9 Months

Healthy Habits

Nutrition

  • Your baby may be making great strides towards table foods but likely eats a combination of purees, soft foods and finger foods.
  • Work towards a feeding routine of 3 meals and 2 snacks – try to incorporate as much protein and calcium in your baby’s diet to keep up with their rapid growth. Foods like pureed meats and broken down dairy products like yogurt and cheese are helpful.  They will still likely have a first AM and PM feeding and have formula/breast milk as part of their “snack”.
  • Babies need to navigate different textures to in order to get used to them.  Touching, licking and spitting out foods are part of that process and not always a sign that they do not like the food.  Be safe and supervise but allow them to experiment with safe textures and avoid choke foods like hot dogs, whole nuts and hard candy.
  • Volume of liquids (breast milk or formula) will decrease as solids increase – the average volume of breast milk/formula may be closer to 30oz/day as solid intake increases
  • Start sippy cup if not already begun
  • a sample menu with amounts is provided in the following link:  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Sample-One-Day-Menu-for-an-8-to-12-Month-Old.aspx

Infant Care

  • Model talking, sing read play simple games (pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo)
  • Give opportunities for exploration (playpen or floor time)
  • Form playgroups to stimulate socialization
  • Use distraction as discipline
  • Consistency is the key to bedtime success – at this age, a baby should be able to self soothe and fall asleep in their own space.  At times, they will cry out for reassurance.  They will generally settle on their own but if they need some comfort, leaving them in their space and using non-verbal cues like patting them on their back should do the trick.   Allowing them to come into your bed or inconsistency in your response to their crying will lead to waking issues overnight. The following link is a great summary for ensuring sleep success :  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/Getting-Your-Baby-to-Sleep.aspx

Milestones

  • Sit, stand, crawl, cruise, finger feed
  • Responds to name, “no”, “where is mama/dada”, “bye-bye”
  • Babbles
  • Uses “mama/dada” nonspecifically
  • Stranger anxiety

Immunizations

Catch up on any immunizations that have not been given at previous visits