Home > Parenting > Child > How to care for your baby 19 August 2003 Milestones: Nine months A baby's pincer grasp becomes more refined at this age and he may already be able to pick up small objects. 0 ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » 10 interesting Down syndrome facts Autistic savant 'reads minds' Picks up small object such as a raison using the thumb and forefinger Bears some weight on legs when held upright Passes an object from one hand to another Begins to understand the meaning of words Babbles loudly Understands simple phrases such as "baba" and "bye-bye" Clearly distinguishes strangers from familiar people; clings to known adult and hides face Looks for dropped objects Attempts to get to a toy out of reach NEXT ON HEALTH24X Childcare workers need to follow hand-washing guidelines 2016-12-02 10:40 More: ChildHow to care for your baby advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Sun protection for all children Understanding your sunscreen The science behind cosmeceuticals Do you know these 5 facts about skincare? Live healthier The debate continues » Working out in the concrete jungle 7 top butt exercises for guys 10 things pole dancing can do for you The running vs. walking debate There are many different theories when it comes to the running vs. walking for health and weight loss. Veganism a crime? » Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Are vegans unnatural beasts? Can a vegan be really healthy? Should it be a crime to raise a baby on vegan food? After a number of cases of malnourishment in Italy, it may become a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet.