Child Development: Monthly Baby Milestones

When you’re raising kids it seems like every day there’s a new milestone. You check each one off the list as your baby makes progress and you im-patiently wait for him to hit the next one. As a concerned parent you also need to make sure that your baby is progressing on schedule. Read through our list of the biggest and most fun milestones of your baby’s development, as well as some key developments that your baby should be hitting by certain points along the way.

Milestones for Your Baby’s First Year

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  • Two monthsFirst Smile – By the time your baby reaches two months of age she should have had her first smile. It may not be a smile that she can share with you just yet, but at different points she should crack a smile for all of the waiting cameras. Ask your doctor if: If your child doesn’t respond to loud sounds in her immediate area, or if she doesn’t follow objects that move in front of her.
  • Three MonthsPicking Up Objects – At this point your little critter is probably able to use his arms to swat at things in front of his face or even hold things between both of his out-stretched arms. It’s rare that he will be able to grasp things with his fingers, but he’s on his way!
  • Four MonthsRolling Over – It may have been some time in the making, but at the four month your baby is probably starting to roll over – it may even be her favorite activity. New parents are often anxious about their newborn being able to roll over since doctor’s instruct us to put our babies on their backs to sleep, but at this point, it’s probably fine to let babies choose a sleeping position of their own.

  • Five MonthsTeething Begins – This process can get frustrating for everyone involved. Your baby will start getting fussy at random times, and you may not know exactly why. At five months, chances are that he’s teething. However, teeth may not actually appear for another few months. Teething is painful enough by itself, but it can also bring on a fever, so keep the baby Tylenol close by just in case. Also, there are a number of ways to treat the painful symptoms of teething, including giving your child teething biscuits, or putting some toys in the freezer to get them nice and cold before your baby goes in for the kill.
  • Six Months Your Baby Can Sit Up – By this point, you’ve probably tried to prop your baby up in the sitting position, only to have her slide over to one side or the other. At around six months, your baby should be able to support her head and back in a sitting position. Get your camera ready because this milestone brings along a whole new set of poses. Ask your doctor if: your child is unable to grab and hold toys and other items or doesn’t yet show affection to parents or care givers. These are milestones that are typically reached by this age.
  • Seven MonthsEats Finger Foods – At this point you’ve started introducing some solids into your baby’s diet, and hopefully you’re raising an excited and enthusiastic eater. You may have noticed that your child will try to grab your hand or the spoon that you’re feeding him with during meal time. It’s time to put all of that practice with putting things in his mouth to good use and give him some finger foods to feed himself. This could include fruits and vegetables that you mash / cut up for him, puffs, or yogurt melts. We also recommend a waterproof bib and a high chair.
  • Baby Sitting in a Bowl of Cheerios

    Looks like he’s using his fingers and everything else.

  • Eight MonthsKnows Her Name – By eight months your baby may be responding to her own name. In months prior you probably could have gotten her to turn her head if you say her name, but a lot of that has to do with intonation in your voice. By this point, you baby will start to associate her name with herself. She’s also starting to associate ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ with you, but it’s going to take her a little longer to vocalize it.
  • Nine MonthsSits up In The Crib – Nine months in and your baby should be very comfortable getting into different positions while on the ground. He’s probably able to get into a sitting position by himself, lean onto one of his sides, roll over and even start crawling (or squirming). Ask your doctor if: By this point if your child isn’t able to sit up by himself or does not support his own weight when his feet are on the ground. He may be falling behind and you should talk to your doctor.
  • Ten MonthsTries to Break Out of The Crib – Your child has been working on a lot of skills individually up to this point, and some of them are going to start coming together now. It’s common for a ten month old to be able to hold onto the side of the crib and hoist herself up to a standing position, and even walk along the side of the crib while supporting herself (this is called cruising).
  • Eleven MonthsMama and Dada – You heard the ‘dadadada’ sounds in the past, but they were probably nonsensical and didn’t refer to anyone in particular. Around this time your child will start to associate ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ with her parents. You may see her point at pictures of you and identify you. You’ll also be hearing your names more and more often in the coming weeks as your baby starts to miss you when you’re not there and cling to you when you are.
  • Twelve MonthsSeparation Anxiety and Social Awareness – If you’ve had your child in group care prior to this time, you’ve probably experienced more anxiety than they have when dropping them off. But your baby’s social awareness has grown to a point where he will start to have separation anxiety when you leave. This isn’t specific to dropping your child off at daycare – even if you leave the room, he may get upset. As a tip, try to be confident when you say goodbye, and make the goodbye quick since pro-longed goodbyes imply there is something to fear with your absence. Ask your doctor if: At the one year mark your baby should be crawling. Some children are walking at a year! Different children will reach milestones at different times, but if your child is one year old, and isn’t yet crawling, talk to your doctor about her development.

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