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Montessori Infant: Nine Months | Atomic Bee Ranch

Montessori Infant: Nine Months

Gross Motor: Malin is so close to walking. Soclose. She constantly pulls herself up to standing and cruises along the furniture. If you’ll let her, she grabs your hands and takes steps across the room. Tom built her a Pikler Triangle, which is a triangular frame with bars that allow the infant to pull to standing and cruise along them. Eventually she will be able to climb up the bars, over the top, and down the other side. For now she likes to use it for standing and walking sideways as well as watching Camille climb to the top and stand up. 

Fine Motor: Now that she’s become a lot more adept at eating and feeding herself (it’s a mess, but she loves it) she’s starting to develop the pincer grasp. I try to give her foods she can practice that grip with and as I follow the materials designed by Montessori for infants they will begin to give her the opportunity to practice it as well. 

Communication: There was a distinct increase in babbling this month as well as conversational babbling. She now says something back to you if you ask a question or address her directly and waits for your response before saying more. I think she may have also said “dada” a few times in reference to Tom, but it isn’t consistent yet by any means. 

Food: This baby eats everything and so much of it. She rarely turns down the opportunity to nurse or eat solids and I have yet to find a food she outright rejects. She is starting to nurse a lot less and we’re offering her a full meal at each meal we eat. I think this is helping to transition her away from breastmilk, which I’m grateful for. 

Work: Since play is the work of children here are some of the shelves and baskets I have out for Malin this month and a few upcoming materials that are good for nine month old babies. 

Single Shape Puzzles Grain Shakers Puzzle Ball and Palmer House Book Christmas Basket

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