|General:The developmental goal starting at about age 9 months is the development of autonomy (the ability to govern one’s own behavior) and independence. Continued improvement in motor skills facilitates her independence especially in areas of feeding and mobility.Height____________ Weight____________General: The developmental goal starting at about age 9 months is the development of autonomy (the ability to govern one’s own behavior) and independence. Continued improvement in motor skills facilitates her independence especially in areas of feeding and mobility. You may see the arrival of autonomy heralded by pendulum-like swings between dependence and independence – one minute your baby insists on doing things herself and the next minute she wishes to be held or have things done for her. This is also a time of great frustration as your child attempts to master the skills of crawling, walking, and feeding herself. It is relatively common to see temper tantrums begin toward the end of the first year of life.
Parenting: Your baby’s emerging independent behavior is part of normal development. Now is the time when discipline begins. Discipline is the teaching of rules and setting of limits in a consistent and loving way. Discipline should not be confused with punishment. Set limits for your baby, give verbal instructions “no, don’t touch that”, and remove her from potential dangers. Remember that tantrums are your baby’s way of expressing her frustration – because your baby cannot verbalize her frustration or anger, she must act it out. This is a normal part of development and your baby needs your help rather than your anger or punishment to overcome these feelings. Offer her words to describe the situation, “you are angry because you can’t have that toy,” and attempt to distract her, “would you like to read this book with me instead?”
Play: Continue reading to your baby and showing picture books while providing words to describe the pictures. Social games including “bye-bye”, “so big”, patty cake and peek-a-boo are great fun. Babies at this age love rhythm – dance and sing with your infant. Babies also enjoy busy boxes and stacking toys at this age.
Next visit is at 12 months of age.