9 month milestones

Renata - posted on 03/11/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I was told that by now my son should be pointing at things, responding to his name and is allowed to eat yogurt. My question is, my son does not point to things, he just picks them up. He does not respond to his name, BUT his hearing is perfect. As far as the yogurt, how can the baby have yogurt when they aren't allowed to have milk until 1 yrs old? I'm confused on that.

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Carolyn - posted on 03/13/2011

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yogurt and cheese are perfectly safe to give to a baby from about 6 months on. You want to make sure they are natural yogurts ( not something with sucralose or splenda and artificial sweetners) make sure you read the labels as some are also sweetened with honey which we are supposed to avoid. The reason this is safe to do is because in the cultural process for cheese and yogurt, the protein and lactose that can cause issues is broken down or very little remains in the finished product to be of concern for allergies or irritation. And no you dont need to stick to the stuff made for infants. Just read the labels and know what you are buying.

Logan responds to his name, but also will ignore me at times when he chooses. I know i often caught myself using nicknames and the like when addressing him, so we stopped doing that and make sure to use his name to get his attention and he became more and more aware.

Logan doesnt point. I have read that some children will not point until about 16 months ish. If noone in his environment is pointing to things it would make sense he isnt doing it.

at this age, they seem to learn alot by mimicking what is in their environment. Logan loves to imitate, so I make a point now to start waving to people and waving to him when we leave. We have always just said " goodbye". So im not worried that he isnt point or waiving quite yet since its not something he sees alot of from those around him.

oh the other thing about milk, is many people want to wean onto milk which doest not have the nutrients needed before the age of 1 that breastmilk or formula does.

You could cook with small amount of milk by now , by small i mean small, like a dash for scrambled egg yolks, or in some cookies what have you, but its not time to start giving cups of whole milk with lunch :) From what I understand the milk guideline is mainly for weaning/switching to milk as part of their liquid diet.

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Serene - posted on 03/26/2011

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My daughter is 9 months and she has been on table food for a while. She loves yougurt. I too have been working in daycare for 6 years and I have never heard of giving a child whole milk at 14 months and as for wic telling you that. I've never been told that. I was always told that when your childs first birthday they can drink whole milk.... As far as the infants in the infant room they also started drinking whole milk on there first birthday and they went straight to the toddler room. Walking or not....

Karen - posted on 03/25/2011

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my daughter is nine months old, i have been feeding her yogurts for about 3 months and they have done her no harm, trust your own instincts

Charlene - posted on 03/25/2011

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Its not really "dangerous" for them to have small amounts of cows milk. They tell us this so we dont stop feeding them formula too early. I give my daughter sips of milk quite often and she has never had any reaction. Im sure your son will start pointing to things. My daughter doesnt actually point but puts her hand in that direction. Babies get there when they get there. :)

Ashley - posted on 03/24/2011

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My daughter is just over 9 month old and she doesnt point to things at all, she responds to her name wheater or not she is in trouble or just because. I have been giving her yogurt since 7 months and havent done cheese yet, and i have tried her on whole milk, she is not to sure about it yet, she is 20 pounds 2 ounces and about 31 inches long. She is walking with a walker ( like a toy with wheels) and just about to crawl but not yet. Has 2 teeth almost 3. She is learning when she wants,

Pippa - posted on 03/24/2011

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My little one responds to his name mainly because most of the time he knows I'm telling him off for something, like most babies his age he's into everything. As for yoghurt he loves them, and cheese, he has them in small doses and doesn't suffer any ill effects, his older brother was and is the same :) to be honest you know your little one and can tell if there may be a problem, I would just enjoy playing with your little one and encourage slowly always works they'll do everything when they are ready :)

Codie - posted on 03/21/2011

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i live in indiana and we have this amazing program called Healthy Families. A woman comes to your home once a week to check in on you and your baby. discuss things like your health and the health of your baby. they do milestone checks called denvers. there was one at 1month, 3 months, and 6 months, but there isn't another one until 12 months bc after 6 months babies really vary as far as when they hit milestones. my baby does respond to his name though like others have said he thinks its funny to ignore people haha. he doesn't point or wave and isn't crawling. its like he refuses to crawl bc he go everywhere by scooting. some babies are talking a little and walking by now even. but they don't have to crawl til 12 months, walk until 15 months, or talk until 2 years.
so don't worry about his milestones, he's just fine :)

