Your Baby is 9 Months Old

Has your baby turned nine months old? We are entering the last quarter before turning one!

By nine months, your baby has already become an expert “tester” of new foods, and he likes them more and more!

However, it is also becoming more stubborn, so you will have to use all your “mommy weapons” to establish healthy and safe habits for your little one.

We help you understand the development and growth of nine-month-old babies!

Growth and development of your 9-month-old baby

Around the age of nine months, the little one already sits without help and holds his back well. How else has your psychomotor development evolved?

  • The baby looks for an object that has fallen to the ground.
  • At this age, it is ideal to play the game with the baby, which consists of covering his face and “hiding”, and then uncovering. Your baby’s laughs will be worth recording.

We are on our way to 10 months and your son has already become a great talker. How do the development of your language and your communication skills evolve?

  • He has fun imitating the sounds of the people who speak to him, splutters long incompressible speeches, modulating his voice and varying the tone and volume, in the same way, that you do.
  • Suddenly, one day, he will pronounce his first word. But if instead of “mom” or “dad”, you pronounce the name of any unthinkable object, it doesn’t matter. Of course, it does not mean that you are not the centre of their thoughts. The important thing is that, for him, this new adventure towards the world of the “elders” is beginning.
  • To help him learn to speak, repeat to him several times and in a clear voice the names of the people he loves most or the objects you offer him looking at his face so that he can imitate the movement of your lips.
  • Also, you can repeat the name of the objects that he points with his finger, a practice that from now on will be very common.

It is possible that around this time your baby is already crawling or, failing that, crawling with the help of his legs and arms, which, like his little hands, are becoming stronger. How do you follow this and other milestones in development?

  • His reflexes are already much more trained and if you hold him by the waist or below the armpits resting his feet on a stable surface, he may already begin to take small steps, as if he wanted to start walking.
  • It is likely that he will stand upright in the crib or in the park, leaning on the barriers, and that he will use the sofas, coffee table and other furniture to get up and stand up.
  • He less and less likes to be in his arms and perhaps protests when you fuck him: he is now a little explorer who loves to investigate everything around him, which will also force you to take precautions and safety in all corners of the home.

And now, do you want to check the weight and height percentiles your little one is in? Here’s our handy growth chart!

Feeding your 9-month-old baby

At nine months, the time has come to introduce raw greens and vegetables such as tomato, celery, or fennel. What else is happening in your baby’s diet?

  • You can introduce citrus and grapes, without seeds or skin. In any case, your child’s paediatrician is the one who has the last word when it comes to introducing new foods.
  • The order of introduction or the times can vary, but the objective is always the same: to get the baby to get used to the new flavours and textures gradually and limiting the risk of allergies.

REMEMBER! Every time you introduce a new food into your baby’s diet, watch him. In this way, you will notice immediately in the event that an allergic type reaction manifests.

Your 9-month-old baby’s dream

As for your baby’s sleep at this age, he usually has a more or less consolidated habit, and night feeding and subsequent awakenings are no longer frequent, although they can also continue to occur. What helps your child sleep well?

  • From the age of six months, it is even more important to follow the same “operating plan” before sleeping, that is, to resort to the classic routines that favour sleep reconciliation. What does it consist of?
  • The most effective routine is to bathe the child, which has a great relaxing effect, as well as putting his pyjamas on, feeding him, pampering him and putting him to bed.
  • In this way, the child learns to consider the time to go to sleep as a natural and reassuring conclusion of a series of pleasant actions.
  • In any case, it is the parents who must assess whether the little one has a good sleep habit, and what are the actions that most relax him and prepare him for a restful sleep if he needs them.

ATTENTION! Over the months, dads can “let their guard down” on some basic sleep precautions, like putting a baby to sleep on his or her back. However, at nine months, the little one can move around at night.

Tips and well-being for your 9-month-old baby

How is teething? Normally, between eight and ten months the upper lateral incisors begin to emerge, while the central incisors should have already appeared.

Speaking of teeth, does your child also have a passion for putting his finger in his mouth? Why does it happen?

  • Finger sucking is an instinctive act and a source of pleasure, but if you have your finger in your mouth for many hours a day, you risk altering the shape of the dental arches in the long term, which would determine that the upper arch either protruding excessively or an asymmetry in the occlusion of the mouth.
  • Anyway, if it is not an exaggerated time, the act of thumb sucking is the most normal thing for a baby, who finds sucking comfort for all his problems. I mean

Now that he has learned the cause-effect concept and knows, for example, that he has to tip the bottle to drink, the baby is also capable of solving problems through play. The best toys to train this type of skills are those that require moving a piece, pressing a button to see what happens, fitting different shapes into a mould, sorting cubes, etc.

