The twelve-month mark is right around the corner as your baby approaches nine-months-old. Your baby will soon be considered a toddler that roams around the house and babbles all day.
In this article, we look at some pretty exciting milestones for your nine-month-old. Your baby’s development may be slightly different from others. Advice from your preferred qualified health care professional is recommended if you have any concerns about this.
Here are some new behaviours you can expect to see around nine months:
- Crawling – around this time most babies are crawling or cruising. It is common for your baby to still need support while getting around. Lend a helping hand and watch with excitement as they make their first moves.
- Walking – while rarer at this age, your baby may have taken his or her first steps. These may be wobbly steps but the start of a whole new world for them.
- Waving – if your baby witnesses you or others waving hello and goodbye, it is likely they may begin to mimic this behaviour as well. Practice leaving and entering your home with waves, so they are used to the gesture.
- Clapping – another adorable motion your baby may start making. The best way to encourage this is to celebrate small wins with them through claps and cheering.
- Sitting Up Without Support – it is typical that your baby has been sitting up for a bit now but by this age, they may be able to fully support themselves without your assistance.
- Pincher Grasp – around this age baby’s gain the ability to grasp items with their thumb and pointer finger. Also known as the pincher grasp. This is incredibly useful for them as they can now pick up small objects.
There is so much going on for your nine to the twelve-month child. Some of these are the most exciting times for a baby’s development. It is a great time to enjoy.
Written by Chelsea D.
Chelsea is a mum of one and pregnant with another. She writes about pregnancy, parenting, and body positivity.
All articles are provided as general information and are not intended, nor may it be construed, as medical advice or instruction. Information and opinions expressed are believed to be correct and accurate to the best knowledge and judgement of the authors. Readers should consult their appropriately qualified health care professional prior to taking any action or inaction.