What to Expect?
Your little one has become busier with herself. She likes to play around, touch things, Remove things from the cupboards, go outside if the door is kept open, etc. They love to explore new things and are always busy exploring but still, they need your presence too. Every 5 to 10 minutes they will come to see you. If you are there they will again go back to play thinking that they are safe, if you are not there they start crying and feel very insecure though they gave their grandparents or other relatives with them. Since they started crawling they won’t sit in one place, They like to go to every corner of the house. Make sure you babyproof the house right now.
Some of the milestones which your baby will reach now are:-
1. Motor Skills:-
- Can crawl with hands and legs.
- Grabs toys with hands.
- Can pick up small things with fingers.
- Can stand with the support of a chair and stool or any other thing,
- Puts everything in the mouth to feel its taste and texture.
- Sits up straight without any support.
- Rolls back and front.
- Moves all around the house.
2. Sleeping schedule:- Babies at this age will sleep for 13 to 14 hours a day. 7 to 8 hours straight at night. They may take 2 to 3 naps during the daytime for one to two hours or less. Your baby always wants you beside him when they are asleep. If they wake up in between and start crying when you may have to go back to them and pamper them and get them back to sleep again. This is because babies develop separation anxiety now and this will continue for up to 2 years of age. See if your baby will go back to sleep all by herself after a few minutes of crying. This is a good habit for both of you. Babies will understand that they have to sleep by themselves. Normally many babies don’t go back to sleep until their mothers come to comfort them.
3. Feeding Schedule:- Your baby will be on 2 full meals and a snack of solid foods. Milk is still necessary for your baby as half of the proteins your baby gets are from breast milk or formula milk. They need 24 to 32 ounces of milk a day along with solid foods. Check here to know more about what solids to give at this age. Food chart for 8 -9-month-old. Offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to your baby to get maximum strength. Avoid packed foods like biscuits, cakes, drinks, etc.
Start giving finger foods to your baby at mealtimes like stripped bananas, Bread toast, cooked meat, etc all cut into bite-size pieces. Never give foods that can cause choking hazards like raisins, grapes, popcorn, carrots, cucumber, blueberries, etc.
4. Communication and Vision:- Babies at this age understand a lot when you tell familiar words to them like bedtime, diaper change, mealtime, feeding, etc. They may even tell you what they like and dislike by making faces. When you offer them food that they like they will open their mouth as soon as you bring the spoon to his mouth. If they don’t like the food they won’t open their mouth. And throw the spoon or hit with their hands or nod their heads. Their vision is almost the same as an adult and they can see everything around them including small things far away.
5. Height and Weight:- Your baby may weigh around 15 to 25 pounds which is 6.8 kg to 11.3 kg. Their height may fall around 25 to 30 inches. All babies are different and hence Height and weight depend on your baby’s personality and development. Some babies weigh more and some less. Don’t panic if your baby is not reaching the above-mentioned numbers. If your baby is healthy and active you shouldn’t worry at all. Check here to know more about the height and weight of your baby from 0 to 2 years.
- Take your baby outside for a walk to a nearby park. This will refresh his mind and will know about his surroundings. Many mothers recommend strollers to take their baby outside as it is very comfortable for both the mother and the baby.
- Massage him regularly to relax his muscles and help in strong development.
- Never feed your baby forcefully, wait for his hunger cues, or set a timetable of when to give solid foods and milk. If your baby still refuses food, offer him some time later. He will eat if he is hungry.
- Make your house baby-proof. Maintain hygiene all around the house as your baby will be crawling and keeping everything in his mouth.
- Lock all the doors of bathrooms, balconies, bedrooms, and main gates.
- Keep away all the tiny things that can cause a choking hazard.
- Give Vaccinations on time.
- Always keep an eye on your baby through you are busy with household work or office work.
- Since your baby has started teething, maintain oral hygiene by cleaning his teeth and gums with a soft cloth or buy a baby toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Buy some toys and storybooks for your baby to engage him in activities.
- Making your baby sit on his chair at mealtimes will be very tough, so give him plenty of finger foods or toys to engage him.