How to Entertain Your 9 Month Old
It’s hard finding ways to entertain your 9 month old that work. Babies develop at different rates and many parents (including me!) have no idea what they should be doing with their babies to help them reach their developmental milestones.
Here are some ideas💡on what you could be working on with your 9 month old at home, in a fun and engaging environment. Remember, you are your baby’s best (and favorite) teacher💕
1. Encourage play
While sitting, encourage your baby to reach for and play with toys with both hands while sitting.
2. Observe and be amazed
Can your baby move from their tummy to a sitting position without help? What about from sitting to a crawling position without help? It’s just a matter of time before they can do both!
3. Big kid crawl
Is your baby crawling on their hands and knees with their tummy off the floor?
4. Put toys slightly out of reach
With baby standing with their hands on a supportive surface, let them try to reach for toys. This will help them prepare for side stepping and is a great way to aid in their development.
5. Play games
Start with the classics: peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake. These games will definitely entertain your 9 month old.
6. If you see something, say something
Tell your baby what you’re doing. They will begin to recognize words for common items like cup, shoe, book, etc.
7. Use gestures to communicate
Wave hi/bye to your baby. Outstretch your arms to signal that you’re going to pick up your baby.
8. Practice different speech sounds
Very soon, your baby will begin to imitate these sounds.
9. Smooth operator
You baby might be able to smoothly passes items between their hands.
10. Clap your hands
Does your baby clap too?
12. Let them explore
Babies do this best by mouthing toys.
This content was provided by the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children