Your Child's Checkup: 9 Months
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Childproofing and Preventing Household Accidents
You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words "babyproofing" or "childproofing," but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 years old and under.
The Senses and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old
Here's how you can stimulate your baby's senses and provide a safe environment for exploration.
Feeding Your 8- to 12-Month-Old
At about 8 months old, babies start to explore table foods.
Medical Care and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old
As your baby becomes more independent, you may have questions about how to prevent bumps and bruises. Here are some other topics you'll cover with your doctor.
Movement, Coordination, and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old
From scooting to crawling to cruising, during these months, babies are learning how to get around.
Sleep and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old
Certain sleep problems may crop up as your child approaches the first birthday, often due to his or her increased awareness of "separateness" from you.
Finger Foods for Babies
When they're around 9 months old, babies can begin feeding themselves. Find out which foods are safe, healthy options and which should not be served to little ones.
Reading Books to Babies
Reading aloud to your baby stimulates developing senses, and builds listening and memory skills that can help your baby grow up to be a reader.
How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor
Building a relationship with your child's doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.
Growth and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old
Your baby is continuing to grow at a rapid rate and may even be walking! All this activity and the foods your baby is eating affect growth and weight.
Learning, Play, and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old
Your baby is learning more about the world through play and is beginning to use words. Keep those toys and games coming!
Communication and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old
Babies this age might be about to say their first words, and communicate using body language. Read more about communicating with your baby.
Teary and tantrum-filled goodbyes are common with separation anxiety, which is a perfectly normal part of childhood development.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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