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Baby Luke is 9 months old!

So... what can baby Luke do nowadays?

[Source: Developmental milestones record - 9 months]

Physical characteristics & motor skills
  • Gains weight at a slower rate - about 15g per day / 450g per month
  • Increases in length by 1.5cm per month
  • Bowel and bladder become more regular
  • Puts hands forward when the head is pointed to the ground (parachute reflex) to protect self from falling
  • Is able to crawl
  • Sits for long periods
  • Pulls self to standing position
  • Reaches for objects while sitting
  • Bangs objects together
  • Can grasp objects between the tip of the thumb and index finger
  • Feeds self with fingers
  • Throws or shakes objects

Sensory & cognitive skills
  • Babbles
  • Has separation anxiety and may cling to parents
  • Is developing depth perception
  • Understands that objects continue to exist, even when they are not seen
  • Responds to simple commands
  • Responds to name
  • Understands the meaning of "no"
  • Imitates speech sounds
  • May be afraid of being left alone
  • Plays interactive games, such as peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake
  • Waves bye

Play time
  • Provide picture books
  • Provide different stimuli: Go to the mall (people), go to the zoo (animals)
  • Build vocabulary by reading and naming people and objects in the environment
  • Teach hot and cold through play
  • Provide large toys that can be pushed to encourage walking
  • Sing songs together
  • Avoid television time until age 2
  • A transition object may help decrease separation anxiety

More photos

Baby Luke is very active. He loves playing with bulky things, especially those with shapes such as baskets and boxes. He also loves colorful cards and books.

He has six teeth now!!!