Your Child's Checkup: 9 Monthsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-YCC-9Month-enHD.jpgFind out what this doctor's visit will involve and what your baby might be doing by 9 months old.Your Child's Checkup: 9 Months, infant, infants, baby, babies, checkup, checkups, check up, check ups, check-up, check-ups, well-child visit, well-child visits, well visit, well visit, doctor's visit, doctor's visits, doctors visits, going to the doctor, development, infant development, physical exam, physical examination, routine exam, routine visit, routine examination, examination, examinations, your baby's growth, milestone, milestones, what should my baby be doing, 8 months, 8 month, 8 months old, eight months, eight month, eight month, eight months old, 8-month-old, eight-month-old, 9 months old, 9 months, 9 month, 9-month-old, 9 month old, nine months, nine month, nine months old, nine-month-old, 10 months, 10 month, 10 months old, ten months, ten month, ten month, ten months old, 10-month-old, ten-month-old, crawling, mama, dada, sitting, sit, sit up, sitting up, pull to stand, cruise, cruising, walk along furniture, furniture walk, pick up, pincer, pincer grasp, pincher, cheerios, finger foods, table foods, feeding himself, feeding, feeding herself, self feeding, self-feeding, wave, waves, waving, bye-bye, peek-a-boo, choking, choke, choking hazards, separation anxiety, cliny, clinginess, gets upset when I leave, solid foods, breastfeeding, CD1Primary Care08/16/200608/30/201708/30/2017Mary L. Gavin, MD07/12/20176eed86a4-7945-4a5a-8009-57b5643ed680https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkup-9mos.html/<h3>What to Expect During This Visit</h3> <p>Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:</p> <p><strong>1. Check your baby's weight, length, and head circumference</strong> and plot the measurements on the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-charts.html/">growth charts</a>.</p> <p><strong>2.</strong> Do a screening test that helps with the early identification of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/not-talk.html/"><strong>developmental delays</strong></a>.</p> <p><strong>3. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice</strong> about how your baby is:</p> <p><strong>Eating.</strong> Your baby should be eating a variety of baby foods, in addition to regular feedings of breast milk or formula. Your baby can probably <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/no-bottles.html/">drink from a cup</a> and may try to self-feed with his or her fingers.</p> <p><strong>Peeing and pooping.</strong> You may notice a change in the color and consistency your baby's poopy diapers as you introduce new foods. Tell your doctor if your baby has diarrhea or has stools that are hard, dry, or difficult to pass.</p> <p><strong>Sleeping.</strong> The average amount of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sleep812m.html/">daily sleep</a> is about 12 to 16 hours. Your baby is probably still taking two naps a day &mdash; one in the morning and another sometime after lunch &mdash; but every baby is different. Waking at night is common at this age.</p> <p><strong>Developing (milestones).</strong> By 9 months, it's common for many babies to:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/c812m.html/">say "mama" and "dada"</a>&nbsp;</li> <li>understand "no"</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/move812m.html/">sit without support</a></li> <li>pull to stand</li> <li>walk along furniture ("cruising")</li> <li>start to use thumb and forefinger to grasp objects (pincer grasp)</li> <li>wave bye-bye</li> <li>enjoy playing peek-a-boo</li> </ul> <p>There's a wide range of normal, and children develop at different rates. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about your child's development.</p> <p><strong>4. Do a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/med812m.html/">physical exam</a></strong> with your baby undressed while you are present. This will include an eye exam, listening to your baby's heart and feeling pulses, checking hips, and paying attention to your baby's movements.</p> <p><strong>5. Update immunizations.</strong> <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccine.html/">Immunizations</a> can protect babies from serious childhood illnesses, so it's important that your child receive them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect</p> <p><strong>6. Order a blood test.</strong> Your doctor may check for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/test-lead.html/">lead exposure</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anemia.html/">anemia</a>.</p> <h3>Looking Ahead</h3> <p>Here are some things to keep in mind until your baby's next checkup at <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkup-1-yr.html/">12 months</a>:</p> <h4>Feeding</h4> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>If you're <strong>breastfeeding</strong>, continue for 12 months or for as long as you and your baby desire. Breastfed babies <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/weaning.html/">weaned</a> before 12 months should be given iron-fortified formula. Wait until 12 months to switch from formula to cow's milk.</li> <li>Don't give <strong><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/babies-juice.html/">juice</a> </strong>unless your doctor recommends it. Avoid sugary drinks like sodas.</li> <li>If there's a history of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/foodallergies-center.html/"><strong>food allergies</strong></a> in your family, talk to your doctor before introducing new foods.</li> <li>Pay attention to signs your baby is <strong>hungry or full</strong>.</li> <li>Pull the highchair up to the table during meals. Your baby will start to show interest in <strong>table foods</strong>. Give your baby a variety of tastes and textures, including foods that are pureed, mashed, and in soft lumps.</li> <li>Give your child soft <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/finger-foods.html/"><strong>finger foods</strong></a>.</li> <li>Avoid foods that can cause <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-choking.html/"><strong>choking</strong></a>, such as whole grapes, raisins, popcorn, pretzels, nuts, hot dogs, sausages, chunks of meat, hard cheese, raw veggies, or hard fruits.</li> </ol> <h4>Routine Care &amp; Safety</h4> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>If your baby <strong>wakes up</strong> at night and doesn't settle back down, offer reassurance that you're there, but try not to pick up, play with, or feed your baby.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sep-anxiety.html/"><strong>Separation anxiety</strong></a> often starts around 9 months. Keep good-byes short but loving. Your baby may be upset at first, but will calm down soon after you're gone.</li> <li>Continue to keep your baby in a <strong>rear-facing</strong> <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/auto-baby-toddler.html/"><strong>car seat</strong></a> in the back seat until age 2, or whenever your child reaches the weight or height limit set by the car-seat manufacturer.</li> <li>Avoid <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sun-safety.html/"><strong>sun exposure</strong></a> by keeping your baby covered and in the shade when possible. You may use sunscreen (SPF 30) if shade and clothing don't offer enough protection.</li> <li>Brush your child's <strong>teeth</strong> with a soft toothbrush and a tiny bit of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) twice a day. Schedule a dentist visit soon after the first tooth appears or by 1 year of age.</li> <li>Keep up with <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childproof.html/"><strong>childproofing</strong></a>: <ul> <li>Install safety gates and tie up drapes, blinds, and cords.</li> <li>Keep locked up/out of reach: choking hazards; medicines; toxic substances; items that are hot, sharp, or breakable.</li> <li>Keep <a class="kh_anchor">emergency numbers</a>, including <strong>the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222</strong>, near the phone.</li> <li>To <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-drowning.html/"><strong>prevent drowning</strong></a>, close bathroom doors, keep toilet seats down, and always supervise around water (including baths).</li> </ul> </li> <li>Sing, talk, play, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/reading-babies.html/"><strong>read</strong></a> to your baby. Babies learn best this way.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tv-habits.html/"><strong>TV viewing</strong></a> (or other screen time, including computers) is not recommended for babies this young.</li> <li>Protect your child from<strong> <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/secondhand-smoke.html/">secondhand smoke</a></strong>, which increases the risk of heart and lung disease. Secondhand vapor from <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/e-cigarettes.html/">e-cigarettes</a> is also harmful.</li> <li>Protect your child from <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/gun-safety.html/"><strong>gun injuries</strong></a> by not keeping a gun in the home. If you do have a gun, keep it unloaded and locked away. Lock up ammunition separately. Make sure kids cannot access the keys.</li> <li>Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about your <strong>living situation</strong>. 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