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Your Baby at 9 Months:

What Most Babies Do at This Age:

Social / Emotional

•May be afraid of strangers

•May be clingy with familiar adults

•Has favorite toys


Language / Communication

•Understands “no”

•Makes a lot of different sounds like “mamamama” and “bababababa”

•Copies sounds and gestures of others

•Uses fingers to point at things


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

•Watches the path of something as it falls

•Looks for things he sees you hide

•Plays peek-a-boo

•Puts things in her mouth

•Moves things smoothly from one hand to the other

•Picks up things like cereal o’s between thumb and index finger


Movement / Physical Development

•Stands, holding on

•Can get into sitting position

•Sits without support

•Pulls to stand




Act Early by Talking to Your Child’s Doctor if Your Child:

•Doesn’t bear weight on legs with support

•Doesn’t sit with help

•Doesn’t babble (“mama”, “baba”, “dada”)

•Doesn’t play any games involving back-and-forth play

•Doesn’t respond to own name

•Doesn’t seem to recognize familiar people

•Doesn’t look where you point

•Doesn’t transfer toys from one hand to the other

"The beginning of something is always important, especially when it is young and needs time to grow." ~Plato

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