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Month Nine

Reviewed by: Dr. Travis Satnarine BSc. MBBS.

Oh, your baby is speeding! He is creeping and it’s hard to keep up. Your baby loves that he can independently move a get things for himself, keep encouraging him.

Baby’s growth and development

During this month, the chances are your baby is now putting on three to five ounces each week, now averaging about 19.6 pounds for boys and 18.1 pounds for girls, with a length of about 28.3 inches and 27.6 inches respectively. These sizes are just an average, if your baby is healthy there is nothing to worry about.

Your baby is moving faster and is more curious, pay close attention to him, and secure his surroundings. Baby can pull loose standing objects and shelves. Your baby may be pointing to things he wants, and he is beginning to understand instructions.

He will be able to remember more as his memory is improving, with this his fears are also developing, your baby may cling to the people he knows well.

Milestones

Holds on to furniture and walks

Drinks from a ‘Sippy’ Cup

Enjoys banging objects together

  • Milestones are just a guide; babies do different things are different times. If you have concerns talk about it at the next visit with your pediatrician.

Health Care

It’s back to the doctor for your baby’s 9-month check-up. Come prepared to ask all those questions about adding regular food to his diet, and safety measures.

The routine check is done to ensure the baby’s vitals are well, chest and lungs are clear, and he is developing well.

Interesting things about Month 9

Look out for that first baby step.

Your baby will be reaching out for you more often, and it just makes you feel special.

Baby can now pick up tiny objects using his thumb and index finger (pincer grasp).

Baby is a true attention-seeker, doing many things to grasp your attention including clapping, babbling, standing, and giggling.

Your heart is just going to melt repeatedly during this month, especially when you see your baby waving and reaching out excitedly for you.

Advice for Moms & New Parents

You’re going to have to do some extra cleaning, your baby will find the tiniest of objects and attempt to eat it. Your baby can remove the eyes from stuffed animals, they chew on paper and if they see something shiny or colourful within reach, he will grab it.

It may be great to share some of your experiences with other parents, they may have gone through some weird things as well.

Keep baby’s teeth clean to avoid cavities and encourage good brushing habits from young.

Look for toys that are safe and allow baby to stand a bit more.

Reminders for this month:

  • Take Baby’s nine-month photo.
  • Take Baby to nine-month check-up.
  • Schedule Baby’s 12-month check-up

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