Your baby's dexterity is improving every day. Soon, she'll have mastered the pincer grasp—the art of picking up small objects with her thumb and forefinger. Before, she gripped food with her whole hand and smashed it into her mouth. Now, she... Read more
Pre-baby, your house was neat, orderly and tastefully decorated. Post-baby...well, there’s a high chair in the corner, an activity center in the living room and the bright, primary colors of plastic toys seem to have taken over your... Read more
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Your baby's dexterity is improving every day. Soon, she'll have mastered the pincer grasp—the art of picking up small objects with her thumb and forefinger. Before, she gripped food with her whole hand and smashed it into her mouth. Now, she can almost pick up individual peas.
The pincer grasp is just one of the things you'll be asked about at your baby's nine-month check-up. The doctor will ask you all kinds of questions to assess your baby's development. He'll want to know if she's sitting, if she babbles and if she can pass objects from one hand to the other. By now, most babies can see as well as an adult, so if you have any concerns about your child's vision, ask your doctor. You might want to make a list of questions, because between the diaper bag and the squirming baby, it's easy to get overwhelmed at the doctor's office!
Your baby is probably getting pretty good at waving bye-bye, but don't expect her wave bye-bye to the doctor and nurse. Remember stranger danger? As far as your baby is concerned, that doctor and nurse are very, very strange indeed!
Immunizations are not usually scheduled for the nine-month visit, although your child might receive a shot if she's behind according to the immunization schedule. The doctor may also order a blood test to check for anemia, or a low level of red blood cells. Don't worry; it's not as bad as it sounds. Someone from the lab will prick your baby's finger, then squeeze a few drops of blood into a test tube. Once the bandage is on, your baby will be good as new.
Pre-baby, your house was neat, orderly and tastefully decorated. Post-baby...well, there’s a high chair in the corner, an activity center in the living room and the bright, primary colors of plastic toys seem to have taken over your decorating scheme. And while the changes might not appeal to your sense of aesthetics, you embrace them as a necessary adaptation.
Get ready to adapt some more. Now that your baby is on the move, it's time for Advanced Childproofing.
Advanced Childproofing Step #1: Continue to remove or restrict hazardous materials. Things to think about: knives, scissors and medication. Odds are, you already have that stuff stored up high. But your baby is going to start climbing soon. Stowing the knives in a butcher block on the countertop is not enough; move them up higher! Same thing with medication. While most pill bottles are childproof, most pill organizers are not. Be sure all medications are safely stowed away—and ask your parents and in-laws to do the same.
Advanced Childproofing Step #2: Teach your baby. It's your job to keep your baby out of danger, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start teaching him how to stay safe. When he reaches for something hot (such as the stove or fireplace), say, "Hot!" in a loud and firm voice, while removing him from the area. Pretty soon, he’ll realize that "hot" is code for "stay away!"
I do agree that teeth, a cold, crawling, pulling up on things, etc. is probably wearing these little guys out and making them really hungry. ..and maybe it is a growth spurt too —ktjohnson15 Read More