The nine month check-up
What to expect at the clinic or doctor’s office.

When your baby goes for his vaccinations at nine months, it’s a good opportunity for an overall health check too. These are the milestones the doctor looks out for. 

Physical development

  • The weight will be plotted on the growth chart.
  • The head circumference is also plotted.
  • The height will be measured.
  • The baby’s general appearance will be examined for an unusual signs.

Gross and fine motor control

  • The baby should typically sit for a minute without support and be able to use hands to hold a toy.
  • The limbs on both sides should move the same.
  • Arms and legs will be checked for unusual floppiness or stiffness.
  • He should be able to hold a bottle to drink from.

Language hearing and vision

  • Your baby will probably be making clear and separate sounds.
  • He’ll turn when you call his name.
  • The doctor will check that your baby follows and object with his eyes, and if there is any sign of a squint.

Social development

  • Most babies of this age will hesitate to be handed over to a complete stranger, as they become more aware of who is familiar.
  • The doctor will look at the relationship between you and your child to see if you are coping okay. 

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