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Your baby, 9 months

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9 months old Your baby will be beginning to talk soon! You may have already heard a recognizable word, but now your baby will start to say things voluntarily. Praise your baby and congratulate her for a job well done. Babies like to please adults and if she knows that you are proud, she will be more likely to attempt it again. When you are talking to her, use hand motions to show her what you are talking about. Remember to use clear words so that she can imitate your sounds. When your baby is crying for help or whining for something that she wants, remind her that she can tell you what she wants without crying.

He can crawl up stairs now, so make sure you are using gates at your stairways. He may be able to stand up and take steps at this point. He is able to walk with the support of a sturdy structure or your help. Your baby likes to bang toys together and make noise. If you give your baby blocks, watch him build a tower with them. Your baby probably likes to scribble on paper and likes when she can see you do the same.

Your baby may be scared of things that she was scared of before. This is normal and will probably pass. Your baby is becoming stubborn and begins to test authority at times. This is a part of her becoming independent. She likes to show you her toys, but most likely does not like to share them. Because your baby is beginning to test you and needs more guidance now, it is important to know how to discipline babies. You should prevent a situation that will allow him to do something that you do not like. Do not leave the remote on the table if you don't want him to push a button. Ignore behaviors that are not harmful. If your baby has pulled all of your socks out of the drawer, pick them up and ignore it. Otherwise, it teaches him that he can do things to get your attention. Reward your baby when she is playing well. Don't keep your baby in a playpen or swing all day long. She will not be able to experience the freedom she needs to learn.

Encourage him to use all of his senses every day. Play different types of music for your baby to hear. Introduce your baby to different cultures by playing international music. Allow him to play with toys that have various textures, patterns, colors, sizes and shapes. When you are feeding your baby, give him a variety of flavors try. Your baby can even experience different scents.

Give your baby a large bowl full of dry cereal, noodles,rice, water or other small items. Hand him some measuring spoons or cups and let him dump and scoop the objects. When he learns how to use one item, give him another one to try out. You can also give him old boxes or containers to stack. Other toys that your baby might like are: balls, nesting blocks, books, bath toys, push toys, toys with lights and sounds, musical instruments, dolls and puppets, large trucks and cars, and toy telephones.

Continue to encourage your baby to feed herself by giving her fruits, vegetables, crackers, cereals and cheeses that he can easily eat on his own. Even if your baby is messy when he is eating, praise him for feeding himself. If your baby refuses one type of food today, try it again another day. It can take several tries before a baby will like some foods.

Developmental Milestones 9 Months Old

  • Enjoys walking while holding onto a sturdy object
  • Perfects pulling to a standing position
  • Can stand with assistance
  • Some babies will take small steps on their own

  • Your baby loves to play games
  • Uses the pincer grasp well
  • Drinks from a cup
  • Says mama and dada
  • Understands no
  • Can complete simple commands

  • Does not like sleep-may skip the morning nap
  • Wants to be with you or another familiar face
  • Shy around strangers
  • Is beginning to understand that you will return when you leave

Age Appropriate Toys
  • Toys with faces
  • Stuffed animals
  • Books
  • Balls
  • Musical toys
  • Stacking toys
  • Building toys
  • Toys that roll
  • Push toys
  • Exersaucer
  • Jumpers


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MamaLuvnJah - Thursday, 30 Jan
Hi Ladies, I used IAP for all 3 of my pregnancies some of you remember me. I am TTC baby #4. We started a fun moms group on facebook. We have a lot of IAP moms and moms that I've known for years. Our facebook group name: Cause mommy says so. Please join our great group of friends. I'd love to add some new moms to the group.

Jen11 - Saturday, 9 Nov
Moving on up..Sara is 10 months today!

3loveofmylife - Saturday, 2 Nov
Jen thank you he is taking more and more steps everyday and he loves walking he gets the biggest smile on his face when he is walking lol. and he's feeling a lot better now still just 6 teeth. good for Sara sleeping and eating better hope she keeps it up.

Jen11 - Wednesday, 30 Oct
Well done Noah for the walking! Sorry to hear he has a cold again 3love. We are fine. Sarah slept much better the last few nights and is eating much better again!

3loveofmylife - Monday, 28 Oct
And we are down with another cold ugh it seems like Noah gets sick at least once a month. how are you ladies doing.

3loveofmylife - Thursday, 24 Oct
i am so excited to say that Noah took his first 3 steps yesterday at 10 months and 5 days then he took another 4 steps and he keep wanting to walk cuz he saw me getting excited every time so he would take 1 to 2 steps and start laughing lol it was so cute i'm so proud of him. oh and he learned how to say stop so every time i tell him not to touch that he'll say top he can't say the s yet i can't help but laugh i know i shouldn't but i think it just too cute lol. Verena aww i hope Sam feels better soon. my parents are about 10min away from me so i'm there like 2 to 3 times a week and i love her cooking she's always taking care of me it's really nice. have fun with the girls, and yes it was just that one time now he's back to 1 hour naps i'll take that too lol.

verena - Sunday, 20 Oct
Hello ladies, thanks on the egg, I will start introducing it too as you're doing it! Sam has a really bad cold, his nose completely stuck up in the mornings and all yucky yellow.. But he's just as happy as always, such an angel.. I have a weeks hols as from today and we are going to our parents in Lucerne, then on Friday I'm going out with two girlfriends (cant wait!!!). Good to be around our parents and being taken care of, we'll needed! Good on Noah for napping so long, hope it wasn't a one off!! Sam went to sleep yesterday at 6pm and woke this morning at 7.. It's cold is knocking him out! Hugs to both of you!

