9 Month Old Baby

9 Month Old Baby

You may feel tempted by those cute baby shoes with a 9 month old baby, especially if he or she has started pulling into a standing position while holding onto furniture. But there is no need to rush with those shoes because your baby may not need them a couple of months from now and even if he or she turns out to be an early walker, it is better to let your 9 months old baby to walk barefoot. Firstly, walking barefoot stimulates development of muscles in his or her feet and secondly, he or she will have a better grip that with the shoes making falling accidents rarer.

What To Expect:
It is normal to expect for your 9 months old baby to make the first steps, however, do not be disappointed if he or she does not seem closer to walking. In fact, it is more realistic to expect the first unassisted steps around your baby 1st birthday. In the meanwhile, he or she will most likely be practising pulling up into a standing position by holding onto furniture and “cruising“ (walking while holding on furniture) rather than attempt to walk. Do not pressure your baby because each baby is unique and reaches developmental milestones at his or her own pace. In addition to first attempts to walk, you will also notice your baby developing a better pincer grasp. As a result, more food will actually end up in his or her mouth and your baby will be able to play with smaller toys. At this age, babies start to enjoy playing on their own which will give you more time for yourself. Understanding the language is still limited to a few words at the age of 9 months and your baby will comprehend what you want from him or her from the tone of your voice rather than the actual words. However, his or her babbling will start making more sense although he or she will still speak in Martian rather than English. Every now and then you may be able to hear some real words including mama and dada but your baby is still not connecting these sounds with mom and dad. As already mentioned earlier, your baby understands the meaning only of a handful words among which is also no. However, do not expect from your child to actually obey and keep in mind that he or she is still too young for discipline. Instead, keep the valuables out of your baby’s reach and try to distract him or her rather than exercising authority.

What You Need To Know:
Separation and stranger anxiety usually peaks at the age of 9 months. If your baby did not have problems with being away from you and interacting with unfamiliar people, he or she may suddenly become unusually upset when leaving room or/and around people he or she does not see often. Displaying fear from strangers and having a hard being separated from you is normal for babies at this age although not all seem to have problems with being around stranger nor distressed when you leave the room for instance. It takes some times for babies to get over separation and stranger anxiety. Meanwhile, you can try distracting your baby when he or she is likely to become upset.

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