9 Months

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Your baby continues to absorb information by touching, watching, and playing! Expect them to point at objects and people, play games like peek-a-boo, and crawl around the house. Your baby will also sleep a lot – up to 14 hours per day! Scroll down to find out about free or low-cost EarlyLearn Child Care, which is available for up to 10 hours per day.

Events

Family Storytime

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join the library for some fun stories and sing-songs, and then build motor and social skills during playtime.

Baby and Me

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Babies (3-17 months) and their parents and caregivers are welcome to join the library for bounces, nursery rhymes, stories, and more!

Summer Reading: Storytime In the Park!

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Little ones from 0-5 years old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great stories, lively songs, fun rhymes, and meet other little ones in the neighborhood—outside in Marcus Garvey Park.

Programs

Child care for babies & toddlers

EarlyLearn NYC Child Care

NYC Administration for Children's Services

Free or low-cost care for children.

Healthy food for families

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

NYS Department of Health

Free healthy food, counseling about healthy eating, breastfeeding support, and referrals for women, infants, and children under five.

Milestones

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child's development.

What most 9 month olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • May be afraid of strangers
    • May be clingy with familiar adults
    • Have favorite toys
  • Communication

    • Understand “no”
    • Make different sounds like “mamamama” and “bababababa”
    • Copy sounds and gestures of others
    • Use fingers to point at things
  • Learning

    • Watch the path of something falling
    • Look for things they see someone has hidden
    • Play peek-a-boo
    • Put things in their mouth
    • Move things smoothly from one hand to the other
    • Pick up things like cereal o’s between thumb and index finger
  • Physical Development

    • Can stand, holding on
    • Can get into sitting position
    • Can sit without support
    • Pull to stand
    • Crawl
  • Health

    • Consume fork-mashed, ground, or cut up food and other soft foods with breast milk
    • Eat cereal, single-ingredient pureed vegetables, fruit, meat
    • Sleep about 14 hours per day
    • Are on schedule with immunizations

Act early by talking to a doctor, teacher, or social worker if your child:

    • Doesn’t bear weight on legs with support
    • Doesn’t sit with help
    • Doesn’t babble (“mama,” “baba,” “dada”)
    • Doesn’t play any games involving back-and-forth play
    • Doesn’t respond to own name
    • Doesn’t seem to recognize familiar people
    • Doesn’t look where you point
    • Doesn’t transfer toys from one hand to the other