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Child Development (9 months)

Your child's experiences in the early months and years of life affect his/her health, well-being, and coping skills for the rest of his/her life. Your caring, nurturing, and safe parenting help ensure your baby's optimal development. During the toddler years, your child will grow and learn rapidly.

Child development is typically described in five areas:

  • physical
  • social
  • emotional
  • cognitive
  • language

While there are milestones, development is not a race. Each child grows and develops at his own pace. Learning about child development can guide your parenting. You can support and guide your child’s development through activities in each of these four areas:

  • Learning To Think and Play
  • Seeing and Using Hands
  • Hearing, Speech and Language
  • Learning To Move

Your Developing Baby: 9 Months

  • Possibly pulling up to stand at furniture
  • Crawling (or scooting around on the floor)
  • Starts to bang objects together
  • Uses pads of fingertips to grasp a toy
  • Watches everything going on around him/her
  • Plays peek-a-boo
  • Looks at pictures in books
  • Turns to look up when her name is called
  • Understands words such as ‘bye-bye’, ’up’, or ‘no’
  • Says sounds like ‘ba-ba’, ‘na-na’, ‘ma-ma’, ‘da-da’
  • Starting to hold cup to drink
There are many ways you can help your child’s development

Play is a learning experience for children. Play is a universal and vital process for the healthy development of every child. Play is the child’s work and allows him/her to explore the world in which he lives and grows.
If you have any concerns about your child’s development, talk to your public health nurse or family doctor.


Healthy Living

Updated Oct 2, 2015