Milestones at 9 Months

Your baby is about to become a little chatterbox, and to get more and more mobile. As your little one starts to eat independently, you can introduce foods that are easy to pick up and mash with the gums.

It’s typical for 9-month-old babies to:

  • Begin to say first words—small ones like “bye-bye,” “Mama” or “Dada”
  • Pull up to stand with confidence and use furniture as support while taking some steps (though this can take a few more months for some)
  • Start grasping small pieces of food (try giving him things that he doesn’t have to chew, such as the cereal puffs made especially for babies)
  • Looks at the pages of a book while you read

Just remember:  All babies are different and develop at their own pace. Developmental milestones occur over a range of time because of this.

If your infant hasn’t yet reached some of these milestones, it doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong.

Talk with your baby’s healthcare provider about any developmental concerns, including if your baby ...

  • Has no reaction when you leave the room—or does not look for you
  • Cannot roll from back to belly
  • Has not lost newborn reflexes (such as involuntary startling—the so-called Moro reflex—for no apparent reason or in response to a sound)

See also ... 

•  What your 9-month-old is learning and experiencing

•  Looking ahead: Development at 10 months

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