The world-famous Malian nonuplets have recently celebrated their first birthday

The nine babies were born on 4 May 2021 and have now achieved the Guinness World Records title for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive.

The previous record was held by eight babies born to Nadya Suleman (USA) aka “Octomom” in 2009.

“They’re all crawling now,” their father, Abdelkader Arby, told the BBC. “Some are sitting up and can even walk if they hold on to something.”

Although he admits “it’s not easy”, Abdelkader is happy to see “all the babies in perfect health.”

The record-breaking babies are still in the care of the clinic in Morocco where they were born, along with their mother, 26-year-old Halima Cissé.

They are living in a specially-equipped flat owned by the clinic, where nurses are on hand to help care for Mrs Cissé and her nine babies.

A strict diet has also been put in place for the children to ensure they receive all the nutrients they require.

To celebrate, the family is holding a small birthday party with just a few nurses and neighbours from their apartment building.

The five baby girls (Adama, Oumou, Hawa, Kadidia, Fatouma) and four baby boys (Oumar, Elhadji, Bah and Mohammed VI) were born prematurely via Caesarean section on 4 May 2021, 30 weeks into Mrs Cissé’s pregnancy.