI 53711
(608) 274-7006

For free childhood immunizations

Public Health Madison and Dane County
2705 East Washington Avenue Second Floor Madison, WI 53704
(608) 266-4821
Public Health Madison and Dane County
2230 South Park Street Madison, WI 53713
(608) 266-4821

BadgerCare Plus Program
Dane County Human Resources
1819 Aberg Ave Madison, WI 53704
(888) 794-5556

To qualify free or low-cost health insurance for your child call 1-877-KIDS-NOW or go to

Baby will need 2-3 naps per day at this stage (morning, afternoon, late day)

  • Baby should go to bed between 6pm and 8pm. He or she should sleep 11-13 hours.
  • Baby may still wake up at night for a feeding (up to 8 or 9 months of age), especially if he or she is breastfeeding.


  • Baby should be drinking around 24 fluid ounces of milk per day
  • If you haven’t, introduce single ingredient cereals as baby’s first food. This can be done by mixing things like rice cereal with an equal amount of milk.
  • Start by feeding baby one serving of single ingredient cereals per day. Move to two times per day when baby can finish 2-3 tablespoons per feeding.
  • Begin introducing other single ingredient foods (stage one) when baby is used to eating off of a spoon. These foods may be fruits or vegetables, then move to proteins.
  • Wait 2-3 days after introducing a food before introducing another. This will allow you to detect any allergies/sensitivities to foods.
  • At 9 months, baby can eat three meals a day while also receiving milk. Baby can now eat soft, digestible finger foods that are cut into small pieces (cheese, steamed vegetables, cheerios)
  • Still avoid foods that need to be chewed at this time.
  • At 9 months baby can also start using a sippy cup
  • Wean baby off of his or her bottle by around one year of age

Safety Information

If you are worried about the health, safety, and/or welfare of a child, please contact child protective services.

Children, Youth & Families Services Intake
2322 S Park Street Madison, WI 53713
Office Hours: (608) 261-KIDS (5437)
After Hours: (608) 255-6067

General Safety
As your baby begins to crawl, he will want to touch everything he can – this is how he learns about his world. Therefore, make his environment safe.

  • Install safety latches on cabinets, drawers, and toilets.
  • Cover unused electrical outlets with outlet covers and use cleats to secure dangling cords on drapes and blinds.
  • Gate staircases and steps, cover sharp edges of furniture and ledges on fireplaces.
  • Keep older children’s toys out of your baby’s reach. These may have small parts that can be a choking hazard for your little one.
  • Keep all detergents, medicines, sharp objects out of your child’s reach.

Never leave your child near unattended water, open windows, fireplaces or any electrical appliances. Watch carefully when your child is in the kitchen or bathroom where potential dangers are everywhere.

In the Car*
Never place baby in the front seat of a car with an activated airbag. The force of the airbag could kill your baby.
The law requires that your baby ride in:

  • A properly installed, federally approved car seat every time she is in the car.
  • The rear facing position.
  • The back seat.

If your child has eaten or drunk something poisonous (or possibly poisonous), contact Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

Child Care Information

Helpful Tips for choosing a child care provider*

  • Get a list of child care providers in your area that are regulated
  • Contact these providers and let them know what your child care needs are (the hours you need, the age(s) of your child(ren), etc.)
  • Visit 2 or 3 programs to observe and ask questions. Look for how the provider interacts with the children, the type of discipline used, the schedule (naps, snacks), safety issues, the child to provider ratio (how many children is each provider watching?), cleanliness, and the types of toys and activities available.
  • Bring your child(ren) for a second visit to see how he/she/they react to the provider and the environment.
  • Ask the provider for references of other parents/caregivers. Contact these references and ask questions.
  • Listen to your instincts. You know your child(ren) better than anyone.
  • Choose a provider and continue to stay in contact. Ask questions, visit, and talk about any concerns.

Try or to find babysitters, nannies, pet sitters, and other help.

Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc.
5 Odana Court, Madison, WI 53719
(608) 271-9181

The Rainbow Project-Early Childhood CORE Program
831 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI 53703
(608) 255-7356

Dane County Parent Council
2096 Red Arrow TR Madison, WI 53711
(608) 270-3438

Center for Families-Home Visiting Program
2120 Fordem Ave Madison WI 53704
(608) 729-1162

Reading Tips*

Infants this age like books that are:

  • filled with pictures of other babies
  • filled with pictures of everyday, familiar objects like cars, balls, bottles
  • board books
  • small enough to hold in small hands
  • colorful and fun to touch and taste

What parents can do:

  • point and say the names of pictures
  • pay attention to baby’s cues; read more or stop depending on these cues
  • make reading a part of everyday (at bedtime, in the grocery store, etc.)
  • have fun!

Dane County Library Services
(608) 266-6388

Playing Information

Caregivers with children 0-18 months old can:

  • respond to baby’s sounds (echo the sound, make a face)
  • sing to and talk with baby
  • play peek-a-boo, pat-a-cake, and hiding games
  • name objects around baby
  • smile at baby.


Children’s Services Society-Mobile Play and Learn
(608) 628-9512

Madison Metropolitan School District-Play and Learn
545 Dayton St. Madison, Wisconsin 53703
(608) 204-6683

Center for Families
2120 Fordem Ave Madison, WI 53704
(608) 241-5150

Journey Mental Health Center
625 West Washington, Av, Madison, WI 53703
(608) 280-2720

Parenting Styles

  • Babies at this age still do not understand how to control their actions
  • Focus on making sure that your baby is safe while he or she is exploring
  • Physically distract baby or move baby away from unsafe situations. Saying “no” will not be understood by your baby.

Parent Groups:
Center for Families
2120 Fordem Avenue Madison, WI
(608) 241-5150

Orion Family Services
6333 Odana Rd Suite 20 Madison, WI 53719
(608) 270-2511

Canopy Center
1457 E Washington Avenue Ste 102 Madison, WI 53703
(608) 729-1125

Project Rainbow-Grandparents & Other Relatives as Parents
831 E Washington Ave Madison, WI 53703
(608) 255-7356

Wisconsin Fathers for Children and Families
1-608-255-3237 (ALL-DADS)

Madison Area Mothers of Multiples
311 Friedel Drive Marshall, WI 53559

For more information, please dial 2-1-1.