The 9-month-old baby

O bebê de 9 meses

Your baby is much more active and interested in challenging the possibilities. Some are already rehearsing their first steps, others start to stand on the furniture, but as each baby is unique, yours is doing very well and you need to respect the limits.

As walking is still not his specialty, there is a clear preference for crawling, which he noticed getting to the point faster. With the sharpest vision and memory, he knows exactly what he wants and where to go.

Now, the sounds and movements learned are recorded and he will repeat on many occasions. In fact, your baby loves to attract attention and know that everyone is looking at him.

He learned to clap. This is the time that mothers, fathers and grandparents take the opportunity to teach “congratulations to you”, after all, the 1 year party is approaching. He still doesn’t speak, but he has fun watching the adults, especially Mom singing, which is an incredible stimulus.

You may be able to hear a “ma-ma” or “pa-pa” among the babbling and attempts at words without connection. Repeat and encourage them to speak more often. Of course, you will do this with pleasure.


Stimuli and Games


To encourage your baby to walk, let him hold your hands and train a few steps around the house. Another resource is toys to support, usually manufactured to ensure the safety of the baby. Check the quality of the toy to prevent accidents.

Do not use a walker. Totally advised against by pediatricians, it hinders development and increases the risk of accidents.

He will love playing ball. Play for him and ask to play back. While doing this, talk and emphasize the properties of the ball, such as colors. As babies get tired and distracted quickly, at a certain moment hide the ball and start a new game, asking “where is the ball?”. You will have a few more minutes of interaction.

Sound toys, with buttons to tighten and create the action and reaction and fitting effect, stimulate motor coordination, attention, vision, hearing and even language.

To encourage language, his favorite stimuli are his conversation and reading time. Read to your baby intoning the voices and reproducing the sounds of things that come up. Let him repeat the sounds.



New foods must be introduced, such as fish, for example. This part can be a little more complicated, after all there are different flavors and the baby may be surprised.

The most important step is not to give up. Try adding the foods he didn’t want at first in smaller portions. Do not insist too hard and do not lose patience.

To help, it is worth releasing the mess by placing the food for him to take with his hands and feel the texture. To do this, separate the food. As it is customary to take everything to the mouth, this may be the chance. In the meantime, offer the cutlery, the plastic ones, safer, the baby will try to take the food from them, just like he saw you do.

Even with solid foods entering the menu, milk remains the main food and is recommended until 2 years old.

Talk to your pediatrician if you notice any changes such as weight loss or allergic reactions.


Learning not to listen

As he understands the words and what they mean better, he will recognize when someone says “no”, followed by the gesture with his hands and head, and he is likely to repeat the gesture.

But do not restrict all the baby’s actions, after all he is in constant discovery. Adapt the house for him, with door seals, protective screens, locks, stair gates and rooms that present a risk.



According to the vaccine schedule, at 9 months, the baby should be vaccinated against yellow fever.

It is one of those vaccines that leave your baby upset for about two days, with local pain, fever and headache. Make cold compresses and administer an antipyretic medication prescribed by the pediatrician.


Karla Mendonça

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