9 Months: Well Child Appointment Schedule

Development

  • The most notable developmental change by this age is mobility. Whether your baby is creeping or crawling, pulling up to a standing position or cruising around furniture you’ll notice their strong desire to explore their environment.
  • Many babies have developed a pincer grasp with their thumb and forefinger. By using the tips of these fingers they are much better able to grab small objects.
  • You may have heard your child say words such as “dada” and “mama.” While they may not be specifically referring to either parent when they say this, it is the beginning of their verbal communications with you. Additionally, he or she may start waving bye-bye and playing social games like peek-a-boo.

Nutrition

  • Breast milk or formula is still a very important source of nutrition for your baby. While the quantity of either may be decreasing, we recommend that you continue to breast feed or formula feed until your child is at least one year of age.
  • Think about food in a social context as well as for its nutritional value. Your goal is to have your baby sit in a high chair for meals rather than wandering around with food. If your child screams after being in the chair for 5 minutes, allow them to get down. If they then want to eat again return him or her to their chair for feeding.
  • Three meals a day plus possible snacks are common.

Please review with your provider if an iron supplement, and/or Vitamin D is recommended for your baby.

Sleep

  • Most babies will still take two naps a day. Over the next 6 months or so your child may transition to only one nap.
  • Hopefully you’re maintaining a good sleep routine for your baby. This involves short rituals, such as bathing, cuddling, and reading before going to bed. If you keep this process consistent your baby will realize that bedtime is coming soon and they can more easily transition themselves to sleep.

Dental

  • As your baby’s teeth emerge, you’ll want to keep them clean by wiping them with a soft cloth or brushing them with a soft infant toothbrush on a daily basis. The best time to do this is after their last meal before bedtime.
  • You should continue with the fluoride prescription that was provided previously if you live in an area without fluoridated water. If you need a prescription please ask us and we’ll provide a new one for you.

Miscellaneous

  • By the time of the next routine visit your child will enter toddlerhood. It’s an incredibly exciting time and one that is filled with plenty of challenges. Beginning at the next visit, we will highlight many of these changes and provide help with difficult situations.
  • Please don’t hesitate to call us for other questions and concerns. We want to help you any way we can. You may also find answers to many questions by browsing other sections of our website.

Your child’s next visit is at 12 months of age