Your Baby at 9 Months

What Most Babies Do at this Age:

Social/Emotional

  • May be afraid of strangers
  • May be clingy with familiar adults
  • Has favorite toys

Language/Communication

  • Understands “no”
  • Makes a lot of different sounds like “mamamama” and “bababababa”
  • Copies sounds and gestures of others
  • Uses fingers to point at things

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

  • Watches the path of something as it falls
  • Looks for things he sees you hide
  • Plays peek-a-boo
  • Puts things in his/her mouth
  • Moves things smoothly from one hand to the other
  • Picks up things like cereal o’s between thumb and index finger

Movement/Physical Development

  • Stands, holding on
  • Can get into sitting position
  • Sits without support
  • Pulls to stand
  • Crawls

The Milestone Child Development Chart is shown Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

What You Can Do for Your Nine-Month-Old:

  • Pay attention to the way he/she reacts to new situations and people; try to continue to do things that make your baby happy and comfortable.
  • As he/she moves around more, stay close so he/she knows that you are near.
  • Continue with routines; they are especially important now.
  • Play games with “my turn, your turn.”
  • Say what you think your baby is feeling. For example, say, “You are so sad, let’s see if we can make you feel better.”
  • Describe what your baby is looking at; for example, “red, round ball.”
  • Talk about what your baby wants when he/she points at something.
  • Copy your baby’s sounds and words.
  • Ask for behaviors that you want. For example, instead of saying “don’t stand,” say “time to sit.”
  • Teach cause-and-effect by rolling balls back and forth, pushing toy cars and trucks, and putting blocks in and out of a container.
  • Play peek-a-boo and hide-and-seek.
  • Read and talk to your baby.
  • Provide lots of room for your baby to move and explore in a safe area.
  • Put your baby close to things that he/she can pull up on safely.