Crying at 9 Months

Don’t be surprised if, around the 9 months, your baby cries more or seems more clingy than he or she has for several months. Crying fluctuates during the first year, peaking a few times, including from 6–8 weeks and again at 9 months.

Among the reasons for the 9-month peak are that your baby is:

  • on the verge of more developmental milestones (crawlingl or get to a desired toy, for example)
     
  • experiencing separation anxiety (shyness and crying around strangers, drop-off with a childcare provider, distress when you leave the room, etc.)
     
  • increasingly aware of surroundings, desires and frustrations

Don’t worry—it’s all temporary and will soon give way to another stage of growth. Keep that in mind while you dole out extra hugs, cuddles and comfort, which can help your baby get through this stage.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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