9 Month Visit Bright Futures Handout edited by Mark Simonian MD

Your Baby and Family
1. Tell your baby in a nice way what to do like "Time to Eat," rather than what not to do
2. Be consistent
3. At this stage, you can change what your baby is doing like offering something else like a favorite toy
4. Do things the way you would like your baby to do them. You are your baby's role model
5. Make your home and your yard safe so that you don't have to say no as often
6. Use No only when your baby is going to get hurt or hurt others
7. Take time yourself and your spouse
8. Keep in touch with family and friends
9. Consider joining a parent group
10. Use mature, trustworthy babysitters

Feeding Your Bay
1. Be patient with your baby as he or she learns to eat without help
2. Being messy is normal
3. Give 3 meals and 2 to 3 snacks a day
4. Give more table foods
5. Give  healthy foods
6. Do not give your baby soft drinks, tea or coffee
7. Do not force the baby to eat
8. Babies may say no to food 1- 12 times before they try it
9. Baby may drink from a sippy cup
10. Continue to breast or bottle feed the baby up to one year
11. Avoid foods that are associated with allergies like peanuts, street nuts, sea food or shell fish

Your Changing and Developing Baby
1. Keep daily routine for the baby
2. Make the hour before bedtime calm
3. Check on but do not pick up on baby if he or she wakes at night
4. Watch over the baby as he or she explores the home and yard
5. Crying is normal when you leave; be calm
6. Give the baby toys like balls, things that roll, blocks and container to play
7. Avoid the TV, videos and and computers
8. Show and tell your baby in simple words what you want him or her to do
9. Avoid scaring or yelling at the baby
10. Help your baby when he or she needs it
11. Talk, sing and read daily

Safety
1. Use a rear facing seat in the back seat in all vehicles even for very short trips
2. Have the safety seat rear facing until 2 years of age
3. Empty buckets, pools, and tubs right after you use them, provide protective barriers to pool hazards
4. Place gates on stirs; baby walkers may turn over and cause fall like injuries
5. Do not leave heavy or hot things on tablecloths that our baby may turn over
6. Never leave your baby near or around water, in a bath ring or seat. Be within arms reach at all times
7. Keeps poisons, medications and chemicals locked up and out of reach of baby
8. If you have a gun store it in a locked container and ammunition  separately
9. Keep your baby in a high cahir or playpen when in the kitchen

What to Expect at the 12 month Visit
1. Setting rules and limits
2. Creating a calm bedtime routine
3. Feeding your child
4. Supervising your child
5. Care of teeth

Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
Child Safety Seat Inspection: 1-866-SEATCHECK; www.seatcheck.org