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

Storytime with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Children hear stories, play and make friends, for children with and without disabilities.

Story Play

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Stories, toys, and new friends at this informal program.

Babies & Books with Reading is Fundamental (RIF)

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Books, songs, and rhymes for ages birth to 18 months.

Programs

Child care for babies & toddlers

EarlyLearn NYC Child Care

NYC Administration for Children's Services

Free or low-cost child care for children.

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 your child’s doctor 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