17 Tips for Baby's Month 9 Doctor Visit

Learn what to expect at your baby's month 9 checkup from pediatrician Dyan Hes, M.D. in this Howcast video about newborn and baby development.

Transcript

So the nine month visit is a bit of a reprieve for your child. There are no vaccines given at nine months. At nine months, we focus on a child's developments.

Babies are often starting to crawl, they're babbling more, and some babies are actually saying some words. Often babies will start saying Dada because it's an easier sound to say than Mama. Not all babies do have words but it is OKAY and normal if they do have words at this age.

Babies are trying to crawl. A lot of babies are creeping and pulling themselves around on their elbows or arms if they're not crawling yet, and some babies are actually cruising at this age. Cruising is when they pull themselves up and they hold on to furniture, and then they hold on to objects and get from one place to other by holding on to objects.

That's called cruising. It's very important that when your baby is cruising that you're home is child proof, because they will pull on anything. They will open drawers, they will pull on drawer handles, so they'll often get their fingers stuck when the drawer pulls back. Or they will hold onto a door, or the edge of a door, so you want to make sure the door doesn't shut on the baby's fingers. They'll try to pull up on a toilet bowl or on the edge of a bathtub. You want to make sure there's no standing water where a baby can fall into and drown.

Babies will often start feeding themselves, so they like to pick up the food off of their high chair tray or their booster table and shove things into their mouths. Nine months is a really difficult age for parents because you really have to have eyes in the back of your head as far as safety issues. You have to watch what your child is putting in their mouth, because they will put everything that is not nailed down to the floor into their mouth.

You want to make sure that toys are age appropriate; that there's no little pieces like a puzzle, or little building blocks that are small, or any toys that have small particles or pieces from your other siblings, or other children should not be left around on the table or on the floor, because your baby will put that into their mouth.

As far as foods go, a lot of babies are doing stage two foods, and some babies who have a lot of teeth might even be doing stage three foods. At nine months babies often start to eat cheese and yogurts. You can break up soft cheeses into little pieces.

Babies are often doing meats at this age as well, and it doesn't have to be pureed meats. You can take little pieces of chicken or turkey. Some families do eat fish at this age and what I recommend is that you just mash the fish up into teeny tiny pieces because there could even be a very small piece of bone. You wouldn't want a baby to choke on a fish bone, so just make sure everything is really mashed up, and the baby could eat it with their fingers.

Babies can start eggs at nine months of age. I recommend that you separate, and start with the egg yolk first, and then after three days if the baby tolerated the egg yolk well, then you start with the egg white. Once a baby does an egg yolk and then the egg white, then you can give a baby a whole egg because you know that they're not allergic to each part separately.

Babies drink formula at this age. They still get the majority of their calories from the formula. They're drinking still about 27 to 30 ounces of milk a day at this age. Breastfed babies are still feeding frequently, and breast milk is the majority of their calories.

Babies can have water at this age, but we do not recommend any juice for any infants. The next visit after the nine month visit will be the twelve month visit, so make sure you check with your doctor what the new milestones that will develop between that three month period.

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