9 Month Old Baby Development: Word Comprehension
Never mind that your baby is the cutest kid to ever crawl the planet, she doesn't have the slightest idea of how gorgeous she is yet. In fact, your modest kid is still the farthest thing from vain—and she's just starting to recognize herself as that reflection in the mirror (i.e., "Hold the phone—that's me!"). And to think, in a mere 14 years, you'll be fighting her over face time in that very same mirror.
What You're Thinking: "Yes, it's you—you gorgeous baby, you!"
- Long before your baby can speak, she is developing her dictionary of words. She understands lots more than she can say. (And sometimes, you may be glad she can't say what she's thinking just yet! She can save the "I don't like peas!" shouts for later, thanksverymuch.)
- Become a walking dictionary for your baby by naming everything when you talk to him. Rather than just pointing, say, "Give me the cup" or "Look at the pretty bird" or "This is a double, half-skim, no-whip, caramel latte."
- Use bath time as an anatomy and vocabulary lesson by playing baby games. Sing, "This is the way we wash our ears (nose, tummy, feet, etc.)," to teach her the names of the parts of the body. Who knows, it might even distract her from screaming when you get to the "this is the way we rinse our hair" part.
- You've started to eat the food your baby drops. (It is calorie-free, right?)
- You realize napping is the universal bonding topic for parents.
- You don't understand parents who wake up at five so they can have time to themselves before their kids wake up. (Who would get up if they didn't have to?)
- You said "night-night" to your partner before rolling over to your side.
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All babies grow and develop at different rates. So please don't compare your kid with so-and-so's baby from across the street—you'll just drive yourself nuts. If you have any concerns, bring them up with your pediatrician at your baby's next checkup.