It would seem, for the 9 months you have been able to get used to the fact that your life revolves around the little miracle, were able to learn to understand him, but you still concerned about the daily that your child is getting the best care, enough love and attention.
Child development in 9 months has a number of features about which should be aware the parents.
Physical characteristics and motor skills in 9-month-old:
- Gains weight at a slower rate, about 15 grams (half an ounce) per day, 1 pound per month;
- Bowel and bladder become more regular;
- Increases in length by 1.5 centimeters (a little over one-half inch) per month;
- Can grasp objects between the tip of the thumb and index finger;
- Is able to crawl;
- Bangs objects together;
- Feeds self with fingers;
- Puts hands forward when the head is pointed to the ground (parachute reflex) to protect self from falling;
- Pulls self to standing position;
- Throws or shakes object;
- Sits for long periods;
- Reaches for objects while sitting.
Sensory and cognitive skills The 9-month-old:
- Responds to name;
- Responds to simple commands;
- Imitates speech sounds;
- Has separation anxiety and may cling to parents;
- Is developing depth perception;
- May be afraid of being left alone;
- Understands the meaning of “no”;
- Understands that objects continue to exist, even when they are not seen (object constancy);
- Plays interactive games, such as peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake.
The development of the child in the 9 months with the help games and simple exercises:
- Build vocabulary by reading and naming people and objects in the environment;
- Sing songs together;
- Provide picture books;
- Provide different stimuli by going to the mall to see people, or to the zoo to see animals;
- Provide large toys that can be pushed to encourage walking;
- Teach hot and cold through play;
- Avoid television time until age 2.
All children develop differently. If you are concerned about your child’s development, talk to your child’s health care provider.