9 Month Milestones: Your Baby Or Twins!
9 Month Milestones: Your Baby Or Twins!
10 mo. & 4 days old.
It’s that time again. A little past that time in all honesty, so here we go in discussing the incredible monthly milestones of the fun and fabulous month # 9!
Your babies are growing stronger then ever, and have developed so much personality. Each baby is super unique and individual, and if you have twins the differences are astounding, and very hard to miss, between your two babies.
I have one baby who remains my sweet, cuddly, semi-calm, sweetheart, and one very energetic, non-stop, ‘can’t pin her down to save your life’, little vixen with a mad Russian temper, who’s only goal is to run, not walk. (Though she can’t do either quite yet, but has taken her first steps), and has no time for cuddling. The two could not be more different, in every way.
Before you know it ladies, your baby or babies will be sprinting around the house, so it’s time to baby proof those cabinets, drawers, electrical outlets, and hard corner edges on your coffee tables. One second your child is sitting, but in the next…ZOOM, they are off, so be prepared now, for the momentous occasion, which is closer for some then for others, but for everybody, sooner then you can imagine.
What your baby might be up to now, in month 9:
#1) Your baby pulls him or herself up to stand, with ease.
Your baby loves to pull up now, from a sitting to standing position, using the help of furniture, maybe even something as small as a shoe box, will prompt her to stand, as she gets more and more strong and able-bodied. The once tricky task, is now easy as pie.
At the end of this month, you may even see a stand up with only one hand, as your baby enjoys trying out new ‘tricks’, that make their feats harder, and more impressive. They show the pride in their little faces, through their smiles.
#2) Your little one now, should be cruising the furniture like a little pro.
The world seems boundless, and there is much to explore, so your baby or twins are likely always on the go now. Very hard for a picture taking mama, to keep them still at this point.
#3) Standing alone.
You may see at this time, your child start to balance his or her body after letting go of an object like a coffee table, or the sides of the crib, and test out their skills, which will likely start to develop during this month and the next, possibly even in month 8, for certain little ones. It may only be for a short few seconds, but it’s a wonderful milestone for mommy to document, and is the start of much more soon to come.
#4) Your baby or twins, now understand simple words and commands like ‘no’, ‘bye-bye’, ‘hello’, and will likely react to them.
They don’t always listen to the word no! An example, my Annie yesterday grabbed my hair and wouldn’t let go. She yanked harder when I said no, and even smiled while she did it. That was a bad baby . I can clearly see she understands the word NO, but she doesn’t always want to quit the bad behavior. You may notice this as well.
You can say ‘hi’ and ‘bye, bye’, and your baby may wave back at you and smile. They may show signs of sadness if you say the words bye, bye, and look like you are leaving the room. They are understanding more and more every day, like a little sponge, so be sure to talk to your babies. They understand more then you might think.
#5) Can drink from a sippy cup.
This is one thing I have not yet done. I bought cups but didn’t use them yet. Today I’m going to try this. Your child definitely has the capability now to hold the handles or grippers on the sides of a sippy cup, and fed herself from it. Now there are just simply lazy babies…I know, I have had a few, that just enjoy you holding their bottle or cup for them, but encourage your little one to start doing this on her own now, if not already.
If she has her hands around the cup or bottle, release yours when her grip seems firm, and let her know she can do it all on her own. Clap your hands, and praise her new ‘positive’ behavior. Do it often, and she will get the message and start holding her own beverage cup, leaving mommy’s hands free..YAY! Definitely NOW, is a good time to hit the local baby store, and buy some BPA-Free ONLYsippy cups with the soft rubber nozzles for beginners, at your local baby store.
#6) If you have not, you may hear ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ now, but usually just as a sound, and not a clear understanding of it, as a name.
I sware one of my twins knows what she is saying though, when she looks at me and goes ‘mama’, but mine have been verbal for some time now. Who knows for sure, but remember, you may not hear these words until a babies 1st birthday, so don’t be discouraged, just expect an ever increasing vocabulary as you go along now.
#7) Loves to participate in baby games, such as ‘Patty cake’, ‘So big’, ‘Peek-a-boo, and ‘This little piggy’.
