My Baby – Week 38

By week 38, your baby may begin to attempt standing on her own, even if just for a few seconds! The practice she has been getting in while cruising and pulling up have strengthened the muscles in her legs and have given her the confidence to try to let go and take a risk!

Some infants may still be a little weary of standing alone or pulling up. If your little one begins to cry for you after pulling up, or in the middle of a cruising session, don't worry. Newborns are probably just unsure of how to safely get down from the standing position. They may need a little help for a while. Just gently place them down on their bottom and keep in mind that they will be growing out of this phase shortly!

Social Development

While your child's physical development may be very obvious to spot, signs of her social development may be more subtle. Of course there are the obvious flirtations and interactions with strangers in line at the grocery store, or repeating certain acts or tricks if family members applaud.

In addition to performing for others to win praise, your nine-month-old is probably also developing some empathy for those around him. Have you noticed whether or not he cries when he hears another child cry? This is a great demonstration of his sensitivity to others' emotions.

He may also be learning how to comfort himself when he feels anxious or tired. You may notice that he repeatedly chooses a special toy or blanket to sleep with or hold whenever he feels those emotions.

Toys

Now that your infant is more and more interested in her environment, you may want to make sure she has toys that stimulate her intellect. Stuffed animals are great, but you may want to try to pick up an activities mat with moving parts for her to play with. Blocks are also a great toy for learning about the environment and of course, anything that makes noise is sure to be a hit. Many toy stores carry instruments specifically made for this age group, like little plastic drums, keyboards and even little xylophones!

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My Baby – Week 38

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  1. Valeria says:

    My baby bot is turning 9 months in two weeks hes already crawling and looks he wants to start walking, hes also trying to talk lol hes very very active but hes lazy at the same time like he wont hold his bottle eventhogu he knows how to do it, and he wants to sleep in top of grandma all the time 🙁
    he’s eating very well but during the day he rather eat that have milk which i’m having a concern with that??? any suggestions on that?

  2. Erika says:

    My daughter will be 9 months on the 15th of this month, and she hasn’t even fully got into crawling yet. Does this mean she’s behind then? I can hold her up but if i even try to let go she would fall. She’s gotten crawling backwards down pat, but she really hasn’t learned how to go forward just yet, anyone else go through this?

    • Carrie says:

      Hi Erika,

      My daughter didn’t want anything to do with crawling for a long time! She was almost 8 months by the time she started but she has been pulling herself up on things and walking along things since about 7 months so I think she could have crawled if she wanted to sooner. She saw all of us walking and wanted to do that instead so every time I would try to put her in the crawling position she would put her feet down first lol my two older kids (15&9) decided what the heck let’s crawl around for a bit one day (we looked ridiculous but it was funny!). We put her down and just crawled around with her for a while and she saw us all doing it so she was more interested in doing it too! I’d say after a couple of days of us crawling around with her for a bit she got the hang of it and now she unstoppable and in to everything!!! Lol best of luck she will get the hang of it really soon!

    • Theresa says:

      my doctor says to not worry about it, I am having the same problem with my son. I just put him on the floor every day after meals and let him do his thing. They will do it when they are ready.

    • Megan Klay says:

      Hi Erika – This post has some great info on crawling which you’ll likely find helpful: http://www.everydayfamily.com/going-mobile-the-facts-about-babies-and-crawling/.

  3. TyTy says:

    Hes so much fun right now. Makes me very nervous when he wobbles…..

  4. shezywicke says:

    My little 38 week old is also standing up for a few seconds. She has taken a step or two, but is still scared. Learning so different from my other 2 children which were boys. She seems so much more alert and seems to attain more information than my boys wanted to do at this age. Girls are smarter I think and seem to learn quicker than my boys. Also she is starting to feed herself as well. Finally found where the food is supposed to go when I give her cheerios or a cracker. Her name is Mila, which means loved by the people, and that for itself is true. Everyone she is around loves her and she loves them as well. She gets excited to see others she knows in the family. Bedtime is getting better. Sleeping all night for the mostpart, except for the occasional bottle in the wee hours.

  5. Janice says:

    Cameron got baby appropriate toy’s for Christmas. The toys that he got were for is coming age and current age. I thought that was a good Ideal.

  6. My 9 month old daughter has been pulling herself up for a little while now. She has let go of whatever she is holding onto for a few seconds, but shows no sign of walking on her own yet. My boys, who are now 17 and 19 yrs old, walked at 9 and 9 and 1/2 months. Just shows that every baby is different. My boys also never crawled much, they just went straight into walking. My daughter however, is crawling. She absolutely loves other children of any age. She seems mesmerized by them. She gets all excited. It’s very cute. But the crying thing, not yet.

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