3loveofmylife - Friday, 18 Oct
omg Noah has been napping for 2 hours now and he's still a sleep i don't know what to do i've never had this much free time since before he was born lol. i should have taken a nap too, but my other 2 are up cuz they don't take naps during day. so how are you ladies doing, i hope you ladies are getting your much needed rest like i'm right now. oops i hear Noah he's up.

3loveofmylife - Thursday, 17 Oct
Glad to hear the babies are doing great and they are happy. Noah's finally felling better and eating again yay, he's a happy baby with 6 teeth. Jen hope your having fun with the family.

Jen11 - Wednesday, 16 Oct
Hi ladies. All is well thanks, just been busy as we have my husbands two sisters visiting for a while. Verena, Sara has had whole egg since about a month ago. She seems to be a bit off her food the last two days and is taking less formula, but she is so happy otherwise.

3loveofmylife - Tuesday, 15 Oct
Verena i started giving Noah eggs a week a go just the white part it was the only thing he would eat cuz he's been sick just like Sam and he's got 3 more teeth coming in it was 2 now 1 more is showing, and he loves eggs now, with my other 2 i didn't give them eggs till they were one year old. lol Noah also hates being alone by himself in a room. it's was 65f here today and i love this kind of weather. hope things are good at work and Sam fells better soon. Jen hope you guys are doing great.

verena - Sunday, 13 Oct
Just checking in quickly, are you ok? Sam still has sniffles but is coughing less. He HATES being alone in a room and let's us know- man he has a loud voice when he wants to! It's great, interaction starting now, he wants me to repeat things that make him laugh, points to me and goes 'adda', I love it! Will switch to cow milk at the end of his first year. He's not too much into his milk now any,ore, in the mornings yes, but the rest of the day prefers solids. I compensate with yogurts, I also mix it into his fruit in the afternoon. Anyone started on eggs yet? It's getting cool here, have the big sleeping bag installed on the pram now. He wants to move, so sticking him into too many layers is not his favourite.. LOL Have a great rest of the eve!

3loveofmylife - Thursday, 10 Oct
Verena poor you it must be hard working long hours and being away from the family, glad to hear from you. i hope Sam gets better soon. LOL i don't know why i laughed when you said energy levels we are all still young and ladies are having kids in their late 40s, but i get it, for me it gets exhausted sometimes when 1 or 2 are sick or all 3 and they all need me at the same time, but it also is the best job in the world. Noah is still sick and he's teething 2 more teeth are coming in and he's not eating so well. Jen thanks. how did Sara do with her shots. you guys are still young, you still have plenty of time, and yeah get a move on with trying lol and i will also be crossing my fingers for you hope it happens soon.

Jen11 - Wednesday, 9 Oct
Verena, great to hear form you again. I'm sorry to hear you are still so busy at work. Hope Sam gets over his cold soon. Thanks for the kind words about the infertility journey, it was tough, but my Sara is worth every moment of it. I'm quite confident about the second try as we now know exactly where all my issues were. We have to get a move on with trying though, because although I'm only 31, my hubby is now 54...a young 54, but we want to have the children while he can still enjoy them and he'd like to be around to see them through to adulthood, lol. Sara now has three teeth, and one more on the way and she has been crawling since the end of August and is very confident walking along the furniture, and occasionally tries to let go and stand on her own, but I'm in no rush for her to walk yet.

verena - Tuesday, 8 Oct
Jen and 3love! Im Sorry I've been so out of touch, strike at work stil going on so long days and not so much time off.. Family is well, although Sam has a cold again like Noah and he's started to cough two days ago.. Jen, 12 years is a hell of a long time, congratulations for hanging in there and not given up hope, and look at little Sarah now! You must be so proud! We waited 3 years for maxime and another 3 for Sam, but that's nothing compared to you!! Good on you for trying for another one! My second pregnancy was fab until 7 months, then it got hard, with too much weight gain rapidly and max running around, but all in all so worth it, although I don't think we'll be going for a third one.. I'm already past 38, and my hubbie is 45, it's just not the same with the energy levels lol.. Just like you 3 love, I would have liked a girl, and one never knows what might change our minds some day, but for now, we're just enjoying the two little pirates. Funnily enough, I couldn't wait to stop breast feeding maxime and with Sam I was also a bit sad, but it passed, knowing I had so much more freedom with the bottle, and formula is so advanced nowadays, so I stripped worrying. Sam has 8 teeth and moves along the sofa and furniture confidently, not quite sure he wants to walk on his own yet, but I am glad if he waits a little longer. Max walked at 9 months and 4 days, very independent little soul (still is) lol. I've missed you both, sorry I haven't been in touch earlier. I hope you're doing better now and that you can see things in a brighter way soon, will keep my fingers crossed for your treatments Jen! Sam has 210mls of formula with a spoon of cereals in the morning, then solids at12 followed by yoghurt, fruit with yoghurt and cereal at 4, then solids at 6.30 pm and around 180ml of formula again with cereal at 7.30pm before sleeping by 7.45h usually. Then gone until around 6.30am for a little talk and back to sleep until just after 7am. Sending you brig all my love and read you soon! Xxx

