As a new mom I know how it is to forever be googling…when will my baby start (fill in the blank). So I thought I would make a helpful blog post going through all the common milestones your baby should be reaching in those first few months to one year.
Babies are born with amazing potential to learn and develop, but each one will have their own unique timeline. Some babies may reach certain milestones earlier than others, while some may take a bit longer. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on how your little one is progressing against the following milestones:
At birth: At this point you’ll want to look out for basic reflexes like sucking and grasping as well as signs of early motor skills such as pushing up when lying on their tummies or turning their head from side to side when lying on their back.
By two months: Your baby should now be able to hold their head up for a few seconds, track objects with their eyes and start to smile.
By four months: Your baby will likely be more alert and active as they’ll be able to recognize familiar faces and start cooing. They’ll also probably show signs of hand-eye coordination by reaching for objects.
By six months: Now your little one is really starting to move around! They should be able to sit up on their own, roll over both ways, and make funny noises like babbling or laughing.
By nine months: This is the stage where babies are becoming incredibly curious about their environment. You’ll notice them crawling, trying to stand and pulling up on furniture.
By twelve months: Your baby is officially a toddler! At this point they’ll be able to walk while holding onto something and might even be taking their first few steps without any help. They’ll also be getting better at feeding themselves and saying simple words like “mama” or “dada.”
Remember, these are just some of the milestones that your baby should reach within their first year of life – if you have any doubts about your little one’s development it’s always best to speak with your pediatrician for advice. But with a bit of love, patience and support from you, I’m sure your baby will reach all the milestones in no time!
Q: Is there any way that I can help my baby develop faster?
A: The best way to help your baby’s development is by providing a safe, stimulating and loving environment. Encourage their curiosity with toys, read stories together and talk to them as much as possible! All of this will give them the support they need to reach those milestones.
Q: What do I do if my baby isn’t reaching certain milestones?
A: It’s important not to worry too much if your baby is taking a bit longer than expected to hit certain milestones – every child develops at their own pace. However, if you have any concerns it’s always best to speak with your pediatrician for advice. They may suggest some activities that can help boost development or recommend professional intervention if needed.
Q: Is there any way to tell if my baby is advanced or behind?
A: The best way to determine this is by meeting with a doctor or specialist who can assess your child. They’ll be able to provide you with an accurate assessment of how your baby’s development compares to other children their age. Additionally, they may recommend some acitivites or exercises that can help your child reach their full potential.
Q: What other milestones should I be looking for after the first year?
A: After the first year, you’ll want to look out for signs of language development such as speaking in sentences, problem solving skills and even more advanced motor skills like running and jumping. As your baby continues to grow, there will be many more milestones that they’ll hit along the way – so just keep encouraging them and providing love and support!
Here are some additional resources that may help you learn more about your baby’s development:
Enjoy this wonderful journey of growth and development together! 🙂