A 9 month old baby loves to move and knows how to control his movements more and more. In terms of height, weight, nutrition, development of motor skills and language, there are many progresses he has made compared to the previous months. Let’s list them together.
In this article we want to dedicate many useful tips to new mothers who are struggling with a 9 month old baby. We will focus in particular on the first steps, the first illnesses of the season , allergies , the inclusion of solid foods. In short, we will make a real overview of the progress made by the child during his development.
When the baby is 9 months old, it is already possible to get a clear idea of how he is developing from a psychomotor point of view. You will find that your child at this age will be able to control their movements to achieve specific goals (grasping, moving around, finding out where a sound comes from, and so on).
Even the intellectual progress will be obvious , moreover you can not help but notice that your baby at this age may already have achieved a range of skills: first of all, you sit with your back straight , moving, if necessary , the bust forward to take a toy placed at a certain distance.
In some cases it will havealready learned to crawl or crawl , or may already be able to use the teaspoon on his own to grab food and bring it to his mouth. From this moment on it becomes extremely important to allow him to carry out all the movements of which he is gradually more and more master – grabbing, moving, lifting, turning – without, however, exerting pressure or expecting him to reach goals for which he is not yet ready.
Remember: for every single child there is in fact a “right moment” that must be able to arrive without external forcing which, moreover, would prove more harmful than useful.
How big is a 9 month old baby?
The average weight of a 9-month-old baby is 8.7 kg. But what is the difference between a boy and a girl?
- A baby boy typically weighs between 7.5 kg and 11.5 kg.
- A girl instead, between 7 kg and 11 kg.
The baby at 9 months of age should grow about 500 grams. Its height, on the other hand, will be around 71 cm .
The motor skills of a 9 month old baby
The goal of the child’s first steps is considered the most important during the path that will lead him to autonomy. One of the things to never do is to compare your child to other children of his age: as we said, every child follows his own rhythm, the developments, the firsst steps , the first teeth will arrive when the time is right. Nothing should worry you, just be patient. You will see that the child will be able to make important progress day after day that you yourself will be amazed by. To accompany him in his growth you can choose Fisher-Price toys, designed for the needs of the little ones, they manage to combine play and education at the same time.
- Turtle Crawls with me
It lights up and walks forward to help the baby chase it and stimulate crawling. It can also be used while sitting while having fun with over 35 sounds, melodies and music.
- Zebra First Steps
It teaches the alphabet, numbers and allows you to do many activities for the development of complex motor skills. It can be used sitting or standing trying to take the first steps!
- Little Dog First Steps
The child can play while sitting listening to the music and phrases said by Doggie, or stand up alone and take the first steps. Thanks to the Smart Stages technology and the 3 levels of exploration, the learning contents will change with the age and growth phase of the child.
- Laugh & Learn Doggie Armchair
Thanks to Smart Stages technology, the melodies, phrases and songs to be sung gradually change according to the child’s age. The chair is equipped with a sensor that detects when the child sits or gets up and starts all sounds.
What are the main stages that will lead him to walk? In reality, there are no precise stages, but what matters is that gradually the child, while skipping some of them, reaches the next goal up to the first steps. Let’s recap.
- Already around five months old, the newborn proves to have good head control . He can hold it upright when held in the arms, upright or sitting position. He knows how to rotate it to identify the origin of a sound or a voice and fold it down to observe objects placed on the ground or that have fallen from his hand.
- At the age of six months he could sit alone with his back straight for at least a few seconds without support .
- The 9-month-old baby, on the other hand, knows how to maintain the sitting position for a long time, without staggering or accidentally slipping too many times. He will master more and more the movement of the caliper , that is, between the thumb and forefinger. He can thus take and hold very small objects in his hand . So make sure it can’t get near dangerous objects! While seated, he can grab toys, throw them on the ground and concentrate on them for at least a minute. He appreciates songs, shows enthusiasm when you play hide and seek with him, gets angry when he wants something that is not given to him.
- Between 9 and 10 months it may begin to crawl , or it may crawl. However, the stage of crawling is not compulsory and children who crawl may not walk before those who skip this stage.
After trying and trying again to stand up to make this step with ease, the child can begin to take the first steps by leaning against the wall, furniture, sofas or even when held by the hand.
