Growth (0-12 mo)
Your Baby At 9 Months
Your child might be standing up and walking while holding onto something. But they find it hard to sit down afterward. So don’t wear them shoes yet – it’s best for them to feel the ground with just their feet. Further, your baby will still have a “baby” look, with a pot belly, chubby legs, and arms at 9 months old.
But as they start to test their walking and standing, they’ll lose some of that chub. At nine months old, your child will have:
• Add ten inches in length.
• Add weight at a slower rate
• Shown 0.25 to 0.5 inches of head growth
At 9 months, your child is closer to being named as a toddler. As soon as your baby starts toddling around, he or she will transition into toddlerhood. Below are some mental and physical developments you can expect at this age:
Your baby will:
• Stand from the ground by holding onto furniture
• Creeps on the ground or scoot with one leg
• Stand up without help
• Points at something that they like
• Imitates words
• Bring to say easy words like “Da” and “Ma”
At 9 months, your baby:
• Can see colors properly
• Want to know how things work
• Will become curious
• May show separation fear
• Will now know where you keep some items in the house. You can no longer trick them by “hiding” things.
Tips for parents
At 9-month-old, your baby will love to move around. Allow him or her to crawl, stand, and walk. But make sure you supervise your child’s movement.
It’s not wrong to set limits. Your child should know the word “no.” Use the word anytime your baby is about to do something bad. Walk around with your child while holding their hands so he or she can learn how to move on two feet.
Feeding babies can be a little complicated but this is one of the discussions among women. But not many have this opportunity. So if you wonder what to feed your baby at 9 months, here’s a little hint:
• First hint
Continue it the jarred or homemade baby food your child already likes, but now in new ways. Let’s say you’ve been spooning a jar of peas into her mouth, attempt to stir the peas into mashed potatoes or tiny cooked pasta this time.
• Time to be creative
It is easy to find prepackaged finger foods for babies, but you should use them sparingly because they contain extra sugar and preservatives. Once your baby masters this food, you can begin to get more adventurous. But try a new meal at a time and ensure you watch out for allergies.
Sample meals to serve your baby!
Pancakes or waffles
Yogurt: Stick to unsweetened yogurt
Remember this… No doubts, babies are different, and so, they’ll act in their own time. Your child may not crawl right now while other babies may go straight to walking. Know that babies have distinct crawling styles. Also, this age is the time to build the foundation of your child’s eating habits; you’ve got to make it healthy, tasty, and convenient. Ensure all these, and your child will be on the way to a lifetime of a great meal.
Talk to your doctor if you are worried about your baby’s development.