Your Baby at 9 Months

Thinking Skills

  • Recognizes/responds to his name, names of familiar objects.
  • Deliberately imitates sounds made by a parent.
  • Understands simple one-word instructions, such as "no!"
  • Enjoys games with cue words that trigger a predictable response, such as "kitchey, kitchey, coo" that leads to tickling and laughter.
  • May find object hidden under cup if he sees you hide it. Further understands the concept of object permanence.

Emotional Development

  • Enjoys dancing to music.
  • Expects a predictable response when she expresses emotion. Example: When she smiles, she expects a parent to smile back.
  • Is driven by curiosity.
  • Nothing in her surroundings is sacred or off-limits to her inquisitive mind and busy hands!
  • Has difficulty coping with "don't" or “no." May express disappointment with a new limit by a hurt expression or anger. Note: This is not done to manipulate you, and you cannot control her reaction to the reasonable limits you set.
  • Slows down in new major accomplishments as she concentrates on perfecting her newly acquired skills.
  • Loves simple games with family members, like Chase the Baby. Will initiate peekaboo by placing a cloth over her face.
  • Deliberately chooses a toy to play with and may fight to keep the toy from other people.
  • Begins to understand that she is a separate person from her image in the mirror.
  • May take two naps, sleep about ten and a half hours at night.

To learn more about your baby's growth and development, read the following:

- Your Baby at 8 Months
- Your Baby at 10 Months

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