Morgan - posted on 03/19/2011

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Well, as far as pointing--my son just turned 9 months and he "points" but mostly just at things he is interested in and then we tell him what it is. He responds to his name ONLY if he's not busy and really too interested in what he's doing to bother answering! As far as yogurt, cheese, etc--they make baby yogurt (YoBaby yogurt or Gerber makes baby yogurt too) that is specially for babies. You can give them regular yogurt if you make sure that it's not made with "nonfat" milk. As far as cheese, I think the logic there is that there's enough fat in the cheese from milk and other things in there that it doesn't matter what kind of milk it was made with. And the thinking behind no cow's milk I would say is to make sure babies still get breast milk or formula for the nutrients provided there instead of in regular milk. At least that's what I've been going by!

Nicole - posted on 03/19/2011

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Hi Renata
14 months to switch to whole milk, thats crazy, I have never heard that, unless parents preference. I worked in a daycare setting for over 15 years with infants and by 14 months we start to transition the babies if not already to a sippy cup so at 15 months they are ready to move on to the toddler room. Most babies are on whole milk by a year and starting to use a sippy cup more with meals. I sarted my son on a sippy cup at 4 months old, he played with it but its all about experimenting, now my son will hold it by himself and drink a few sips of water from it, Next month I plan on adding a little bit of whole milk to gradually start getting him to used to it, i don't want to switch completly just gradually. As for pointing and recognizing his name, some do this some don't, don't be worried, babies this age like to play games silly babies. My baby loves to clap his hands when i sing happy and you know it, its too cute. He can't stand to be on his belly, getting better though and wants to crawl, thats another thing from when i used to work in daycare, some babies didn't crawl until 11 months some not at all. It sounds like our babies weigh almost the same mine is 22 pounds 27.5 inches long. Nice sharing info with you.

Renata - posted on 03/18/2011

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Hi Nicole:

My son's doc and WIC says that he's not to get yogurts or cheese til he's 10 months as for the cow's milk he should be @ least 14 months. He sent me home with a milestone chart and a list of do's and don'ts. My son is probably 22 lbs and 31 in in length, Last time we went for hsi check up he was 20 lbs. That's why it confuses me to see in other blogs and websites that other kids are getting these thing so young.

As for the pointing thing, again, all of these doc's standards for milestones say that my son should be doing, things drives me bonkers. When he was younger I think like 4-6 months, he responded to his name, but now he iggs me, lol...

Nicole - posted on 03/18/2011

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I took my son for his 9 month well check and his pediatrician said it was alright to switch him to whole milk. I thought at a year you were to switch. I guess all pediatrician's are different. My son is 22 pounds and 27 1/2 in. he drinks 4 6 oz bottles a day and eats cereal with 2 oz. formula at 9 am. he eats a jar of meat w/ veggie or fruit around 130-2......around 5-6 pm eats fruit or veggie jar or yobaby yogurt......puffs and water in between, he gets his bottles at 8, noon, 4 and 8 sleeps through the night around 830-9 until 7-8 am. he is a very happy baby boy. Remember all babies grow at their own pace.

Emma - posted on 03/17/2011

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My dd is 9mo she doesnt.eat yoghurt or cheese.just about to start to.introduce cheese but she had pretty bad.cows milk allergies at the begining but.seems.fine.now she.is.bf but.i.use.cowsmilk in cooking.eg baking n mash potato. Without a problem from what i understand.they shouldnt be.weaned.to cowmilk.as.their.main source of.milk however.its ok to.have in small.amounts.
My dd does.point at everything if.she.wants a.drink.she will point at it her food a bird.anything she.can.see.n wants she. Also answer her.name.n sinple.instructions.like 'no' 'come here' n 'ta'. She had.always.been very alert which isnt.always.a good.thing.i only had.a.baby baby for.a.few.weeks n i miss that. I know they grow fast no.matter.what but.when ur.baby can sit their.n.hold.their head up the day they r born roll at at few.weeks n call before they should be be able to roll u kinds feel robbed dont stress every bub develops at their own speed treasure every moment i wish it had gone.a.lil slower lol xx

