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Little ones are growing and changing every day when they are 9 months old. It’s an exciting time full of new discoveries!

At this age, your child may be making facial expressions, and sitting up on their own. These are called developmental milestones. Knowing what to expect can help you support your baby with each new milestone. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing things your 9-month-old might be doing!

Keep in mind that there is a wide range of what is considered normal, and every child develops at their own rate.

Look for these milestones* at 9 months old

Vecino pediatricians screen for these and other developmental milestones at the Well Child Exam when children are 9 months old.

Social/Emotional Milestones

  • Will smile or laugh when you play peek-a-boo
  • Looks when their name is called

Language/Communication Milestones

  • Makes a lot of different sounds

Cognitive Milestones

  • Bangs two things together

Movement/Physical Development Milestones

  • Sits without support
  • Moves things from one hand to the other

*Highlighted are several developmental milestones typical for 9-month-old infants. For a comprehensive list, refer to the  CDC’s Developmental Milestones or talk to your pediatrician. 

Frequent Well Check Exams are important for every child’s’ health and healthy development, especially in their first three years. At each exam your pediatrician will make sure your child is up to date on vaccines, will review your child’s development, nutrition and growth and will address any concerns or questions you may have.

Schedule Well Check Exams for your children at these ages:

newborn (before 5 days old) • 2 weeks • 2 months • 4 months •  6 months • 9 months • 12 months • 15 months • 18 months •  2 years (24 months) •2-1/2 years (30 months) • 3 years • 4 years • 5 years • once a year for older children.

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