I know it doesn’t look like it but this picture shows Owlet waving! Or… her a few seconds after she’s stopped waving.
According to this chart from Babycentre the average age babies start to wave goodbye is around ten months. Owlet is about nine months right now, so she’s about a month ahead of the average baby. Daddy Owl had just walked out the door, for work, and I was waving goodbye saying “bye daddy, see you later” and Owlet started waving her arms around first, then once she calmed down a little she only moved her hand! I called after him and Daddy Owl came running back. He and Owlet exchanged quite a few waves before he left (only a few minutes late) to work. It took a couple hours for her to calm down from the excitement of her new discovery, she was flapping her hands all around! The picture above was taken when she stopped to take a breath. As you can tell, she is very proud of herself!
If you’d like to help your baby learn to wave the best thing you can do is model it for them! Move their hand in a wave motion toward whoever is leaving and say “bye daddy/gramma/auntie!”
Don’t worry if your baby isn’t able to wave by ten months, there’s no cause for alarm. Just keep the communication going and practice finger and clapping games, like Paddycake and Little Pig, and she’ll get there in her own time.
Update 1-???-2016: Early in January Owlet started waving with just her fingers going up and down. She has now mastered waving!