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9-Month-Old’s Developmental Milestones: A Complete Guide

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Your little guy/girl imitates some gestures and sounds of others.

Mother and her baby with tongue sticking out

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Someone clearly wants to be like mama and dada — or that interesting dog from across the street. At this age, your baby is becoming more and more aware of his/her surroundings. On top of that, he/she is being inspired to copy things that pique his/her interest, says the CDC. Some parents will probably chuckle that the things that are copied are never the great points. (Why is it always swear words or awkward reactions to stubbing a toe?) Gestures are common things for little ones to try to perform themselves. Words are a bit early, but your tot might attempt some. Sounds are always popular to experiment with from planes to cars to animals. You can encourage your baby with a sound game.

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