YOUR BABY'S GROWTH

You will find useful information needed to pamper your baby’s need.

Children develop at different rates, and that’s completely fine, but here is a rough breakdown of what to expect in your baby’s early development and a few tips for how you can encourage it.

  • 4TH Month
  • 9 TH month
  • PHYSICAL FEATURES & GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

    PHYSICAL FEATURES & GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

    What most babies do at this age?

    • Weight gain slows to about 20 grams per day
    • Double the birth weight
    • Have almost no head droop while in a sitting position
    • Be able to sit straight if propped up
    • Raises his/her head 90 degrees when placed on stomach
    • Be able to roll from front to back
    • Hold and let go of an object
    • Play with rattle when it’s placed in the hands, but won’t be able to pick it up if dropped
    • Be able to grasp rattle with both hands
    • Be able to place objects in mouth
    • Sleeps a total of 14 – 16 hours per day; 9 to 10 hours at night with two naps
  • SENSORY & COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

    SENSORY & COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

    What most 4 month old babies do at this age?

    • Have well-established close vision
    • Increase eye contact with parents and others
    • Have beginning hand-eye coordination
    • Be able to coo
    • Be able to laugh out loud
    • Anticipate feeding when able to see a bottle (if bottle-fed)
    • Begin to show memory
    • Demand attention by fussing
    • Recognize parent voice or touch
  • SOCIAL

    SOCIAL

    HOW CAN YOU ENCOURAGE YOUR BABY’S COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT BY PLAYING?

    • Place the baby in front of a mirror
    • Provide bright-colored toys to hold
    • Repeat sounds the infant makes
    • Help the infant roll over
    • Use an infant swing at the park if the baby has head control
    • Play on the stomach (tummy time)
  • PHYSICAL FEATURES & GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

    PHYSICAL FEATURES & GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

    What most 9 month old babies do at this age?

    • Gains weight at a slower rate at about 15 grams per day, about 0.45 kilos per month
    • Increases in length by 1.5 centimeters per month
    • Their bowel and bladder become more regular
    • Is able to crawl
    • Sits for longer periods
    • Reaches for objects while sitting
    • Bangs objects together
    • Can grasp objects between the tip of the thumb and index finger
    • Throws or shakes objects
  • SENSORY & COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

    SENSORY & COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

    What most 9 month old babies do at this age?

    • Babbles
    • Has separation anxiety and may cling to parents
    • Responds to name
    • Understands the meaning of “no”
    • Imitates speech sounds
    • May be afraid of being left alone
    • Plays interactive games, such as peek-a-boo
    • Waves bye
  • SOCIAL

    SOCIAL

    How can you encourage your 9 month old baby’s cognitive development by playing?

    • Provide picture books
    • Provide different stimuli like going to a mall to see people or going to the zoo to see animals
    • Build vocabulary by reading and naming people and objects in the environment
    • Teach hot and cold through play
    • Provide large toys that can be pushed to encourage walking
    • Sing songs together
    • Avoid television time until age 2
    • A toy or any safe object that may help decrease separation anxiety

Note:Do you want to make sure your baby is on track every step of the way? Use this checklist to see which developmental milestone's he or she's made and which you can expect soon. Remember that children develop at different rates & if you have concerns about your child’s development, contact a medical professional.