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9 month old baby development

At nine months old, your baby is on the go non-stop including crawling, which she is quickly mastering, and walking, which she is keen to have a go at; here's what else you can expect:

By this time, your baby is turning into a budding comedian who will do anything to raise a laugh.

She will also be an avid mimic, copying the sounds you make, and she will be turning into a little performer.

You will become quite used to the fake cough, repeated again and again for effect. Her play will also be becoming more sophisticated as her understanding of the world increases. When playing  peek-a-boo, for example, she will realise that, although out of sight, you haven't disappeared altogether.

She will be able to put objects into a container and remove them again and will like toys with moving parts, such as wheels, levers or doors that open.

What's more, if you attempt to take away her toy, she might begin to object as she becomes more adept at asserting her wants and desires.

About half of all nine-month-olds will initiate passing games, giving away toys and then taking them back. Be her playmate; try rolling a ball to your baby when you’re playing on the floor and see if she rolls it back to you.

Her stranger anxiety will most probably be on the increase at this time, making her more cautious as to whose arms she will go into – usually just mummy and daddy and perhaps grandparents if they are on the scene regularly.

By now, your baby's understanding of words far outpaces her ability to use them.

In reality, she will comprehend more from your tone than from the words you use. At nine months, a baby begins to understand the word "no" but she may not obey just yet.

However, she will respond to her name by looking around or by stopping what she's doing to see who called. Encourage this by saying her name frequently.

Your baby at nine months:

She should be able to:

  • Combine syllables into word-like sounds
  • Stand while holding onto someone or something
  • Work to get a toy that's out of reach
  • Look for a dropped toy
  • Play peekaboo

She will probably be able to:

  • Bang objects together
  • Crawl well
  • Pull herself into a standing position and walk holding onto furniture
  • Pick things up with thumb-finger pincer grasp
  • Get into a sitting position from her stomach
  • Object if you take a toy away
  • Point at objects

She might be able to:

  • Say "mama" and "dada" to the right parent
  • Wave goodbye
  • Respond to her name
  • Understand "no" but not always obey it
  • Play ball (roll a ball back to you)
  • Stand alone momentarily
  • Take a couple of cautious steps
  • Indicate her wants with gestures

What to expect from your baby at month 10

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