In the previous article, we explained growth and developmental characteristics of 9-month-old babies. During this period, your baby may start moving around, crawling or standing while holding onto something.
In this article, we will introduce the things you may wonder about and precautions you need to be aware of.
Characteristics of a 9-month-old baby
Many people may be troubled by the differences between their 9-month-old baby and other children around them, as well as by new behaviors such as “following”. Here is some advice to address the concerns and questions that many mothers and fathers have.
Is it okay if my baby doesn’t start crawling?
Physical development and growth vary greatly from baby to baby, and there are many children who cannot crawl after the age of 9 months. An unexpectedly large number of children begin to walk on their own without crawling or doing exercises similar to crawling.
However, crawling is an important exercise for developing muscles and nerves in the arms and legs and for developing a sense of physical balance. According to one theory, if a child starts to stand on his or her own or walk by himself or herself before crawling sufficiently, he or she is more likely to fall and injure himself or herself because he or she is unable to use their hands quickly when he or she falls.
It is generally believed that it is better to let your child crawl for as long as possible before allowing him or her to walk on his or her own.
The reasons for not allowing a baby to start crawling include not having enough space, not being able to move their arms and legs freely due to mismatched clothing sizes, and using a walker from an early age.
Of course, the time to start crawling depends on the baby’s pace. However, if your baby does not start crawling after 9 months of age, or if he or she starts holding onto things first, check for an “environment that does not allow crawling”.
Crying loudly when separated from the baby… is this the following?
When babies are around six months old, they become more aware of familiar people such as mom and dad who usually take care of them and protect them. They also become shy to new people.
When they reach around 9 months of age, this tendency becomes even stronger, as they become anxious and cry a lot when mom or dad disappears from sight, or they crawl after them.
This phenomenon is called “following,” and many people are troubled by babies who cry and chase after them when they go to the bathroom or do household chores. It can be tiresome when the following begins at a time when you just can’t get away from it.
However, following is also a sign of the baby’s strong attachment to mom and dad. To further strengthen the bond with your baby and promote emotional development, return to your baby and hold him or her as soon as possible.
In the long life of parenthood, following is only seen for a short period of time. Looking back on your own experience in the future, as your child grows up and stops asking for cuddles, you may begin to miss the time when your baby was following.
There is no other time of the year when a baby is so desperate for mom and dad, so please do as much as you can to satisfy his or her needs.
Precautions for 9-month-old babies
When a baby begins to crawl and pull him/herself up, the risk of accidental ingestion and falls is higher than ever at 9 months of age.
Once they master crawling, their range of activity will be greater than you think. In addition to keeping potentially ingestible items out of reach of your baby, install guards in the kitchen and on stairs to prevent your baby from entering them.
It is also important not to place wobbly or unstable chairs or low tables for your baby. Babies are unstable when they are just starting to pull themselves up. If they do not hold onto something with a firm center of gravity, the entire piece of furniture may fall over and cause unintended injury.
As your baby grows up, you will find many fun things with them. However, they are still baby, learning how to stand, crawl and walk. Therefore, you need to keep your eyes on them all the time.