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Learn more about how your 9-month-old baby’s improved motor and thinking skills are contributing to a stronger sense of autonomy.

Cognitive and Motor Development

Motor development this month include picking up objects with one hand and continuing his mastery of the pincer grasp (thumb and forefinger), which began to develop last month. This improved grasp of small objects may lead him to hold a string and pull a toy.
Your baby's cognitive skills have advanced such that he solve simple problems (such retrieving a rattle or soother hidden under a blanket on his own). His improved motor and thinking skills may contribute to a stronger sense of autonomy where he clearly demonstrates what he wants (to be picked up, your attention) and what he doesn't want (diaper change, bath). If you haven't done so already, this is an ideal time to establish routines around key events such as bedtime, bath time and feeding. It will reassure your baby, and help him to begin to understand what will happen next.

Why is Nutrition Important?

Certain nutrients have greater effects on brain development than do others. These include protein, energy, DHA/ARA (Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats), iron, zinc, copper, iodine, selenium, vitamin A, choline, and folate. It is critical to provide your baby with a varied diet of nutrient-rich foods so that he may continue to reach his milestones.