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9 month old"Each child is unique. While certain attitudes, behaviors, and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal. These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and other milestones later than the general trend. Keep this in mind as you review these milestones."

"If you have any concerns related to your child's own pattern of development, check with your pediatrician or family physician." Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D., M.P.H.

development 8-9 months

8 - 9 MONTHS

   -   Can get herself into a sitting position. Leans forward while sitting to pick up a toy.
   -   Sits steadily without assistance.
   -   May pull herself to a standing position. Shifts weight from one leg to the other. Balances on tip toes with feet turned in. May not know how to get down from standing position.
   -   Begins to climb on everything! Can get up, but not down.
   -   Babbles happily
   -   Crawls while holding something in one hand.
   -   Recognizes own name and simple words like “no”.
   -   Is developing “pincer” grip (reaching for small items with thumb and index finger).
   -   Points at distant objects.
   -   May show a preference for right of left hand. (Although this may change many times over the next 3-5 years).
   -   Enjoys pulling things apart.
   -   Can fit smaller items into larger ones like stacking cups or rings on a spindle.
   -   Deliberately imitates sounds made by parents.
   -   Enjoys predictable games like itsy bitsy spider or this little piggy.
   -   May find a hidden object that is completely covered up. (object permanence)
   -   May bounce while sitting or standing to music (dances).
   -   Curiosity makes her touch, mouth everything!
   -   May express anger, frustration or disappointment when limits are set.
   -   Loves games where you chase her.
   -   May take 2 naps during the day and sleep about 10-11 hours at night.
   -   May be teething.

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