My Baby – Week 39

By week 39, your baby may be able to stand alone without any support (even if only for a moment), drink from a cup, play some simple games like peek-a-boo, or roll a ball back and forth to you while they are in a seated position.

Security Blankets and Toys

Around the same age that many infants start asserting their independence, it may seem that they start becoming dependent on certain objects, like blankets or stuffed animals. And if you think about it, the timing makes perfect sense! It is right around this age when your infant is realizing that they are an individual, and that you won't always be there to comfort them, that they turn to some external object to provide comfort in scary situations, like bedtime or during their time with a babysitter.

It's important not to tease your child about this object, or pressure him to give it up. Remember, this is a normal developmental phase that many infants pass through, and they won't need this security object forever. You should however, be careful that your child is not using a sippy cup or bottle full of juice as a security object. Having a constant supply of juice will not only ruin his appetite, it will also cause early tooth-decay. Tooth-decay in baby teeth can not only be painful, but it can cause a host of problems in permanent teeth. If you just can't get the sippy cup out of his hand, it is best to fill it with water and not sugary juice.

Eating at the Grown-Ups' Table

By nine months, you may want to start sitting your infant at the table with you at mealtime. It may be too stressful for you feed her the entire meal while you eat, but you should consider it an important part of your child's socialization. Set her up in the high-chair with a few healthy snacks, so that she can feed herself while you enjoy your dinner. Try including her in on the dinner conversation! If dinner time is the only time you and your partner have together, and including your infant only makes your blood-pressure rise, save dinner time for the adults. Having some time just for you and your partner to decompress is extremely important, especially now that you have a mobile nine-month-old getting into everything! Maybe in a couple of weeks you can revisit eating dinner with your infant.

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  1. Angela says:

    My son turned 9 months on the 20th of this month. So far, he army crawls, pulls himself up on everything he can, and tries to walk. I don’t think he really wants to crawl, he just wants to walk. He doesn’t mind me laying him down, and he likes to be left alone most of the time. He does have favorite toys, but he doesn’t seem attached to them. He eats at the table with us, that was one thing we both agreed on quickly. If he can have dinner when we do, we will feed him when we eat. If he eats earlier, then we just give him some toys to play with in his high chair. He only has one tooth so far, but three more will be coming soon, his doctor said. He babbles a lot. Says Mama and Dada. Also has said hi a few times. He shakes his head no, and blows bubbles constantly lol.

    Overall, his doctor said he is doing very well. He’s hitting all of his milestones. I worried about the crawling thing, but his doctor said that’s normal. Some babies do that until they figure out how to walk and they never do crawl in a normal fashion. He keeps me on my toes, he chases the dog, and I’m exhausted. The love this kid brings is more than I ever imagined though!!

  2. Jessica says:

    Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks getting rid of baby clothes is a bad idea when you’re planning on having more children.

  3. Lacey says:

    I am a stay at home mom with 4 children. The youngest being my 9 month old. He sits, stands, crawls, scoots, says mama, dada, and bye bye also waves. None of my children have had a dependency on blankets or toys. After my first divorce my oldest daughter kind of became dependent on her sippy cup for about a year. Man that was the worst decision to give in and let her have it. She has horrible baby teeth problems and is 9 and getting her first set of braces. 🙁 I refuse to let them walk around with nooks in their mouths as well. Only nap time and bed time. My kids had interest in them for first year never touched them after. My stepson is a whole other issue. He is going to be 5yr old next month and his mother still gives him a sippy full of milk and a blankie to carry around. We meet her and she takes it away because we refuse to take it with us and then he cries until he vomits. We leave and 10 minutes later he forgets about it and never asks for it for the whole week. I’m fearful for what kindergarten is going to be like for him. She refused to put him in Headstart because it conflicts with her schedule.

  4. mommy nhoj says:

    Husband and I would only have dinner as meal together. But I would insist that he starts on eating while I am feeding this little one. The little one seems to want to be on the table socializing whenever her two parents are around. I go hungry sometimes but I think that’s one little of the many sacrifices parents are willing to endure for our children. :p

  5. KatRobert says:

    My son says mama, dada, bubba, stands, waves, kisses, cruises, crawls, sits on his own, kneels, dances, has 4 teeth, feeds himself, knows how to work all his toys, climbs stuff. He’s so smart 🙂

  6. Grace says:

    IF he is old enough to play sit on his level and play with him

  7. Cheri says:

    Me too! I can’t seem to get anything done! I have to follow her around or she screams and follows me, climbs up my legs and begs to be carried. Naps and bedtime are the worst. She just can’t be away from me. Guess I should enjoy this phase…soon enough she’ll want to be on her own!

  8. kidsrmylife says:

    I wish I knew! Your not alone, I can’t even put him down to sleep. The second I lay him down his eyes pop open. I love him to pieces, but this mommy needs a break!

  9. Marion says:

    What do you do when you are the security blanket? He screams if I put him down. Carrying him all the time is really hurting my back

  10. melissa says:

    uhmmm.my baby doesnt really say no words like mamma or play peek-a-boo.but ill be pattion

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