Your Baby at 9 Months

Here are growth and development patterns of a child at nine months. Each step listed represents an average of a time span of 6 to sometimes 12 weeks that is considered within the normal range for that behavior. Don't be concerned if your child is not doing something listed here. Each baby develops at his own pace.

Body Movement

  • Sits steadily without support for 10 to 15 minutes. Pushes up to a sitting position when lying down.
  • Leans forward when sitting to pick up a toy without losing balance.
  • Crawls while holding something in one hand.
  • May pull up to stand; holds on to support with both hands.
  • Shifts weight from one leg to the other. Balances on tiptoe with feet turned in.
  • May not know how to get down from a standing position. (Help him to bend from waist and to bend knees to squat.)
  • Begins climbing on anything. Can get up, but often cannot get himself down!

Eye-Hand Coordination

  • Grasps with thumb against the side of her index finger in developing pincer grasp to pick up small items.
  • Pokes with finger at small things. Points at distant objects.
  • May show a preference for using right or left hand now, but this can change over the next three to five years.
  • Can bang two objects together symmetrically or can hold an object in one hand while banging with the other.
  • Enjoys pulling things apart.
  • Fits small object through the hole of a larger one, like placing rings on a spindle.
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