9 months old 

Do you have a chatty baby, or is he on the shyer side? Even if your little one says a lot, there’s a good chance you can’t understand most of it, still. The sounds he makes sound like they should be words most of the time though, and here and there, common words that come up in his life a lot may pop out of his mouth – maybe even in a way that might make you wonder if he knows what they mean, although he probably really only understands the most basic words in his life at this point.

Whether Baby is saying words you can understand or not, though, he can understand a lot more than he can say, so it may be time to start to be a little more careful about what you say in front of him. After all, you never know what he is going to repeat, or in front of whom!

Baby is a lot closer to talking the talk like a big kid, and he may be closer to walking the walk, too! Between 9 months and a year old, many babies start pulling themselves up into a standing position from the floor, when there’s something near them that they can hold onto for support, like the couch, a table, or your leg.

Pulling up is a huge next step in the march towards knowing how to walk, but it brings its own series of chances for danger, and the need for another round of baby-proofing. Anything at Baby’s eye- or hand-level that won’t support his weight if he tries to use it to pull up may need to find a new home, at least until Baby is a little steadier on his feet!

In the meantime before walking though, Baby still has to figure out some way to get around! If he hasn’t gotten used to crawling or scooting yet, this might happen sometime soon.

Baby is also probably continuing with his adventure into solid foods. It’s very common for babies to resist solids, even if they used to be big fans of the mush. If Baby has been, or starts, putting up a fight about food, try switching up the flavors or textures. After 7 months or so, most babies are able to move on to less mushy foods, so you can consider working in some foods that more closely resemble the foods that you eat.

Milestones

  • Goes from tummy to sitting on his own: Slow down there, Baby! By 9 months or so, many babies are able to turn from their stomachs to a sitting position. All. By. Themselves. And to think that just a few short months ago, Baby was lying there with those big eyes, doing not much more than pooping and crying.
  • Begins to identify self in mirror: For the first few months, Baby couldn’t tell themselves from the Queen of England, but nowadays he might be able to identify his reflection in the mirror.
  • Understands object permanence: Object permanence is the understanding that people and objects do in fact still exist even if you can’t see them. As a younger, less sophisticated infant, Baby didn’t realize that you were still an inhabitant of Earth when you left the room. Now though, he probably gets the picture, which explains why separation anxiety is common around this time.

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