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Developmental Milestones for Your 9-Month Old


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Remember that every child develops at a different pace.  So, not every child will be able to perform all of the following skills.  However, if your child or a child that you know is lacking in a great number of these developmental milestones, please contact your Regional Service Coordinator to arrange a free evaluation.

By 9 Months Old I Can:

  • Sit up without much help
  • Begin to pull myself up and stand with help
  • Crawl or scoot myself forward
  • Use my thumb and finger together to pick up little things
  • Recognize and look for familiar people
  • Start to imitate and make sounds like real words (Mamma, Dada)
  • Love to dump toys or things out of containers
  • Look at people and things without my eyes crossing or squinting
  • Hold objects at a normal distance

 

To Help Me Develop and Keep Me Healthy, My Family Can:

  • Play simple games like peek-a-boo, all gone, and so big
  • Sing and read to me
  • Give me a safe place to move all around
  • Help me stand upright
  • Give me toys that do things, push, pull, or make noise
  • Help me learn to trust and feel secure by responding to my cries and sounds
  • Know basic first aid and CPR
  • Protect me from sharp corners I could bump into
  • Gate off stairs at top and bottom
  • Lower my crib mattress again so I can stand safely
  • Never leave me alone in the tub
  • Secure me in my high chair
  • Let me feed myself pieces of soft food
  • Don't let me eat hotdogs, peanuts, hard candy, or popcorn -- I can choke
  • Begin to offer me a cup for liquids
  • Brush my teeth daily with a small soft-bristled toothbrush and water

 

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