ADVICE! Sucking on a finger, pacifier, or whatever is within reach is a natural act for the baby. Your mouth is your quintessential exploration tool. Let him experiment, but always control what goes into his mouth. Safety comes first!

How to stimulate your 9-month-old baby

At 9 months of age, the child’s curiosity is growing. You will want to grab everything in your reach and play with everything around you, even with food! That is why it is very important to find games and exercises that stimulate your development, both brain and motor, at this stage of your life in which you will almost be walking.

But what are the best games for 9-month babies? In this article, we will give you some tips to stimulate your baby and get him to develop optimally.

How is the brain of a 9-month-old baby

Babies are often very restless at this stage and will love to fill and empty boxes with their own toys. Also, it is likely that by 9 months they will be able to stand up and even take a few clutch steps. Some children, very few, can walk alone, but it is not usual. In any case, from this age, it is essential to put extra security at home, especially on the stairs, since they will try to lower them.

At this age, they are also able to pronounce some syllables such as “ma”, “pa” or “ta” and they can even imitate a word clearly. They will also be more attentive to adult conversations.

At 9 months, a baby will measure about 72 cm and weigh around 9 kilos in the case of children. In the case of girls, they will measure approximately 70 cm and weigh 8.6 kg on average. Of course, not all children are created equal and this may vary slightly.

How to stimulate the development of your brain

You might be wondering how you can stimulate the brain development of a 9-month-old baby, especially if it is your first baby, and the answer is very simple: through games and activities. By doing these games and activities, the baby will have to think and make premeditated movements, so he will be developing both his brain and body.

Games to stimulate the 9-month-old baby’s brain

There are plenty of games and activities that 9-month-olds can do to stimulate their brains. Let’s see below the most common:

  • Playing ball: one of the simplest but most effective games is the ball. You just have to sit your baby and do the same at a distance. Throw the ball at him and ask him to return it to you. The first few times it may not return it to you, but over time it will learn to do so.
  • Crawling: Crawling is very important in this day and age, which is why one of the best games for 9-month-old babies is crawling alongside him. You can even cheer him up by crawling faster when he’s at ease.
  • Games in the mirror: at 9 months they love to look in the mirror. Therefore, a very fun game will be to get close to a mirror and make chants while you laugh. It will stimulate the baby to do the same.
  • Stretch the plasticine
  • Hide an object: you can try to hide an object that the baby is playing with, from this age on it will be able to search for it because it knows that the object is there, even if it does not see (object permanence).
  • Throwing objects: from 9 months babies are already able to pick up objects using the “clamp” between their thumb and index finger, so they will have a lot of fun throwing objects voluntarily while parents pick them up.

Activities to develop the baby’s brain

The baby’s brain can develop in different ways and it is not always necessary to perform activities in which the baby has to move. It is also important to reinforce auditory and language stimulation and not just focus on cognitive stimulation. What exercises and activities to stimulate the development of 9-month-old babies can we do?

To stimulate the language of 9-month-old babies, the following activities are recommended:

  • One of the most recommended games from 9 months is to teach the baby to call mom and dad. To do this, you will have to sit in front of the baby and cover your face with both hands. Then, you will ask him: “Where’s mom?”, And you will uncover your face saying “mom.” Once a baby learns to say, mom and dad, uncover when he says it.
  • Imitation of animals: try to imitate animal sounds with toys while you say the name of each one of them. You will see that in a short time he will learn to imitate these animals too.

To promote auditory stimulation, activities such as:

  • Palming: Create a rhythm with your palms and try to get your baby to follow suit.
  • Play music and try to keep up with the hands. Over time, your baby will repeat your movements.

Exercise baby crawling at 9 months

At 9 months it is usual for the baby to be crawling. It is important to further stimulate crawling by playing with obstacles. Climbing stairs, descending stairs, helping him to stand up or around an object will allow him to further develop his motor apparatus and will learn to stand up and walk faster.

You should always bear in mind that the development of each baby is different, so you have to respect the rhythm of each one, but always promoting this evolution.

Important breastfeeding provides the best nutrition for babies. The pediatrician is the one who can best advise you on the care and nutrition of your child, and on the foods you should add to the diet as it grows.

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