Infant & Toddler, Partners & Parents

6 to 9 Months – What to Expect

Being a father couldn’t come more naturally to you. You are at the next stage.

We at Daddy’s Digest have put together an overview of the next three months. Here is what to expect.

Feeding (Breast or Formula Milk)

6 to 9 months old babies drink 7-8 ounces of milk over the course of about 4 bottles.

They also begin eating solid foods 2-3 times per day. Consult your doctor for more details on the introduction of solids.

Sleep

Similar to the few months before, from 6 to 9 months, your baby will need 3 naps per day ranging from 1-2 hours per nap. They should go down for the night between 8 pm and 10 pm and sleep for 9-12 hours per night. Total daily hours of sleep should be between 12-14 hours.

Growth

Baby boys and baby girls grow at different paces. According to the World Health Organization, at the end of month nine, expect:

Your baby girl to be about 70 CMS long, weight 8.2 KGS and have a head circumference measurement of 44 CMS.

Your baby boy to be about 72 CMS long, weight 9 KGS and have a head circumference measurement of 45 CMS.

Developmental Milestones

According to the CDC, by 9 months, your baby should be able to:

  • Watches the path of something as it falls.
  • Plays peek-a-boo.
  • Put things in the mouth.
  • Moves things smoothly from one hand to another.
  • Sits without support.
  • Crawls.
  • Makes a lot of different sounds.
  • May be clingy of familiar adults and afraid of strangers.
  • Has favorite toys.
  • Understands “no”.

If you are looking for guidance on Helping Your Baby's Growth & Development or for more information on First Year Baby Development Concerns.

Remember that all babies are different, and the information presented here is based on approximates and ideals. Always consult with a qualified medical professional or childcare expert when taking important decisions regarding your child and their health.


Impress your partner with key facts, take better co-parenting decisions and be 'in the know'. Visit our Partners & Parents resource center for more.

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