- At 9 months, your baby is crawling like an expert probably.
- A pro at crawling she can possibly manage to crawl with a toy in one hand.
- Stairs, going up and down, crawling is easy for her.
- Cruising—trying to walk along the edge of furniture—is also probably happening.
- The little one is also expert at changing her position from crawling to sitting down, pushing herself up back again.
- Fine motor skills are getting developed too.
- Pincer grip is quite defined and she can even pick up a raisin now.
- Moving objects in a coordinated manner from one hand to another is easy too.
- She can sit and reach for a toy without falling over.
- Her brain is trying to figure out nesting cups, putting pegs in holes and more such tasks.
- Her increased comprehension of language along with mobility, makes it easy for her to follow simple instructions.
- She may respond when you ask her to pick up a toy, by picking it up.
- She has learnt to elicit favorable responses from you—by babbling or blowing bubbles to make you laugh.
- When something falls, or she drops, she will watch the path of its movement, curiously.
- Banging toys, throwing, shaking them is all learning of cause and effect.
- She will be able to wave bye bye if taught.
- Baby will clap and squeal when excited or happy.
- The hippocampus—part of the brain associated with memory –is 40% developed now and she fully recognizes mother’s voice as will the identification with routine.
Emotional and Social Development
- Your little one totally understands how to make you smile or laugh by now.
- She will bring a favourite toy to make you smile.
- But separation anxiety and stranger anxiety is starting to set in.
- She may cry to see you move away from her. Or a toy taken from her.
- If a favourite toy is taken and given to another child, she will show annoyance.
- She will be clingy with adults and favourite toys.
Language and Communication
- The babbling goes on for longer stretches of time now.
- You may feel she is saying out sentences but they are comprehensible to her only.
- But you can hear clear words such as ‘mama’, ‘dada’, or ‘hi’ sometimes.
- Understanding of language will have improved.
- She will understand simple instructions such as “where is the toy”.
- Simple instructions such as ‘No’ will be comprehended by her.
- She will copy and imitate adult’s expressions and words.
- Most babies will start using fingers to point at things they want.
- Many new items can be added to your baby’s menu now.
- She could be eating half cup of veggies, fruits and grains in a day now.
- Finger foods will elicit more interest than mashed food fed to her.
- Milk can be adjusted as per the amount of soft or semi solid food she is taking.
- Baby can be having 3 meals, and 2 snacks a day, including milk.
What you can do to boost her development
- Provide her with plenty of opportunities to crawl, stand, and cruise under supervision.
- Baby proof the house but do not limit her movement.
- Setting limits can start now by telling baby a simple ‘no’ or ‘yes’.
- Chat to your baby all the time—talk about her grandparents, routine etc.
- Copy her and let her copy the animal sounds etc that you make.
- Play more with cause and effect toys.
- Simple blocks, nesting cups, 2 piece puzzles can be tried.
- Reading to her is very important.
- Encourage more and more outdoor time.