Milestones for Babies by the End of 9 months

Milestones for babies and Infants by the end of 9 months: 

Consider discussing with your child’s physician if one or more of the following are observed:

qSeems stiff, with tight muscles
qSeems floppy, with limp muscles
qLack of head control (unable to keep head up)
qHead flops back when pulled to sitting position
qOne or both eyes turn in or out often
qDoes not smile
qDoes not sit with support by 6 months
qDoes not laugh or squeal by 6 months
qLack of differentiated cry (crying differently for hunger, comfort, diaper change etc.)
qLittle to no babbling
qDoes not roll
qDoes not engage in simple play with toys
qDoes not watch a moving object by turning head to follow it
qDifficult to comfort during the night
qDoes not attract attention through actions
qExperiences a dramatic loss of skill he/she once had

A child in this age range would be referred to the Early Intervention Program. For more information contact your physician or the Public Health Department in your county:

Oswego County Health Services EI (315) 349-3500
Onondaga County Health Dept Special Svs (315) 435-3230
Jefferson County Community Services: (315) 785-3283
Lewis County Public Health Agency: (315) 376-5849
Madison County Public Health Department: (315) 366-2361
Oneida County Health Department: (315) 798-5249

Each child develops at his/her own pace. Do not be alarmed if your child does not follow this exact sequence. If you have concerns about your child’s development, contact your doctor. 

You may request that Little Lukes coordinate the evaluation or provide Early Intervention services including speech therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy.   Little Lukes is a leading provider of Early Intervention pediatric therapy services in Central New York including Syracuse, Oswego and Watertown areas.   Visit for information. 

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