If you have a baby, particularly as a first time parent, you will be watching your baby like a hawk, checking that they are meeting all the baby development milestones as and when they should. Almost every parent is guilty of this, when they actually shouldn’t have to worry too much. Any good parent ensures that their baby is seen regularly by either a pediatrician or other baby specialist to make sure baby development is on track. If it isn’t, these specialists will pick up on it through regular tests.
Furthermore, since there are many different baby milestones, it can be hard to determine whether or not your baby is on track or not. Last but not least, baby development is different for each baby. One child may be able to walk at 10 months, another may not walk until they are 16 or even 18 months. So try to stop worrying and enjoy your baby. However, let us look at some of the baby development milestones that are expected, just to help you set your mind at ease that your baby is as perfect as you think he or she is.
Baby Development Milestones
The development milestones can be looked at in two different ways: by type of action or by age group. It is usually best to look at it by age group, because certain milestones overlap different age groups. However, the baby milestones that you will come across are:
• The baby crawling milestone
• The baby grasping milestone
• The baby head control milestone
• The baby hearing milestones
• The baby sight milestones
• The baby rolling over
• The baby sitting milestone
• The baby teething milestone
• The baby walking milestone
As stated, it is usually easier to look at this by age ranges, but I must stress once more that these are guidelines only and that a pediatrician will pick up on any issues. Of course, as the parent, you know your baby best and if you are worried about his or her development, make an appointment with your pediatrician to get it checked out.
Baby Development between One to Six Months
There are a number of milestones that happen in the first six months of a baby’s life. Let’s look at this on a month to month basis, so you can see whether your child is developing appropriately or not.
By the first month, most babies can lift their head, respond to sounds and stare. Some can follow objects and make noises and very few can laugh, smile and tilt their heads at 45 degrees. In the second month, most babies start to vocalize. Some are able to smile responsively, tilt their head and have less rigid movements and very few can hold their head steady, lift their head and shoulder and bear weight on their legs. By three months, most babies can laugh and recognize their parents by their scent. Some are able to grasp and reach out to toys and roll over. Very few can clap and roll over. By five months, most can roll over, some can recognize their own name and turn to sound and very few can sit unsupported and become scared of strangers. And by six months, baby development should be such that your baby rolls in two directions and imitates sound. Some can reach for objects and mouth them and very few start crawling and making actual words, as well as dragging objects.
Baby Development between Seven and Twelve Months
At seven months, a baby should be able to sit up. Some are able to crawl and combine syllables and very few can wave and stand supported. After this, their speech starts to develop more and more, as do their fine motor skills and their ability to move themselves and other objects. By twelve months, most babies can imitate others and express desire, some can say mama and dada and take a few steps and very few can scribble, walk and say more words.