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

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Your baby points at things.

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Your 9-month-old’s vocabulary is definitely a work in progress, but he/she is communicating in other fascinating ways. Rather than always defaulting to wailing when he/she wants something, your baby should start pointing at things around this age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pointing is a cognitive and language/communication milestone. Yes, there will still be tears, but they will be interspersed between frantic pointing. Sometimes, your little one will be keen to point at things for no apparent reason other than to just point because he/she can. Take it in and enjoy it. And watch out for the flailing index finger.

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