Your baby's month-by-month development is going through major changes. Here's what's likely going on with your baby at nine months.
Your Baby Month-by-Month: Dropping a Nap
Your baby at nine months might start to drop his morning nap. If you're lucky, this means that he will take a longer afternoon nap. Make sure to put your baby down for a nap at the same time each afternoon and try to set a regular sleep routine so that he understands when it's time to sleep. This can prevent him from becoming cranky and weepy when it's time for a nap.
Your Baby Month-to-Month: Nine Months
There are a few things you can do to help your baby's development now.
Talk to your baby. Research has proven that when parents talk to a baby using a regular vocabulary, rather than baby talk, he will develop stronger language skills.
Add hand motions to your nursery rhymes and songs. When you play with your baby at nine months, songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider and Pop Goes The Weasel can help babies improve their coordination and even counting skills.
Turn off the TV. Television doesn't count when it comes to language development. Babies should hear interactive conversations around them. This helps them learn the rhythms and basic patterns of speech.
Troubleshooting Your Baby at Nine Months
If it seems like your friends' babies are far more advanced and meeting milestones faster than yours, try not to worry. Milestones -- and when babies meet them -- vary quite a bit. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor, but as long as your child is progressing on a regular basis, it's okay if it's on his own terms.
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