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Baby's Development: Ninth Month

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Posted on: October 13th, 2017by Ivana Stamenkovic

Your Baby’s Appearance at Ninth Month of Life

Once you see your baby standing, you'll be tempted to buy her some cute shoes or sneakers. But, don't. Your baby's feet are still not ready for footwear. There'll be plenty of time for your baby to wear shoes, and now is the time to let her walk barefoot. Remember that your baby's feet are still developing so they don't look like adult’s feet (they have a fat padding under the arches).

Your Baby’s Growth at Ninth Month of Life

Most babies have a growth spurt around the ninth month, so your baby might grow a little more than you thought. Babies grow by leaps and bounds - one day her clothes will perfectly fit, and the other one you'll have to find her something new to wear.

Your Baby’s Motor Skills at Ninth Month of Life

You should create a safe area where your baby can improve her motor skills. Let her crawl, sit, stand, and even walk while holding onto furniture. But remember, no matter how safe the area is, you should never leave your baby unsupervised. Most nine-months-old babies should put their weight on their feet if you hold them upright above a surface. And their fine motor skills are improving, too. Offer her some age appropriate toys which can help her practice her newfound motor skills. She'll enjoy filling and emptying containers. You may also see her trying to figure out which object fits in which hole, or how cups fit into each other. You'll see your baby passing toys from one hand to the other, and playing games that require back-and-forth play.

Your Baby’s Senses at Ninth Month of Life

Your baby’s vision has really improved since the time she was born. Now, she can easily see across the room and she quickly recognizes familiar faces and objects. She'll recognize familiar voices and sounds, too. Some babies respond to their name. Be particularly careful at this age, since babies tend to put all things into their mouth. That's how they explore their surroundings.

Your Baby’s Sleeping at Ninth Month of Life

As your baby grows she'll prefer being awake and playing rather than sleeping, so you shouldn't be surprised if her sleep patterns change. She may protest, but daytime naps are still important for her. Sleep regression is also common in this month. Babies learn new skills every day, and they may decide to practice them right in the middle of the night. Nine-months-old babies don't need to sleep through the night, even though their parents might think different. Luckily, she's old enough for a sleep training. Find a method that fits you and give it a try.

Your Baby’s Eating at Ninth Month of Life

Don't be surprised if at around the ninth month your baby loses interest in breastfeeding. It doesn’t necessarily mean you should stop breastfeeding, but you shouldn't be concerned if she stops, either. You may try expressing your breast milk, and bottle feeding your baby if you wish. By this time, she might hold the bottle by herself. If your baby is showing any interest, encourage her to feed herself and practice pincer grasp. And don't worry about the mess, as she learns she'll be better at it. Be careful when introducing new foods to your baby. New research suggests that you shouldn't exclude allergenic foods entirely since babies might actually benefit from introducing them earlier.

Your Baby’s Communication at Ninth Month of Life

By this time, your baby should understand the meaning of the word 'no'. Use it every time she tries to do something forbidden, and she'll slowly start to realize what she should and what she shouldn't do. Nine-months-old babies understand more than you might think. Ask your baby some simple questions, such as 'Where's the ball?', and you'll see your baby pointing to it or she'll try to grab it. And not only that she understands what you're saying, but you might recognize a few real words in her babbling, too. You'll also notice how she expresses her feelings with emotions.

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