As your baby is more on the go than ever you may notice cuddles, nursing and quiet time becomes more of a struggle. Make sure you spend time reading to your baby so he still gets quiet time in the day.
Your baby this week
A newfound mobility and sense of adventure means your baby will encounter a few tumbles and falls along the way. Whilst your first thoughts may be panic, most of the time your baby isn’t really hurt and is crying because of the reaction you gave. As long as you are sure he hasn’t hurt himself, try to resist over reacting when he bumps himself and calmly comfort him by saying, ‘did you have a little bump, silly chair bumped you’ and then distract him with a game or a toy. See baby-proofing your home for helpful ideas.
Your baby will have probably mastered the art of seeing something small and being able to pick it up with his thumb and forefinger (the pincer grasp). You can encourage him by tipping something small like Cheerios onto a plate and watching him while he tries to grasp and eat them. Be careful not to give him food like carrot sticks and nuts that he could easily choke on.
You this week
Whether you are breast or bottle-feeding your baby you may notice that he is less interested in his milk and more interested in the world around him. Nine month-olds are explorers, inquisitive and eager to learn from their environment and stopping for a milk pit stop gets in the way! Try nursing your baby just before he naps when he is sleepy, or try first thing in the morning and just before bed when there are no toys to distract him. Alternatively feed your baby in a quiet room with the lights down so that nothing can steal his attention. Some babies decide for themselves when it is best to give up breastfeeding, while others are happy to carry on till after their first birthdays.
Thinking about weaning your baby onto cow’s milk as a main drink? Experts don’t recommend you give it to your baby until he reaches his first birthday and his stomach can cope with it, so wait a few months more.