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Your 9 month old – baby development guide

Baby Development Guide - nine months oldNo need for a gym membership these days, your little one will be giving you quite the workout. Life will move at a quicker pace now that your baby is beginning the transition to toddler.

How is baby going?

By the end of the tenth month many babies will be cruising the furniture and a few could even be walking alone – although many won’t walk by themselves till well after their first birthday.

Your baby is developing a real personality lately and will be interacting with you more and more. He will enjoy reading books and recognizing familiar words, he can dance, play ball and will try to mimic conversations. You might even get a regular cuddle or sloppy kiss!

At this age your baby’s memory is improving and she is beginning to understand her special relationship with you and other close family members and friends. With this new realisation comes new anxieties – you may have a clingy baby on your hands (or wrapped around your legs!)


You might find it more difficult to put your baby to bed now that he is on the move. Once your little one works out how to pull to standing he’ll want to practice at every opportunity – even at bedtime. The novelty will eventually wear off but in the meantime you’ll have to encourage him to lie down and be persistent with your bedtime routine. Try not to revert to habits you already gave up (rocking or feeding to sleep).

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How are you going?

2 things to do when your baby is 9 months old

Please note: All babies are different, these are generic guides and aren’t a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your health care provider.

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