Nicole - posted on 03/17/2011

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from 7 months i gave my son yoghurt and cheese, there are no rules to say that they cant have them, its a personal thing so if u dont want to give, or dont think they are ready, thats fine. i just experiment with things and try a little bit, the main thing is to watch out for allergies but u will never know if they are allergic if they dont try it, its just about experimentation. As for pointing, my son doesnt, he doesnt clap and only occasionally wave. but he dances and gives cuddles if you ask and other things like that, it might just be his personality :)

Wolfmama - posted on 03/15/2011

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Milestones are attained at different rates, I wouldn't be too worried about that. As for yogurt, it is metabolized differently than other dairy products because of the bacteria present. You can try offering him some probiotic yogurt and see if he reacts to it (rashes, diarrhea,etc ) and if he doesn't then he should be fine. My son is almost 9 months and he loves yogurt but cannot tolerate other dairy products at all.

Leah - posted on 03/15/2011

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my boy is a little over 9 months, he loves yogurt of any kind, doesnt point at things and only occasionally will respond to his name.
I get annoyed at people that tell me he SHOULD, be doing this and SHOULD be doing that, well he will do it when he is good and ready!
if you are worried about the yogurt the is baby yogurt at some supermarkets, apparently suppose to be less harsh on their stomachs

Alyssa - posted on 03/14/2011

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my boy is 8 and a half months and he absolutely loves yoghurt of any kind and it doesnt seem to have any negative affect on him

Melissa - posted on 03/13/2011

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Renata,
it is because yogurt is a live bacteria that is good for your body, yes it has dairy, but cow's milk has something in that babys body's are not ready for til 1 yr, some babies can not even handle regular milk at one year... so just be careful and make sure that you dont give him milk to early... they tell you not cause it can cause your baby to become lactose intolerant... also it takes some babies time to respond to their own name... give it time... good luck!

Kelly - posted on 03/13/2011

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There are youghats out there for under 1yrs so look for them... my son loves them.
For the rest of it... my son isnt pointing yet but hes getting close to waving - all kids are different so i would worry and as to responding to his name.
My sons hearing is great too bt doesnt always respond when called - just keep using his name to call him and all will be ok : )

Tina - posted on 03/12/2011

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i think in small doses or as part of a meal they're aloud to have milk and other dairy but it's prefered they have breast milk or formula as there main feed because it has all the iron and nutriants they need and too much dairy at a young age can be harmful because it's high in protein and contain sodium which can be too much for their kidneys to handle. If he can hear fine and doesn't respond to his name doesn't necessarily mean there's anything wrong my son responds to his name but at times he can just choose not to take notice. And if he picks things up there's nothing wrong every child develops different some things just don't pick up Later on he'll be wanting to point at things and he'll be told not too. People will tell you what kids should be doing but fact is every kid is different I wouldn't worry too much unless it's too serious.

Chrissy - posted on 03/11/2011

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my son is nine months and he doesnt point to things either, he does answer to his name has done since about 6 1/2 months old, although he doesnt look at me all the time anymore he chooses to ignore me sometimes gggrrrr!!!!!! i give him baby yoghurt every now and then just to help him get ready for cows milk after he is one, have tried him with cheese and baby custard too he has been a very good eater and i started him on solids at 4 months old and havent had any probs with his bowel movements so i dont see a prob with giving them abit if your comfortable with that and your baby can digest it without it making them sick then it should be ok.

on the other hand i did the same thing with my daughter 16 years ago and i had nothing but problems and had to end up putting her on soy milk she was lactose intolerent but grew out of it by the time she was going to school back then they didnt have formula products for children beyond one year old but now they have such a range of formula milk for kids over one year old so that could be an option too inseadt of cows milk straight away and then you can introduce full cows milk products slowly so there little tummys can handle it

i hope that helps :)

Taylor - posted on 03/11/2011

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I'm a little confused as well about the yogurt (and cheese). Why is it ok for them to have this if it's dangrous to give them cow milk at all?

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