9 Months

What Most Babies Do by This Age


  • May be afraid of strangers
  • May be clingy with familiar adults
  • Has favorite toys
  • Imitate behaviors like waving

Problem Solving

  • Watches the path of something as it falls
  • Looks for things she sees you hide
  • Plays peek-a-boo
  • Puts things in his mouth
  • Moves things smoothly from one hand to the other
  • Picks up things like between thumb and index finger

Language and Communication

  • Understands “no”
  • Makes a lot of different sounds like “mamamama” and “bababababa”
  • Copies sounds and gestures of others
  • Uses fingers to point at things


  • Stands, holding on
  • Can get into sitting position
  • Sits without support
  • Pulls to stand
  • Crawls

What Families Can Do

  • Be available, responsive and gentle with your baby.
  • Continue with routines so that your baby feels safe and secure.
  • Stay close by as your baby explores and moves around so he/she knows that you are near.
  • Name feelings like happy, mad or sad.
  • Talk about what your baby wants when he/she points at something.
  • Copy your baby’s sounds and words, and also say the words clearly and correctly.
  • Talk to your baby about what you are seeing or doing.
  • Look at and read books with your baby.
  • Play games, sing songs and say rhymes with your baby
  • Put your baby close to furniture to safely use it to pull up to stand.
  • Child-proof your home.
  • Teach cause and effect by rolling balls back and forth or putting blocks in and out of containers.

Developmental Milestones