Baby Development Milestones
Your baby development milestones. Moms' advice on the early development milestones for your baby as she begins to understand the world around her
Baby milestones are incredibly exciting for child and parent alike. These milestones show that your baby is beginning to understand his own body, sounds, feelings and the world! During the first year of his life, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your child develops skills and interacts with those around him, both non-verbally and verbally.
Here, we’ll touch on some big baby milestones. However, it’s important to remember that each baby develops differently. Remember that as long as new skills are being grasped regularly, your child is most likely progressing at a very normal rate. If you’re truly concerned, bring up the subject with your child’s pediatrician.
Exciting Baby Milestones
Following are some of the most anticipated baby milestones, along with the average age at which they occur.
Your baby 0-6 months
- One Month – Although it will be weak, by the end of their first month most babies will be attempting to lift their heads up to see more of their world. They will also become entranced by faces and stare at them endlessly.
- Two Months – By the end of his second month, your baby will be holding his head up for very short periods of time. He will also follow objects with his eyes, and he will take notice of his hands for the first time.
- Three Months – During the third month of her life, your baby will be able to hold her head up for short periods without wobbling. She’ll also begin to recognize the people in his world, lighting up when familiar faces appear.
- Four Months – At the fourth month, your baby will likely be able to put weight on his legs for short periods of time. He will also begin to respond with babbling sounds when you speak, and will most likely give you those treasured first “true” smiles and laughs.
- Five Months – During the fifth month, your baby’s attention will be captured by brightly colored objects. He will also become fascinated with his own hands and feet, which is delightful to watch.
Your baby 6-12 months
- Six Months – A milestone in itself, the sixth month brings exciting baby milestones in development. Rolling over should be mastered. Your child will also respond to and try to mimic speech.
- Seven Months – During the seventh month, your baby will thrill you by sitting up unassisted.
- Eight Months – This month often brings your child’s first nonsense words, often two syllables strung together (ba-ba or la-la).
- Nine Months – With support, during this month, your baby can stand up!
- Ten Months – Crawling is getting faster and your child’s belly is up off the ground as she crawls. She’ll also develop the ability to grasp objects between her thumb and forefinger.
- Eleven Months – Your child will likely address you as “mama” or “dada” during this month. Simple games, such as peek-a-boo, are also understood and enjoyed.
- Twelve Months – During this milestone month, you’ll notice your child mimicking your actions and attempting the same with your speech. A first step, supported, is often seen as well.
As you can see, the first year is full of exciting baby milestones. Remember that these are just guidelines, and each child develops differently. Bring up any concerns with your pediatrician.