9 months

01. See your doctor if you see these symptoms

 

Some babies can have allergic reactions to vaccines. This is uncommon. Fever, runny nose, irritability etc are much more common.

 

02. Physical capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Now your baby’s bowel and bladder habits become more regular. This makes your life much easier because you can predict a simple pattern to change his diapers.

 

His fine motor skills develop remarkably fast. He feeds himself by picking up food with his hand. He picks up small food particles with a mature pincer grasp. Pincer grasp is how we pick up a pinch of salt. Your baby can throw toys around also.

 

He can sit without support for longer periods of time. He reaches for objects while sitting without losing his balance. He can crawl well and he pulls himself up to standing position holding on to furniture.

 

Your baby puts his hands forward when your point his face down. This is a protective movement called parachute reflex.

 

Your baby’s eye sight is much better now. He can reach for objects at the limits of his reach because his depth perception is better now.

 

03. Psychological capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Your baby babbles continuously. You can call him by his name and he responds. He follows simple commands. He also understands the meaning of no and stops doing things that you do not approve of.

Your baby now shows intense reluctance to be held by strangers. He may be afraid to be left alone in a room.
Your baby loves playing simple games like peek – a – boo. He waves “bye” to almost everybody he sees.

 

04. Specific ailments / medical conditions to look out for

 

It’s time to give your baby his MMR vaccine. It offers protection against Mumps, Measles and Rubella.

 

05. Average weight and height

 

Refer to the child weight chart provided by the ministry of health before deciding whether your child is having the weight/height to match it’s age.

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