Growing up: your baby’s stages 7-9 months
You’ll be amazed by how fast your baby grows in the first year. Find information about every child development stage, from a first smile to crawling and learn how to help maintain the best child hygiene practices.
Milestones: 7-9 months
Your little one is getting bigger and more adventurous every day. Each baby grows at a different rate, but there are some general milestones you can watch for at this age. Your baby will be experimenting, exhibiting new skills, and maybe even beginning to crawl. By the time he/she reaches the age of 9 months, your baby will probably:
- Sit without support and twist and turn while sitting
- Begin to crawl, bottom-shuffle, and pull themselves forward
- Start to pull themselves up and stand while holding onto furniture
- Turn to you when hearing your voice across a room and respond to quiet noises on either side (if not distracted)
- Start to use their fingers to pick up small objects, feed themselves and poke things
- Start trying to imitate simple words like 'baby'
- Have top and bottom front teeth
- Be eating a wide variety of weaning foods
- Start learning to drink from a sippy cup
Do not to feel concerned if your child hasn’t reached these developmental stages yet. Children are unique and will reach certain milestones in their own time.
Child hygiene and safety
Now that your baby is crawling and beginning to stand up, it is important to baby-proof your home to ensure they stay safe. It can be astounding how quickly they can locate and grasp an unsafe item, or topple over or fall! Here are some important tips to maintain child hygiene, help keep them safe, healthy and thriving.
- Hand washing: it is still important that you help to prevent the spread of germs and maintain child hygiene at this age, so wash your hands regularly, especially before preparing a feed, handling sterilised equipment and after changing a nappy
- Hand sanitisers: if you do not have access to soap and water, you can use an alcohol based hand sanitiser to help kill the germs on your hands
- Sterilising equipment: until your baby is one year old, before every use, you need to clean and sterilise any equipment that will touch your baby's milk or go into their mouth, such as bottles, teats, breast pumps, teething rings and dummies
- Food preparation surfaces: always clean and disinfect surfaces before using them to prepare feeds or weaning foods
- Feeding: take extra care to clean any blenders, food processors and utensils that will come in contact with your baby's weaning foods. Use detergent and hot water. Make sure you scrub surfaces and then rinse thoroughly with hot, clean water
- Clean and disinfect hand contact surfaces: to help stop germs spreading around your home and maintain child hygiene, you need to clean and disinfect contact surfaces, such as taps, handles and bench tops.
- Nappy changing mats: after every nappy change, you need to clean and disinfect nappy changing surfaces
- High chairs: when your baby is ready to start using a high chair, always use the safety harness. Remove any food debris promptly, and clean and disinfect the tray before putting your baby's food on it. Antibacterial wipes are a simple and effective way to quickly rid a high chair of germs.
- Floors: regularly vacuum carpets and clean and disinfect any hard-surface flooring that your baby will crawl on. Make sure that any hazardous objects are placed well out of reach
- Cots: this is the stage where you should remove any bumpers or toys from the cot that your baby could stand on to climb (or fall) out of the cot
- Stairs: fit safety gates to stop your baby climbing up and falling down the stairs
- Windows: keep furniture away from windows and fit windows with locks or safety catches to stop your baby climbing up and falling out