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Ninth Month | Monthly Developments

Find out what skills and milestones to look for based on the month and week of your little one's life – or peek ahead at what's coming next.

Soon, you are going to celebrate your baby’s first birthday. Yes, your baby is 9 months old now and for 3 more months you have to wait for his or her birthday.

Height and weight of your baby

  • doneThe normal height for nine months old baby boy is 67.7 - 76.2 cm and baby girl is 65.6 – 74.7 cm.
  • doneThe normal weight for nine months old baby boy is 7.2 – 10.9 kg and baby girl is 6.6 – 10.4 kg.

Physical development

  • doneYour baby is becoming expert at quickly changing position.
  • doneAlso, your baby is likely an expert crawler by this month.
  • doneHe or she may even be able to start cruising around the room while holding onto furniture.

Cognitive development

  • doneBy this month, several tiny connections are forming that will help your baby in learning.
  • doneSome best ways to improve your baby’s learning power are reading, singing, and talking to him or her every day.
  • doneIf you are telling stories everyday to your baby by keeping book in front of him or her, chances are he or she may point to a picture of a cow, dog or princess, whenever you ask for.

Linguistic development

  • doneYour baby may be babbling away nonstop.
  • doneYou may hear words, from him or her such as “Mama,” or “Dada”.
  • doneYou may notice, that your baby is getting sad when you’re about to leave the home. 
  • doneAlso, your baby may bring you a favourite toy just to get your smile in response.
  • doneHe or she may suddenly start crying when the lights go out at night time.

Social-emotional development

  • doneAround this time, your baby is learning to work out how others are feeling.
  • doneHe or she may show the first stirrings of empathy.
  • doneIf your baby sees another baby crying, chances are he or she may start whimpering in response.

Vaccinations for your 9 months old baby

Your doctor may recommend the following vaccinations for your baby.

  • done3rd dose of Hepatitis B, if not recommended earlier.
  • done3rd dose of DPT-IPV (Diphtheria, whooping, cough, tetanus and polio), if not recommended earlier.

Baby care tips

  • doneAlways stand along with your baby and give him or her plenty of opportunities to stand and cruise.
  • doneHold the hands of your baby and walk together so that he or she can practice walking on two feet.
  • doneIf your baby is doing something he or she should not do, then use the word “no” or a similar means of communication by now.

Your baby’s diet

  • doneNow, you can give your baby cheese, semi liquid iron fortified cereals, and small pieces of fruits to eat.
  • doneTo mealtime you can add finger foods such as banana, oatmeal mixed with soy milk, toast, mashed or pureed meat.
  • doneYou can also cook delicious veggie soup for your baby.

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