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Nine Months

As usual, we will measure baby's growth. Look at growth charts and go over any developmental concerns. Make sure to let us know if your baby is not mobile or verbal.

No vaccines due if up to date.

Please complete the Developmental Checklist prior to the visit.

Anticipatory Guidance

Daily Care

Your baby is likely mobile now and exploring. They should be pulling up, crawling or scooting, and possibly even cruising. They should be able to get to a seated position and be sturdy on the bottom. They should be much better with fingers and able to feed their self. You will hear more babbling and possibly some "mamama or bababa" sounds. Provide lots of opportunity to safely explore, play with simple toys, and read, read, read. Books should be an integral part of your baby's life. Screens are not beneficial and should be discouraged. 

Continue with breastmilk and/or formula. Some babies may start to lose interest, though, as their solid food diet is expanding. Most 9-month-old babies can eat soft table foods. Be sure to have a plan and know what to do should a choking episode occur.

If you haven't already, it is a good time to move baby to their own room and start some sleep training. 

Your baby is likely teething. We do not recommend putting any gels or tablets in your baby's mouth for teething. Teething toys and either Tylenol or Motrin for severe teething pain is what we recommend.

Safety

Baby-proofing the house is an essential safety step. Make sure all toxic substances are locked away out of reach. Outlets should be covered and baby gates placed to prevent access to areas unsafe for baby. Heavy furniture such as television sets and dresser drawers should be anchored to the wall.

Monitor for signs of infection and call if your baby is coughing, breathing abnormally, or vomiting. Your baby has likely had a cold by now. Most of these are minor and do not require any treatment other than suctioning the nose with some saline.

Depending on the season, you may need to monitor for sun exposure. We recommend keeping your baby in the shade, putting UV protectant clothing, and a hat on your baby. If sunscreen is a must, keep the application as limited as possible.

Monitor the car seat and make sure your baby still appropriately fits. It may be time to purchase a convertible seat.

Never shake or throw your baby. If you are feeling overwhelmed, sad, angry, or anxious, please contact someone in your support system for help, and let us know as well.

Screening

Prior to the visit, please complete the developmental checklist by clicking the link above.

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