9-Month-Old Baby

Look at all baby has achieved! She’s probably sitting without support, pulling up to standing, crawling and clapping her hands, and maybe even cruising. She also loves picking up food to feed herself using her index finger and thumb in the "pincer" grasp. Using these abilities, life has really become an adventure for your baby -- and you, as you've been following her as she explores, pointing her way to new things she wants examine and touch. You’re probably watching one resourceful baby, as she uses furniture and other objects to support herself while moving around rooms. As usual, keep your eyes on her at all times, because she's surprisingly fast and can easily take a tumble, since she’s still mastering her balance skills.

your baby is 9 months old!
  • She still sleeps about 15 hours per day, including 2 naps.
  • She should have about 24 to 32 ounces of breast milk or formula a day. She’s also eating solids 3 to 5 times each day, many times feeding herself.
  • She’s growing nearly half an inch each month and gaining 3 to 5 ounces each week!
  • She looks for a toy that she can’t see -- she's learned about object permanence.
  • Create a baby obstacle course with cushions baby can climb, scoot and cruise over and around, to help her experiment with her movement skills.

  • Medical information was reviewed by Preeti Parikh, MD, pediatrician at Pediatrics of New York, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medical Director of Programming at HealthiNation.com.

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