My girls love to laugh along with these songs, and enjoy the hand gestures as well. They LOVE ‘So big’, and ‘Skinama-rinky-dinky-dink’, and if you don’t know what that one is, check out an old Barney VHS, which my older kids loved. They enjoy that one so much, plus, Itsy bitsy spider, is always a hit.
Try these out and more, with your baby or twins, and you should see a smiley, happy response from them. Playing with your child, even reading stories to them at this point, helps the bonding process between mother and child, and promotes brain growth in your little one(s), so it’s never too early to do things with your child or children.
#8) Your baby may become very aware of others’ emotions now.
This means if your baby sees another baby crying, maybe his or her own twin, or a baby close by, she may start to cry as well. This has started happening here in recent weeks. If you are smiley and happy, your baby will react to your emotions, with ones of their own. If you are stressed, upset, angry, and yelling, your baby will become stressed, and may cry, so keep your emotions happy, for a happy and healthy little bundle of love, in return.
#9) Plays well with toys now, and even has favorites.
No matter what you buy, or how much, your baby may have one or two special toys that he or she likes best, and may always crawl to those first. They can now play well, and even put objects into boxes, and pull them back out again, and repeat the behavior. Now is a great time to buy one of those plastic stackers, with the donut shapes that stack onto the plastic pole, for your baby. They have the very basic ones, which we got one for Christmas from a friend, or hey have one with lights and music, which I had already bought. This one is the bigger hit, but both are educational.
Fisher Price Little Super Star Classical Stacker
This will help develop hand eye coordination, and will entertain your child as well. They should at this age, be able to entertain themselves for some period of time, in a play pen or play yard, with a few of their toys around them. Just make sure the toys are free of small parts that can pose as choking hazards.
#10) Uses their finger and thumb grip, to pick up very small objects.
Watch out moms and dads! Babies of this age are very fast, and very sneaky. They can now easily pick up very small things such as a tiny piece of paper, a plastic wrapper, or a piece of lint, and where does everything go at this age? THEIR MOUTHS! So you have to check babies hands, and most importantly, make sure the room is clean, and rug free of these things, to prevent your baby from grabbing and possibly choking on such tiny, and easily hidden, items.
They can use this dexterity to their benefit though, by picking up small, and soft table foods, and putting them into their mouths. Some babies are more interested in feeding themselves then others, but there is definitely no time like the present to start trying. Just make sure the pieces are very small, very soft, and not anything baby can choke on.
A few things to try & remember for month 9:
#1) Continue using formula for your baby, until the age of 12 month old, (1 year). My doctor told us to start integrating milk into their bottles, one ounce at a time, nearly 3 months ago, which we did NOT do. I don’t understand what the rush is with some doctors, the solids and the milk, but the formula or breast milk has much more nutrition, which baby needs right now, so continue on with this regimen, for healthy children.
#2) Encourage sippy cups for feedings from now through the 1st year, and you may be able to completely wean your infant or twinfants, off the bottle completely by that time.
#3) Don’t rock your baby to sleep in the middle of the night, if/when they wake. That will encourage night wakings. Night-time has to continue to be dull and non-entertaining. You may notice your 9 month old starting to wake again, due to teething or just sudden sleep disturbances, in an otherwise terrific sleeper.
If your child is awake because he or she is standing and can’t get back down, simply place the baby back on her back and give a few shhh’s, to encourage the child to go back to bed. If it’s teething pain, just remember this to shall pass. Tylenol and baby orajel may be used sparingly, to ease this pain.
#4) Give the child something of comfort to take to bed with him or her. A special SMALL favorite blanket, or plush toy may actually help your child sleep better, and feel soothed. At 9 months old, these things are completely safe, and your child is not at risk of suffocation at this point, from such objects, as long as there is one, not 20 in the crib. A small hand-held lovie is your best bet and may just get your child back to sleep, and prevent you from night-time wakings. (This is my next venture, as we are going through this now.)
#5) Be sure and lower that crib mattress to it’s lowest level at this point, if you have not already. You do NOT want any accidents, so be sure and do that ASAP!
Check in next time, for more fun monthly milestones, as we continue to edge closer and closer, to your baby or babies’, momentous, first birthday!