At about nine-months old, your baby is going to be going through the peak of separation anxiety, which can make it very hard for you to be away from your baby for more than a few hours. Even though it is normal right now for a baby to show an extreme attachment to you and great fear of everybody else, it can be very hard for grandparents and other caring adults to go through. The best thing you can do at this stage of your baby’s life is to tell people what is going on so that they approach your baby slowly. You should also tell them that they should let your baby make the first move, which will help baby feel better about being around strangers.
Not only is leaving your baby hard, but taking your baby with you while you are traveling can be just as difficult at this age.
The reason for this is that they are not old enough to understand the concept of traveling, but they do know that they are no longer in their normal setting. By nine-months old, your baby will have become accustomed to their surroundings and familiar faces, and they enjoy the predictability of their lives. By taking them out of this setting, you should be ready for clinging behavior and a cranky baby. To help make things easier you should bring along some of your baby’s favorite toys and books to help them become accustomed to the new surroundings.
One thing that many parents do not realize is that around nine-months old your baby is going to start developing their memory recall.
They are going to be able to imitate things that they have seen over a week ago, but they will also learn where things are inside your home, such as your toys. With recall memory they will be able to remember some details of a specific experience for a short time, the long lasting memory won’t come until they are around two- or three-years old.
Your baby will be learning many things through what you would consider playing. The best thing that you can do for your baby at this stage is to make sure that they have plenty of age appropriate toys to play with. This is important because your baby is going to be developing their physical, mental, emotional, and social skills through playing. By nine months old, your baby will be able to place objects inside of a container, but they will also be able to take these objects back out. Toys with plenty of moving parts are also great for this age because they can move the various things to see what does what, such as pushing toy cars across the room or turning a knob to hear a sound.
About half of all nine-month-old babies will begin to play a type of passing game. This type of play is great for your baby because it will teach them hand-eye coordination, but it will also help them learn about playing together, thus their social skills coming into play. You are going to be your baby’s first playmate, so teach her how to pass a ball back and forth by rolling it to one another; hopefully she will roll it back to you. You can also try playing with stacking toys to see if she will give you toys to stack along with her. At this age, it is important that you reinforce the sharing concept because some assertive babies might not like having to hand over a toy; they want everything for themselves. To help with taking toys away, one thing that you can do is hand your baby a new object before taking away the other object.