Written by Aparna Hari
Your baby is picking up the pace much faster than you expected. Babbling, trying to repeatedly communicate, recognizing mom and dad and caretakers and searching for them are all the 9 month old baby milestones that you will observe.
You will also see that your baby is able to play on their own for longer stretches of time without bothering you. But since they re exploring more, chances of hurting themselves during play such as choking on toys, getting cuts, etc can increase. Monitored playtime and activity time become all the more important from now.
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Here are the different milestones your baby must reach at around 9 months
Babies can identify familiar sounds and music. They will react to familiar voices (dad’s or mom’s), and you can see them responding to their favorite tracks too.
Babies love to see moving things. They will track the movement of people around them, toys with lights and music, etc. Babies will even show interest in just sitting and observing the traffic or people passing by.
Babies can recognize smells. You might find your little one moving towards some inviting smell of food items.
As the palate improves, your baby will be eager to try new items. They will be keen to taste different textures of food.
Babies will love to touch and explore new textures. They will try to understand new toys, food items, and everything lying around them.
Your baby can bend and use their fingers better. Apart from a better pincer grip, you may notice your baby take objects and place them in a different spot. Babies will love to hold things and throw or shove them into gaps.
Limbs and back start getting stronger. Your baby can sit up longer without support. They can even transfer items from one hand to another with ease.
Babies will prefer and cling to adults they are familiar with. They may develop stranger anxiety and become restless in crowds.
Your baby can sit up, move, hold items, and shift them from one hand to another or from hand to a certain spot.
Most babies will start crawling in some manner at this stage. They will find ways and means to move from one place to another without any help.
Some babies can start telling monosyllable words like ma, pa, tha, va, etc. Most of them can understand simple words and may even respond to them.
Babies start understanding size, shape, colors, and distance. You may catch your baby dropping things and watch how they fall and what happens.
Here is what you can do, to help them develop on various fronts
At the end of their 9th month, babies must be able to
You should consider meeting a doctor of you baby
Babies show a lot of improvement in various aspects. Your baby’s development need not match another baby’s. Unless you see a big delay or a big drop in weight, there is nothing to worry about.
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