Jen11 - Tuesday, 8 Oct
Sorry to hear that Noah is sick 3love. I hope he gets better soon. I have to take Sara for her measles shot tomorrow :-(

3loveofmylife - Monday, 7 Oct
Noah is sick again with a cold poor guy couldn't breathe through his nose last night, and he doesn't want anybody but me.

3loveofmylife - Wednesday, 18 Sep
Noah is 9 months today and he's doing great. still just 3 teeth.

Lissie**** - Wednesday, 28 Aug
OH and he has 4 teeth as of 7.5-8 months. some more on the way I think...

Lissie**** - Wednesday, 28 Aug
You ladies are amazing with your weight loss. I am proud of you! I started 20+ heavier...I've been hovering just over my pre-pregnancy weight since about 6months pp. which leaves me with the 20 I started with now + a few. I have been right about there for 3 months and just need to quit the soda! and I was running 30-40 minutes for a few months which helped me get to that point but developed large ovarian cysts and haven't been able to safely jog :( I think I've just been depressed a little and discouraged over the pain and cysts. I need to animarme (motivate) myself and just get back to exercising!!! My LO is so much fun. I love to kiss his fat cheeks and soak up his sweetness through many many hugs each day...I'm so in love ha ha. he started crawling 5 months? maybe 5.5. I'd have to look it up... but he is still not walking with out holding on. He'll stand with out holding on sometimes if distracted by a toy....and has been cruising since 6.5 months? No talking other than dadadadaddy to his daddy when he sees him. He only says this to daddy. Also, when he REALLY wants my attention he will make a word that mimics ma-muh-ma-ma-muh. he understands words though. and will show me what hurt him pointing with his whole hand to an object and mumbling gibberish...pretty funny/cute actually.

Lissie**** - Wednesday, 28 Aug
oopixiesticks// I think some babies are just able to handle texture sooner than others. Two of my nieces had major gag reflex and couldn't swallow much even well after 12 months. My youngest refused baby food from the jar and pureed food. He demanded texture pretty much from 6 months on. at least some texture. I was feeding him table food not much later. Of course I'd cut it smaller and mash it some. Now he eats most things my older kids eat. Though I watch out for certain types of meat b/c seems to choke more. I don't know what you can do to help baby chew?

oopixiesticks - Monday, 19 Aug
Hi everyone! havent posted in a long time... My little one will be 10 months on the 25th and she has been taking steps about 4 at a time the other day she took 7! but her butt is so big she keeps falling down on it.. lol anyways what are you ladies feeding your babies now? I dont think my baby can chew very well... i gave her baby food in those pouches they sell with texture said for 7months+ and she was choking on it and i only gave her half a babyspoon full? and i let her swallow that down gave her milk and tried a tiny bit again and she choked again? I been blending her food still with no texture not sure what to do to get her to chew properly??

weber3 - Monday, 12 Aug
Hello all! Jordan has 4 teeth now, and starting to walk around furniture. He still LOVES food, will eat whatever you put in his mouth and cry for more. I have lost all my baby weight plus an extra 15 pounds but I gained 3 back lol. I was too skinny. Wish so much my body would cycle again soon so we can ttc but Jordan nurses all night unfortunately so not a chance. Maybe when I go back to work in about a month. Hubby is back after 5 months or working away and he is without a job again :(

amw050383 - Friday, 9 Aug
Good for you guys and the weight loss! I am a little below my pre-pregnancy weight (130lbs) but def. need to tone my stomach up! Zane has 6 teeth too and I think the other 2 bottom ones are making their way. He's been really drooly and biting EVERYTHING (me included). He is super fast at crawling and pull up on everything. He has started to let go of whatever he is holding onto for a few seconds. It's a battle now to do diaper changes and put clothes on him. He is so squirmy and gets super mad at me haha! Cant believe he will be 10 months wed!

jamie86 - Wednesday, 7 Aug
Oh and Adleigh is doing great. She has two teeth and still doesn't crawl. I don't think she ever will as she doesn't like her knees on the floor but she still gets around pretty fast. She is finally pulling up to stand and can cruise around but doesn't do it a lot. It's odd for us not having her walk yet.

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