Your 9-month-old child is growing right before your eyes, and in a few short months he will celebrate his first birthday. Though he's still so small, he may already be showing interest in playing with toys. Babies at this age are using their hands more and trying to pick up small objects with the thumb and finger -- the so-called pincer grasp -- according to the article "6 – 12 Months – Baby on the Move" by Dr. William Sears. Encourage your baby's development with the best age-appropriate toys for him.
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Toys that will encourage him to press something will be fascinating to a 9-month-old, as he is already beginning to understand the concept of cause and effect. When he presses on the toy, it will react to his actions by lighting up or making sounds. Consider buying him toy musical instruments, such as a xylophone or drum set. He can use the accompanying stick to hit the toy and make beats. Babies will be intrigued by the sounds they make on the toys, according to Dr. Sears. Buy him an interactive toy car or truck that honks and has blinking lights. Or give him a toy telephone to push the buttons and hear noises through the receiver.
Sorting and Stacking
Experimenting with toys that allow him to stack or sort will be beneficial for his physical coordination development. For stacking practice, give him a set of large wooden blocks. Let him grasp the blocks in his hands and attempt to stack a few at a time and knock them over. Buy colorful stacking cups as an alternative to blocks. For sorting practice, give him a shape sorter set for a bit of a challenge. He will maneuver different shapes around the set in order to place them in the matching spot. Watch him as he learns that a star shape won't fit into a circle's place.
By nine months, your baby may be making his way around the living room by cruising, which is walking while holding onto furniture. Toys that encourage him to push or pull will enhance his walking abilities. Walker toys that can be held or pushed are ideal for this age, says Dr. Sears. Buy your baby a walker wagon or cart. A pull string toy with wheels is another option allowing him to pull a string and gives him a grip to hold onto to practice walking. Several of these string toys are available in a wide selection of animal designs that will enable him to pull along a creature as he walks.
Your 9-month-old may be babbling words and in a few short months he will actually be speaking them. Introduce him to the world of words with starter books. Cloth baby books, such as "Fluffy Chick and Friends" by Roger Priddy, will offer textures for him to feel and flaps for him to open as you read to him. Point together at the pictures and make the sounds of the animals in the story. Additionally, buy him an interactive stuffed toy that talks. He can press the teddy bear or doll's hands or feet to hear it say phrases and then mimic them with his mouth.