Have you seen the trend on Reels/TikTok where it’s like that Italian music overlaid over “things that just make sense” for certain situations? I’ve been thinking about that a lot as James hit this 9 month milestone – because he is SO busy and he does so many things that are simultaneously hilarious, sometimes dangerous or frustrating, and very typical of a moving/curious baby. So a little different than my usual monthly posts but I’m gonna cover some of the things you have to look forward to as your baby starts exploring the world a little bit more. There will be sarcasm. And a very brief monthly update at the end! As we are still in the 7-9 month window for development, please refer to my previous two posts for the developmental milestones lists and below for our brief 9 month update on that front.
Disclaimer: this blog is for informational purposes only. This is not medical advice nor should it be interpreted as such. Please contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Things That My 9 Month Old Does That *Just Make Sense*
Eat Random Things Off the Floor
I posted on Tiktok recently a video of James eating a leaf outside (which I of course, promptly took away). But he is so darn sneaky lately. If he sees ANY small item on the ground – in the house or outside, it immediately goes to his mouth. It reminds me of the days of having a curious puppy! I remember having to open my dogs mouth and fish things out when she was younger (and still sometimes now at the ripe age of 8), and this is very reminiscent of that.
It means I not only have to vacuum daily to rid the floor of dog hair and any other loose objects that get brought into the home by my toddler, but I have to keep a literal CONSTANT eye on him so he doesn’t eat hair, leaves, paper, or other small particles.
Do you think your baby may have eaten something small they shouldn’t have? Check out this post from the American Family Physician Journal, and contact your Healthcare Provider if you are concerned about smaller objects. If you child swallowed a larger or sharp object (or a button battery!) you should see your doctor within 24 hours or head to emerge/call an ambulance if they’re displaying any concerning symptoms (vomiting, excessive drooling, loss of appetite, stomach pain, any signs of airway obstruction ASAP).
He is Attracted to Danger
This is a danger child, I swear. I never remember Maggie being so interested in cords and outlets – thank goodness we have outlet covers!
I literally have to unplug things during the day because he finds cords I never knew existed and finds ways to get to them.
We hide all our power bars, but if you have any out Safety 1st makes these really cool power strip covers.
We’ve also safety-proofed cords in our home by blocking them with furniture, using outlet covers paired with a cord shortener, attached cords to walls using cable management (you can also run these under carpets) and covering cords with something like these cord covers – which are also great for pets if you have ones that chew things like that.
Baby proofing the home is something that we can do in advance of baby’s arrival, but sometimes you also don’t realize hazards till you see baby explore a bit more – just be vigilant and step in to make those changes ASAP. Don’t leave baby unattended!
… He is Also a Mountain Climber
James also loves trying to climb right now – he can safely use our Lily & River Rocker (my code: KATEONTHEBLOG) to climb with supervision, but he will try and climb things like our stairs, any stools or chairs, etc. Anything he can potentially get onto he will try to climb basically. He has now mastered getting up Maggie’s stool and onto her bed… he can also go up a full flight of stairs (with supervision).
Baby gates have been re-installed in our home to prevent downwards stair adventures and we have a removable/click-in one for the bottom of the stairs on the main floor. We recently purchased this Regalo one for the basement stairs – it is a really good price (under 60$) and works well- but it only swings one way so that if that is problematic, there are options that swing both ways too! Our one upstairs is a Summer one and it swings both ways – and guess what, it’s also under 60$!
He Always Has A Bruise Somewhere
NOT because of anything we do or don’t do (and same for you!) – but simply because as baby’s learn to explore the world, they are still a bit clumsy and these things happen. I try to make our space as safe as possible for James though, so that it minimizes any danger or accidents he can get into.
I wrote recently about our play mat, which is a great option to soften the floor James plays on in case he falls over – unfortunately it can’t be spread out over our entire house! Following the other safety recommendations above is also helpful. You can also anticipate what might become problematic as your child grows – for example, James recently learned how to open doors which is a hazard for little fingers. We have a few variations of cabinet clips or locks in different areas to prevent this – some are latches like this and others are similar to this style. Gosh – I should probably start a Storefront page with all these recommendations (add this to do to do list, Alexa!).
He’s Mischevious (or just curious)!
To summarize all of the above – James is exploring and learning about the world around him and I can’t prevent him tumbling over from time to time, but there is a lot of things I can anticipate and make safer for him. I covered a few tips for increasing safety to prevent these risks above, but there are a few I didn’t get to touch on.
Other areas of risk include:
- Potential suffocation and strangulation risks like blind cords – read some safety tips from the Government of Canada here
- Anything that could be a choking risk, common culprits are: button batteries (an emergency trip is needed asap as button batteries react with saliva and let off an electrical current – read more here!) and small magnets; plastic bags; latex balloons and other small objects
- Burns – from hot mugs, pulling table clothes with hot food down, faucets and bath tub water, microwave heating of breastmilk or formula, stoves and fireplaces (use fire-safe barriers)
- Poisoning – store your medications (incl. cannabis) safely out of reach and also any cleaning or corrosive materials; raise pet food and water up when the pet is not eating; do not buy poisonous houseplants or have them elevated
- Drowning – always supervise your children in the bath tub – it does not take much water to drown.
Other general tips include using door locks in areas where a door may lead to a risk or danger and anchoring furniture, televisions and mirrors to the wall (this is a big one!). CPS also advises being careful with recliner chairs, like the one you might have in your nursery, and keep the footrest closed when not in use. Additionally, teach any older children (and remind yourself) to carefully open doors in case little fingers are nearby – this also goes for draws on dressers and doors on cabinets!
Brief 9 Month Update
James is now almost ten months, so I’ve procrastinated a bit on this – I will provide a full 10 month update after we hit that milestone, but in terms of development he has hit all his goals. He is about 20 lbs now, eating solids like a pro (often more than our toddler), and taking usually two good naps a day. Night time sleep still has its ups and downs for us based on what is going on in his life (teething, sickness, etc) but it has shown improvements too. James has 6 teeth now (4 top, 2 bottom) and he can push his walker around pretty well! He is able to stand independently for a few seconds.
This past month his personality is just shining right through – he is very funny and he thinks so too! He “talks” a lot more, and he said dada for the first time last week – so now he can say both mama and dada. He loves his sister (most of the time), his pets, and eating. He dislikes jackets, diaper changes and having his nose wiped when it’s runny!