9 Months

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What to expect

9 Months

infant of 9 months who is following the normal pattern of development will usually be doing the following:


  • Uses objects to gain adults attention.
  • Uses adults to gain a desired object.
  • Visually attentive to objects, people and things happening around them.
  • Attentive to everyday sounds and voices.
  • Shouts when wanting attention.
  • Babbles loudly and in a tuneful manner usually in repetitive strings e.g. ‘dad-dad', ‘adaba'.
  • Understands ‘no' and ‘good bye'.
  • Copies playful sounds e.g. ‘brr'.
  • Knows their own name.


  • Throws body back and stiffens body when annoyed accompanied with vocal protests.
  • Still takes things to mouth.
  • Copies hand clapping and play ‘peek-aboo'.
  • Offers toys to adults.

Eating, drinking and swallowing

  • Now accepts liquid from a cup; however this will usually be followed by an uncoordinated swallow.
  • Increased range of tongue movement.
  • Able to manage mashed up foods.
  • May use graded biting pattern, where they are able to bite the biscuit but will hold it in their mouth without biting all the way. Baby may alternate between phasic and graded biting patterns.
  • May be able to finger feed independently.

you feel your child is not developing as they should be, or if have any concerns regarding their speech, language or feeding contact us by emailing office@slt.co.uk or calling 0330 0885 643.

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