Development and Health Care for a 9 Month Old Baby

Up until now, the 9 month old baby has been getting its nutrition from breast milk or milk powder. From now onwards, it should get its nutrition from weaning food. Weaning food should be eaten three times daily and let the baby suckle immediately after that. This can increase the food intake of the 9 month old baby.

Height73.5cm (Boy) 72.2 (Girl)
Body weight9.42kg (Boy) 8.85kg (Girl)
DevelopmentKnows how to hold onto objects for support and stand up.
Knows how to use its fingers.
Amount of milk consumedMilk powder 210-240c.c. X 3 times, alternating with breast milk once every 4 hours. Feed weaning food 3 times.

The Baby's Characteristics at this Age

1. Can walk with its hands supported

9 month old baby

This is the time where the 9 month old baby can never quiet down. It's perpetually moving about when it's awake. It always wants to crawl or hold onto something to stand up and is always active. It's more skillful in holding onto things to stand up and will gradually learn to take forward strides.

Hold its hands at this time and it'll know how to lift its leg in a walking motion. For a baby full of crawling experience, its legs and back are very strong and is also very steady in its stride. However, if it straightaway stands up without crawling, it's still not strong enough and will stagger a little.

2. Weight remains stable while height increases

At this age, the baby is growing up to be a toddler. Its weight remains stable and its height is the only aspect which increases. So the once chubby baby has now lost a little weight. Its activity level increases and will repeatedly crawl and stand up throughout the day. Its muscles become stronger and its body form starts to show. The baby is now no longer as roly-poly as it used to be. This is the natural progress of growing up and not a case of not eating enough. It's not necessary to over feed the child.

3. Knows how to move its teeth

The baby used to just swallow its food wholesale or used its gums or roof of its mouth to mesh the food. But now, it knows how to bite through the food with its teeth. Its gums are firmer and its teeth have already grown. The child now feels the pleasure of eating. It can also swiftly snap a piece of apple or cucumber with its teeth, but sometimes choking happens. So it's good to pay attention while it's eating. However, the child still doesn't know how to chew – it can only wriggle its teeth.

Important Dietary Tips

1. Late weaning stage

Gradually introduce food which is eaten during late-stage weaning. More ingredients should be used to let the child taste various flavors. Don't feed it porridge anymore. Instead, give it soft rice which it can mesh with its gums or by wriggling its teeth. However, the child still cannot eat the same type of rice which adults eat. Feeding it with porridge that contains grains or soft rice will help it learn how to chew. The child can then eat solid food better later on and increase its food intake.

2. Eat weaning food three times daily

During the last stage of weaning, the child should be fed with weaning food three times daily. Most of the nutrition it gets now is from weaning food and not milk. So, take special note of the nutritional value of weaning food. The baby should eat weaning food three times a day and its feeding times can be coordinated with that of the adult’s. This way, it'll not only be happy and more orderly when eating, it can also develop the right eating habits. In between every meal, the child can also be fed with tidbits which are not too thick or filling.

Self-awareness and Emotional Development

1. Massage will make the child smarter

At this age, give the child more skin massage. This is beneficial for its emotional stability and will stimulate its brain development. Especially when the skin and brain cell’s ectoblast (layer of cells that covers the surface of an embryo after embryonic development has occurred) are developed at the same time when the fertilized egg is divided while being implanted. Therefore, the more skin stimulation the better.

2. Like to mimic and memory starts to develop

The child's ability to mimic and remember things increase tremendously and will know the meanings of words which its parents use repeatedly in daily life. It'll cry upon seeing a white tube after an injection. It'll display a desire to eat when food is served up on a plate. At this age, the child will also know how to mimic and repeat simple actions such as hide-and-seek, wooden man, nursery rhyme and a goodbye hand waving gesture. When playing hide-and-seek with the adults, it'll also know how to conceal itself behind the doors and curtains and then suddenly jump out with a flourish.

Caring Tips for a 9 Month Old Baby

1. Guide the child according to its temperament

Its character will mature as the child grows older and can be nurtured. However, the child is born with its temperament and that can never change. The child's temperament is revealing to a certain extent by about this time. Just like how the different stages of development and growth vary from child to another, their characters will also turn out differently. A child with a nervous temperament can be differentiated from one who is gentler. If the child is cautious by nature, guide it carefully. For a child who is obstinate, don't force it to do to your bidding. Guide the child gently but firmly to cultivate a good, generous and kind character.

2. Begin home education

Home education doesn't mean giving the child special education. It simply means to cultivate the right habits and get rid of those bad ones. As the child now understands what the meaning of “no”, explain why it shouldn't do certain dangerous or inappropriate things so that it'll be very clear to the child what's right or wrong. Perhaps the child may not understand its mother's words in the beginning. However, if the mother persists in her guidance, it'll eventually learn to immediately adjust its behavior.

3. Speak with the correct pronunciation

A child at this age will pay attention to its mother's mouth when she's speaking. If the mother speaks in a cute way, it'll follow suit. It'll then be difficult for the child to learn how to speak properly. As the child's tongue is not yet fully developed, it cannot pronounce words in the same way as adults do. To cultivate correct pronunciation in the child, teach it to express itself so.

4. Don't give the child too many toys

By this age, the child would have amassed many toys. However, if it's given too many types of toys at one go, it'll become easily distracted which will lead to changeable behavior in the child. It'll also have difficulty focusing on a certain object and will even lose interest in new things around it. As much as possible, give the child simple toys which are helpful in keeping its fingers active, cultivate its memory and observation capabilities. Let it play with balls that can be bounced or thrown about, or toys that need the child to grab-and-drop.

Q&A: Dispelling Worries and Anxieties

Q: My baby starts biting the nipple of its milk bottle after having grown four teeth. Can it drink milk like this?

A: If the child often bites the nipple of its milk bottle, catch it in the act by gently smacking its buttock to let it know that it's not the right thing to do. A child who understands the meaning of buttocks-smacking will reduce the frequency of milk bottle nipple-biting.

Q: My baby doesn't do whatever it's been taught. Why does this happen?

A: It's impossible for the mother to force her child to follow whatever action she's doing. A child at this age will only respond to things it finds interesting and will not do whatever it thinks isn't interesting. While it's playing, do different types of actions and the child will naturally mimic. If the mother expresses positive emotions such as joy and happiness when the child is mimicking her actions, it'll be encouraged to perform even better.

When the Child bumps its Head

At this age, the child loves climbing about and will bump itself in many places including its head. As its head is heavier than other parts of the body, its head will land first if the child tumbles off the bed. The head is also a part that needs more care and attention than other body parts. Many people believe that the child will become stupid if it hurts its head. Don't worry as this has nothing to do with IQ. Below are several first-aid tips should the child hurts its head:

  • The head is bleeding: if the scalp is a little scraped or has a minor injury, it's all right to disinfect and stop the bleeding at home. Don't put adhesive plaster on the wound – air it as much as possible.
  • Swellings: wrap some ice cubes in a towel and apply the ice compress.
  • Nosebleed: let the child sit on your lap with its head slightly lowered and tipped forward. Gently pinch both sides of its nostrils to stop the bleeding a little.
  • Unconscious: if the child is unconscious, pale and its eyes look cloudy and confused; send it to the hospital immediately.

Those are the particulars needed to know about a 9 month old baby.

Stephanie
 

Editor in Babiology, mother of two, highly passionate about sharing the pregnancy care and post delivery care learning with the readers.

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