physical development

the ninth month

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large motor: climbing

- normally babies learn to pull up to stand at this age.

- they also learn to climb.

- it involves coordination of legs, shifting weight and using the arms to pull the body up.

- stairs are irresistible to a young climber. the baby can go up but down takes skills that the baby will not develop for a few more months.

- parents have to be very attentive of children climbing stairs

- if you have a baby you need to place baby gates at the bottom and top of stairs to prevent unsupervised explorations and accidents.

bedroom and kitchen safety

- babies also like to try to figure out ways to climb on top of furniture.

- babies sometimes make early attempts to climb out of the crib by stepping onto their bumpers.

- at this time when your child starts to stand up and pull up make sure the crib is at the lowest setting possible.

- if your baby is trying to climb out make sure to take the bumper pads off so that the baby wont use it as a step to climbing out of the crib for now at least.

- babies do not successfully climb out of the crib until close to their second birthday and some never climb out.

- make sure your kitchen is baby proof by putting baby safe things so the baby can not get into the cabinets.

strong food preferences

- baby is now very clear on her food preferences.

- babies this age have a distinct taste for what they do and do not like.

- some times babies will eat a lot and other times babies will barely eat.

- talking to other parents of similar-age babies is a great way to hear other parent's stories and strategies.

independence at the dinner table

- baby's interest in doing more things independently is true for everything and even the feeding experience.

- it is not the food that upsets a baby but the baby frustration in wanting to feed themselves.

- some parents just give the baby their own spoon to hold while you continue to feed the baby.

- some babies become quite good at using their fingers to feed themselves and parents are afraid of telling the baby do finger foods because the baby might choke.

- you should try very small, soft pieced of food that will practically dissolve in the baby's mouth.

- most parents will feed their babies tiny pieces of fruit or soft steamed vegetables.

- texture is another factor in a baby accepting food.

- as the babies body changes nutrient demands change she will become more receptive to solids


- babies always know where there parents are because they keep an eye on your location.

- babies think that we are their safe home base from which to start exploring.

- babies will explore but will always want to know where they can find you if she needs a hug or wants to show you a toy.

- babies always rely on you for comfort and to refuel before launching out again to explore.

- babies will only be interested in exploring her world with the trust of having her primary caregiver close by.

more development help

-keep in mind that all babies are unique.

- whether your baby reaches milestones early or late she has her own developmental path to follow.

- make sure that if you have any concerns or questions about your baby's development please check with the babies healthcare provider.

now... Let's take a closer look at each week

week 35: counting events in a sequence

-babies can actually count.

- they might not be able to say the numbers or count out their favorite stuffed pals one by one those are toddler skills to look forward to.

- this age babies now know when a set of two or three events have occurred and they will look forward to a specific number of the next event will take place.

week 36: deferred imitation

- normally babies like games that involve mimicking.

- now your baby mimics other facial expressions to.

- if the baby is copying what you demonstrated yesterday researchers call this deferred imitation.

week 37: understanding disaapearance

- it does not matter how many times a baby will play peek-a-boo or another game but by making the baby giggle.

- you should be enforcing a key concept the baby learned many weeks ago: objects and moms, will continue to exist even when they're out of sight.

- an example of the babies development at this age would be: when you completely cover a set of keys with a hand towel, your child will lift the towel, revealing the hidden keys. but before now your child couldn't have cared less.

week 38: supporting baby's attempts

- climbing up and down stairs at this age is quite a hurdle for the babies little body.

- parents should be doing different sort of helping tasks for you're providing just the right amount of support so that your child will eventually master the skill for herself.

- when parents provide support that assists their children in accomplishing certain tasks that they will later come to accomplish independently this is referred to as a zone of proximal development.

- proximal meaning nearby. It is also the gap between what children can accomplish when interacting with other who are more competent. it also indicates that the assistance provided goes just slightly beyond the child's current competence, complementing and building on the child's existing abilities.

proximal development is not just physical support that parents offer but also assistance when their children are learning language.

week 39: categorizing

- babies are able to make correct inferences about novel objects, sounds, animals and people that they have never experienced because they can fit them into categories of events that they've previously experienced.

major milestones

- uses index finger to poke

- puts objects in containers

- leans forward to pick up toy

- notices small objects

- may start associating sounds with objects

Toys babies use/ cant use during the 9th month

  1. Light up stacker
  2. Easy Stack n Sound Blocks
  3. Roller Blocks tumblin Zebra
  4. toys with dials and buttons
  5. cant use: toys with small pieces and parts

  • babies love role playing toys it allows them to discover how things work in the world. it also encourages imaginative play.
  • language development toys can encourage the babies growing vocabulary by introducing toys and games that will help in the development of speech and language skills.
  • physical co-ordination toys now that your baby is on the move so introducing toys that encourage him to use their body. such as: pull up toys, push up, stacking toys, dump trucks.
  • interactive toys which help the baby respond to your baby's actions will be popular.

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