Grabbing and gabbing—look who’s (maybe) talking

Green Flourish

Shake, rattle, and roll! There are exciting developments to look forward to around 9 months corrected age. Your baby is developing the ability to grab anything within reach. So be mindful to keep harmful objects out of sight.

He might be able to say “mama” too. Of course, all babies develop at different rates, and it’s completely normal for babies to go months longer before they start saying recognizable words. Try not to be overly concerned if your little one does something later or earlier than your friend's children. In general, by now he should be able to:

  • Pull himself to a standing position
  • Walk while holding on to furniture
  • Grab objects with his thumb and index finger
  • Wave “bye-bye”
  • Understand “no”

Exercise his body and brain.

Your baby has learned so much up to this point. Here are some simple ways to continue his brain development:

  • Read him books while naming and pointing to objects and people
  • Teach him hand-eye coordination games such as “patty-cake” and “peekaboo”
  • Play with puzzles and shape-sorting toys like nesting blocks
  • Play hide and seek
  • Talk, talk, and more talk