- A 9-month-old baby can crawl, crawl, and crawl and can pull himself up and walk around the table.
- Baby can shake, hit and throw objects; Put your fingers in your mouth, make a fist, and drink from a cup.
- 9-month-old babies can point to objects and usually children at this age have a few teeth.
- At the age of 9 months, babies show stress, worry or cry when parents leave. This symptom is often referred to as a fear of strangers.
- Usually, babies this age can sleep through the night, but can also wake up crying.
- Babies enjoy everything around them.
Your baby can wave goodbye and play peek-a-boo. They also react to the conversations of the adults surrounding.
9-month-old babies can recognize their own names, understand a few words and can babble and imitate sounds. She could also say “mama” and “baba” but not just to call her parents.
- A fully immunized 9-month-old child may not need any additional doses at this screening, but may receive additional immunizations if previous immunizations are delayed.
- Your doctor may recommend that your child get a flu shot during flu season.
The doctor should complete the screening for developmental problems in the child. Moreover, tests for lead and tuberculosis may be done, depending on the individual child’s risk factors.
Nutrition and dental care
- 9-month-old babies should continue to be breastfed or receive iron-fortified infant formula as their primary source of nutrition.
- Whole milk should not be given to your baby until he is one year old.
- Most 9-month-olds drink about 24 to 32 oz (720-960 ml) of breast milk or formula each day.
- If your baby is getting less than 16 oz (480 ml) of formula per day, he or she needs extra vitamin D.
- Let your baby start using the cup. Bottles should not be given to babies after 12 months because they can cause tooth decay.
- Juice isn’t necessary, but if giving it to your baby, don’t give more than 4-6 oz (120-180 ml) per day. You can add water to dilute it.
- Babies get enough water from breast milk or formula. However, with babies over 6 months old, they can drink water in a moderate amount when they are outside in the hot sun.
- Bottled baby food or homemade meats, vegetables and pureed fruit can be offered to your baby.
- Iron-fortified cereals can be given to your baby once or twice a day.
- The amount of solid food for babies is about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon. Your baby can start to try foods with different softness, hardness, and puree.
- Start with toast, cookies, bagels, small cereals, pasta, and soft foods.
- Wait until after your baby is one year old to start trying honey, peanut butter, and sour fruit.
- Avoid giving your baby foods high in fat, salt or sugar. Baby food does not need to be seasoned.
- Legumes, large pieces of fruit or vegetables, or foods that are sliced round can cause choking.
- Use a high chair at the table level and encourage your baby to socialize while eating.
- Do not force your baby to swallow every bite. Respect her decision when she refuses to eat and looks away.
- Let your baby fend for himself with a spoon. It is possible that food will spill on the floor, on the baby’s body rather than in the mouth.
- Brush your baby’s teeth after meals and before bedtime.
- If using toothpaste, do not use fluorine.
- Fluoride supplements can be continued if recommended by your doctor.
Overall Development of the babies
- Read books to your baby every day. Allow your baby to touch, talk to, and point to objects. Choose books with lots of interesting drawings, colors, and materials.
- Read rhyming poems and sing along with your baby. Avoid “baby-like” talk.
- Name objects consistently and describe to your baby what you are doing while bathing, eating, dressing, and playing.
- Introduce your child to a second language if it is used in the family.
- Have your baby nap and nap at the same time and encourage her to sleep in her crib.
- Minimize TV viewing time. Children at this age need active play and need to interact and socialize.
- Lower the mattress in your baby’s crib because babies at this age can already hold on to get up.
- Make sure your home is a safe environment for your baby. Keep the indoor water heater temperature at 120°F (49°C).
- Avoid dangling power cords, shutters or telephone cords. Try crawling around the house and looking for dangerous objects within your baby’s sight.
- Create a tobacco-free or drug-free environment for your baby.
- Use a gate at the top of the stairs to prevent falls. Use a bolted barrier around the pool.
- Do not use a walker that can expose your baby to unsafe hazards and possible falls. A walker can affect the motor skills needed for walking. A recliner/vibrating chair can be used for short periods of time.
- Have your baby lie in the back seat of the car, in a rear-facing car seat, until he or she is 2 years old or until he or she reaches a higher level of safety seat weight and height. Never place a baby seat in the front seat in a car with an airbag.
- Equip smoke detectors in your home and change batteries regularly.
- Keep medicines and poisons tightly closed and out of reach. Keep all chemicals and cleaning products out of your baby’s reach.
- If there is a firearm in the house, both the gun and ammunition must be securely locked and stored separately, not together.
- Be careful with hot liquids. Make sure the oven knobs are on the inside and not on the outside near the edge of the oven to prevent your baby from twisting them.
- Knives, heavy objects and cleaning items must be kept out of reach of children.
- Always watch your child, even in the shower. Don’t expect older kids to look after the baby.
- Make sure furniture, furniture, bookshelves and televisions are securely fixed and cannot fall on the baby.
- Be sure to lock windows at all times to prevent your baby from falling out of windows.
- Let your child wear shoes to protect his feet when going out. Shoes must have a soft, elastic sole and have a wide toe that is long enough to not constrict your baby’s feet
- Always give your baby a sunscreen that protects her from uv-a and uv-b rays and has a protection factor of at least 15 (spf-15) or high when out in the sun to minimize the chance of sunburn. That can lead to more serious skin problems later on. Avoid being outdoors during peak sunlight hours.
- Know the phone number of the local poison control agency and keep them next to the phone or on the refrigerator.