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Growth and Development
Below is a list of developmental milestones that children typically reach at the end of 9 months of age. Review them with your child’s healthcare professional and talk about what to expect next.
Movement & Physical Development
Stands, holding on
Can geet into sitting position
Sits without support
Pulls to stand
Social & Emotional
• Smiles spontaneously, particularly at people • Likes to play with people • Copies some movements and facial expressions – smiling and frowning
May be afraid of strangers
May be clingy with other family adults
Has favourite toys
COGNITIVE (LEARNING, THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING)
Watches the path of something as it falls
Looks for things your child sees you hide
Puts things in their mouth
Movees thing smoothly from one hand to the other
Picks up things like cereal between thumb and index finger
LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION
Makes a lot of different sounds like "mamamamama" and "bababababa"
Copies sounds and gestures of others
Uses fingers to point at things
What You Can Do With Your 9-Month-Old
You can help your baby learn and grow. Talk, read, sing, and play together every day. Here are some activities to enjoy with your 9-month-old baby today.
Ask For Help if Your Child...
Doesn’t bear weight on legs with support
Doesn’t sit with help
Doesn’t babble (“mama”, “baba”, “dada”) o Doesn’t play any games involving back-and-forth play
Doesn’t respond to own name
Doesn’t seem to recognize familiar people
Doesn’t look where you point
Doesn’t transfer toys from one hand to the other
Tell your healthcare provider if you notice any of these signs of possible developmental delay for this age. You can also talk with someone in your community who is familiar with services for young children in your area. Try the FCWN Navigator by emailing
or calling 403-995-2706.