From now on the child could start walking alone, without support and without asking for help from parents. It should be borne in mind that there are cautious children , who prefer to start walking when they feel very sure of their balance and the ability to manage the inevitable falls.
Only in the event that your child is still not walking at 16 months, it is advisable to consult the pediatrician,but before this moment, just wait.
Attitudes and gestures in a 9 month old baby
The most striking aspect is that during the ninth month , the children will begin to imitate the gestures of mom and dad. For example, if the mother throws a ball at him, the baby will almost certainly bring it back. Or if the father waves his hand, the child does the same.
At 9 months the baby begins to wonder and understand that objects respond to a logic , which is why at this age it is the right time to give him games in which he can rearrange the letters, the animals, the rings in a pyramid, or match the
The language of a 9 month old baby
At nine months, the baby can recognize his name and consequently responds when called. He knows how to say “dad, mom” and tries to imitate the sounds and words he hears, repeating them without getting tired. That is why the child likes to be spoken to and called by name. This is the right time to read him the first books where he himself can observe the letters and their sound.
The behavior of a 9 month old baby
The 9-month-old baby begins to understand the relationships that exist between him and his parents or between them and other babies. One example is that the child understands when he is told no. How does it react? Having understood, he will almost certainly cry to show his disagreement. The child knows perfectly well what he wants and wants it now, he is not used to waiting and if by chance the times are prolonged, he makes his voice heard through screams and crying.
The child at this moment is moving further and further away from the close relationship held up to that moment with the mother and is gradually learning to interact with others, to show empathy.Don’t be surprised if the baby starts crying when he hears another baby crying.
The 9-month-old baby is discovering more and more the outside world , which can seem scary and distressing to him, which is why he often takes refuge and calms down with the soft toy, which represents a reassuring bond with his family.
Feeding a baby at 9 months
At 9 months the baby already has the incisors thanks to which he can bite small pieces of food and try to chew them. Finally, it’s time to switch from smooth fruit and vegetable based purees to solid food, which obviously needs to be offered in small pieces.
For raw food, it is better to wait a little longer and in any case observe the child: he will tell us when he is ready to experiment with this other type of food as well.
During the ninth month it is good to proceed with the diversification of foods to ensure that the little one always discovers new ones and you too can adjust to propose new combinations of tastes and flavors.
The childhe will always tend to eat by bringing the food to his mouth with his hands, but occasionally let him experiment with the spoon. He himself will understand what he prefers, he may prefer the spoon for some types of food, while his hands for others.
9 month old baby: diseases, allergies and ailments
At nine months, the baby is ready for a check-up at the pediatrician. This will give you the opportunity to discuss your development, results, growth and diet with your doctor . Hearing and vision will also be checked. So take the opportunity to ask all the questions perhaps related to fever or allergies that may arise.
The 9-month-old baby may have a fever , even a high one. However, this should not scare you, with the right care it will disappear in a short time. The situation is different regarding febrile convulsions, which are the consequence of the sudden onset of high fever.
It is rare for children to be interested in it, but it is better to know what happens so as not to be frightened if it occurs. The symptoms are unmistakable: the child is suddenly shaken by jerking tremors , then faints, sometimes uttering very slight moans. The seizure typically lasts 1-2 minutes in all.
What to do? During the crisis, the child should be kept lying on the bed and turned on its side . As soon as the crisis resolves, paracetamol must first be given to bring down the fever. Then it is advisable to immediately notify the pediatrician who will outline the right therapy to be used even in the event of subsequent crises.
The 9-month-old baby may begin to have allergy to dust mites, which often nest where there is dirt. The main symptoms are usually: sneezing, mucus from the nose, tearing and redness of the eyes, dermatitis, itching and in severe cases, asthma attacks . The latter are characterized by an important breathing difficulty due to the sudden narrowing of the bronchi.
What to do in these cases? First you need to consult the pediatrician and decide together whether or not it is appropriate to do real allergy tests to confirm that it is allergy to mites. We must then try to keep the rooms as clean as possibleand the furnishing of the rooms where the child stays the most.
For example: cover mattresses and bed pillows with special covers that prevent the passage of the mite; eliminate heavy curtains and hairy carpets; wipe the floor and furniture with a damp cloth every day to remove dust without lifting it; do not use the broom but only the vacuum cleaner; do not give the baby plush toys. Air the house every day, even in winter.