At nine months of age your baby is constantly on the move, busy discovering the world around them. It has been three months since their last well-baby visit, and your baby has really grown since the last visit. So what can you expect to happen at your baby’s nine-month well-baby visit?
For one thing your baby is more active now than in the past, and this visit may prove to be just a bit more challenging than past visits. As in the past your baby will be weighed and measured, with the measurements being documented on their growth chart. It has been three months since the last time they were weighed and measured so you can expect to see a change in their growth chart. They will also be checking your baby’s hearing and eyesight as they have before. Although your baby is not scheduled to receive any routine vaccinations at the nine-month well-baby visit, if they have missed any vaccinations the doctor will more than likely give them during this visit.
Since your baby is on the move so much the doctor will more than likely talk to you about childproofing your home, as well as give you information on the Poison Control Center, a good number to keep close at hand with a growing child. Your baby’s doctor will probably also ask if your house was built before 1972, and if it was if you have had it tested for lead.
Some of the questions your doctor may ask at this visit are:
How is your baby sleeping? Most nine months old will sleep an average of eleven hours at night, and three hours during the day, but sleep problems can be common at this age, with your baby waking up several times throughout the night not wanting to go back to sleep. It is helpful if you keep a journal of your baby’s sleeping patterns for three to five days before your visit so that you can share this with your doctor.
Is your baby crawling? By now your baby should be crawling, or using some other method for moving around such as scooting, or slithering. Some babies may also be starting to pull themselves up at this age, if your baby hasn’t done so yet, it will be soon.
How and what is your baby eating? Be prepared to give your doctor a daily meal plan for your baby. The doctor wants to know what your baby is eating and drinking, as well as how much. Your baby may be eating finger foods and drinking from a cup by now, so be sure to tell the doctor how that is going. If you are a vegetarian or your family has special eating issues advise the doctor of this at this time, so that the doctor can determine if your child will need any special vitamins to supplement their diet.
Has your baby had any recent illnesses, medications, or emergencies? If your child has visited another medical provider or emergency room since your last visit, bring your baby’s records with you, as well as any medications that may have been prescribed.
Is your baby talking yet? Your baby should be making word-like jabbering by now, and might even be seeing “mama” and “dada”.
How does your baby react around strangers, are they anxious? Separation anxiety and stranger anxiety are common at this age.
If you have any concerns or questions you want to discuss with the doctor it is helpful if you write them down before your visit. This will help you to remember them on the day of your visit.