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Your curious 9-month-old

Time to stretch those growing muscles.


Make the most of their milestones:

Who is this mobile baby and what did he do with your newborn? This month will be marked with new movements, from reaching and following favorite toys to expertly crawling and going after what he wants. So we put together a play-focused guide designed to encourage his natural new strides.

Your baby has clear favorites now, from toys to people, and he's not afraid to make his opinions known. As he starts to get more and more mobile (you can't take your eye off him now!), it's up to you to find new ways to engage his interests. An easy-to-grip ball is great for encouraging tossing and rolling, and he'll love chasing it across the floor.

Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your baby's ninth month.

Thinking

He can follow an object as it moves.

  • Try This: Look out the window and talk about the cars or people going by.

Engaging

He has favorite toys and people.

  • Try This: Invent new ways to play with toys, like stacking or rolling them.

Communicating

Your baby can point at things he wants or notices.

  • Try This: Encourage him to name objects and be excited about what he shows you.

Moving

He has likely mastered crawling, especially if something across the room entices him.

  • Try This: Roll favorite toys across the floor to encourage him to go after them.



Your postpartum life:

By now, you're really starting to get the hang of things. So if your intuition is speaking, listen to it! Don't ever be afraid to ask more questions and advocate for yourself and your baby if something is bothering you. Motherhood is a constant learning experience, and there's so much to discover. But at the end of the day, you are your baby's expert.

We're all still learning how to be moms (it never ends!), but remember, you are the best mom for your baby—and you're doing amazing!



Discover all the activities and milestones for the first year with your curious baby here.

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Disclaimer: The milestones presented are averages. Any questions you may have about your child's development should be shared with his or her doctor.

Sources: CDC, healthychildren.org and WebMD

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