Nine month handout

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  • Let your child decide how much to eat. Experiment with finger foods.
  • Cow’s milk can be started at 1 year of age.
  • Now is a good time to start introducing the sippy cup. The cup is better for teeth than the bottle.
  • Avoid choking hazard foods – popcorn, nuts, raisins, candy, uncooked carrots, grapes, and hot dogs circles.
  • By one year your child should ideally be eating 3 small meals with 2 small snacks each day.



  • Drowning is a leading cause of death in 1-4-year-olds. Watch your child near pools, hot tubs, toilets, and buckets of water.
  • Use a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2 years of age.
  • Now is a good time to baby proof the house.
  • POISON CONTROL CENTER 1-800-222-1222



Remember happy babies come from happy parents.

  • Have a date with your significant other
  • Call up an old friend
  • See family members
  • Just take some time for yourself!


  • Babies should be able to sleep 8-12 hours at night without waking.
  • Even babies who were sleeping through the night may begin to wake around 9 months.
  • Avoid creating bad sleep habits at this age that will be hard to break later.  If she was sleeping and now starts waking, try not to pick her up or feed her. If you have to go in then say. “ I am here.  It’s time to go to sleep.”
  • If your baby is not sleeping through the night at this age, he may need a little nudging in the right direction to establish good sleeping habits.

Start with teaching your baby how to fall asleep.  Put her down when she is sleepy but not asleep. Work to stop rocking or feeding her to sleep. This may be easier to do at naps first and then bedtime.

If your baby was sleeping and now wakes, don’t start feeding again at night.  If she is still feeding, work to eliminate this by having dad go in (breastfeeding moms) or give a bottle of water or pacifier instead. Work toward not going in at all

Babies should be able to go 10-12 hours without food at this age and many will sleep that long.


  • Reading together promotes bonding and language development.



(adapted from Bright Futures by Morris Green)

  • Does your child live in or regularly visit a house (or a preschool or child care center) built before 1978? Does it have peeling or chipping paint? Have there been recent or planned renovations or remodeling?
  • Does your home’s plumbing have lead pipes or copper with lead solder joints?
  • Does your child live near a heavily traveled major highway where soil and dust may be contaminated with lead?
  • Does your child frequently come in contact with an adult who works with lead (e.g. in construction, welding, pottery, or other trades)?
  • Does your child live near a lead smelter, battery recycling plant, or other industrial sites likely to release lead?
  • Do you give your child any home remedies that may contain lead?
  • Have any of your children or any of their playmates had lead poisoning?


If any of the answers is YES, let your provider know.  

In Massachusetts, children are screened for lead poisoning at 1, 2, 3, and sometimes 4 years of age.


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