Play. Playing with your child, spending time, talking to them and having fun is the way to go in getting to 'know" your child.
Typical behaviors. The nine to twelve month old will pull to stand and cruise along furniture. Small objects are picked up with a neat pincer grasp as hand control improves. Vowel sounds like dada/mama come easier now. Fear of strangers is more common now and will persist for at least a year. This is normal and healthy response as the child begins to understand the concept of favorite and unknown people.