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Baby developmentê at 9 months: weight, sleep and nutritionção

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Baby developmentê at 9 months: weight, sleep and nutritionção
Baby developmentê at 9 months: weight, sleep and nutritionção
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Baby at 9 months has more strength and is usually able to sit without support, crawl and stand when leaning on an object. At this stage, the baby also has better visual ability, being able to follow the movements of objects moving and falling, for example.

At 9 months, the baby can communicate a little better, understanding the meaning of the word “no”, in addition to making some sounds, such as “mama” and “baba”, and using his fingers to point at the things you want.

In addition to breastfeeding or infant formula, a baby's diet at 9 months should be supplemented with natural and he althy foods, including a fresh fruit porridge in the morning and afternoon snacks and a “s alty” porridge, at lunch and dinner.Discover other tips for feeding your 9-month-old baby.

It is worth remembering that each baby is unique and has its own rhythm of growth, development, sleep and speech. Therefore, if there are doubts about the baby's development, it is recommended to consult a pediatrician.

Baby weight

The following table indicates the ideal weight range of the baby at 9 months, as well as other important parameters such as height, head circumference and monthly weight gain, according to the World He alth Organization:

Boy

Girl

Weight

7, 1 to 11 kg 6.5 to 10.5 kg

Height

67, 4 to 76, 3 cm 65, 2 to 75 cm

Head circumference

43, 7 to 46, 3 cm 42.5 to 45.2 cm

Monthly weight gain

450 g 450 g

If the baby presents values ​​above or below the indicated ranges, it is advisable to consult a pediatrician to assess the child's development.

Baby development

Baby at 9 months already has more strength and can sit without support, crawl and stand when supported by an object. At this stage, the baby also sees better, being able to follow objects moving and falling, for example.

At this stage the baby is able to communicate a little better, understanding the meaning of the word “no”, and the gestures of “no made with the fingers and the head, in addition to making some sounds, such as “breast” and”drool”, and use your fingers to point at the things you want.

To help with development, you can describe the objects your baby points to, talk to him, and organize a large, safe space for him to move and crawl.

Check out other tips that can also help your baby's development:

When to vaccinate the baby

A 9-month-old baby will only need to take the first dose of the yellow fever vaccine. Know all the recommended vaccines for the baby.

Baby Feeding

According to the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics, breast milk on demand, which is when the baby wants to breastfeed, is still important and should be offered to the baby at 9 months. In cases where breastfeeding is not recommended, infant formula should be offered according to the pediatrician's guidelines.

To complement the baby's diet at 9 months, fresh fruit porridge should be offered in the morning and afternoon snacks, and s alted porridge, prepared with cereals, tubers, vegetables, legumes, and proteins, at lunch and at dinner.See other recommendations for baby feeding at 9 months.

To encourage recognition of different flavors and textures of food, it is advisable to offer food separately on the plate. In addition, if the baby has an allergy, it is possible to identify the type of food that caused it.

The palate of a 9-month-old baby is still developing and, therefore, it is not recommended to offer foods rich in fat and sugar, such as chocolate, ice cream, cookies, industrialized juices, soda, pizza or ready-made sauces, such as ketchup and mayonnaise. That's because these foods can contribute to a bad eating habit, favoring obesity or other he alth problems during childhood or adolescence.

In addition, it is also important that the baby consumes 800 ml of filtered or boiled water per day, considering the water from breast milk, or used in the preparation of infant formula, the water used in soups and broths and pure water offered throughout the day.Learn how to give water to a 9 month old baby.

Baby sleep

The sleep duration of the baby at 9 months varies with each child, however, the baby's sleep at this stage lasts around 14 hours a day, including night sleep, which should last between 9 to 11 hours, and up to 3 naps throughout the day, lasting up to 1 hour each.

Some babies may have difficulty sleeping at night, “changing day for night”. Some measures, such as decreasing the noise and lighting in the house, can help the baby relax and sleep better during the night. In addition, giving a warm bath or massage can also help the baby sleep. Discover other tips to improve your baby's sleep.

Games and activities

Plays and activities help stimulate the baby's curiosity, motor coordination, knowledge of the surrounding space, language, vision, hearing and touch.

Some games to stimulate baby include hide-and-seek and hide-and-seek.Another game that entertains and stimulates the baby's development is to remove and place a ball in an open cardboard box, letting the baby observe and then ask him to do the same. Discover other games suggested for a 9 month old baby.

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