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First year Milestones, 12 Months of Fabulous Firsts

Having a baby is an exciting time in your life. It is full of firsts, full of anticipation for new milestones and full of wonderful surprises. After 9 months of waiting, you fall in love with this new little life that is put into your arms. Every movement and sound is a source of amazement. You and look forward to what each day will bring, watching for anything new or unexpected. 
Most mothers know that their babies will go through certain stages or milestones at different times in their development. They know what they should be expecting at 3 months, 6 months, and a year however the little milestones are the ones you look forward to every day. 


Below are some of the milestones:


One Month

 

  • Many babies sleep a lot at this stage and often want to nurse a lot
  • They typically turn their heads towards sounds or voices
  • They can hold their head up for short periods of time
  • They can move their heads from side to side
  • They like looking at faces
  • They move their arms and legs around
  • Their reflexes are getting stronger
  • Their focus has improved
  • Can focus on items 8 to 12 inches away
  • Responds to loud sounds

Two Months

 

 

  • They are often smiling by this point
  • Tracks objects with his eyes
  • They begin to coo, often agunn or ngrr
  • They will follow you with their eyes

Three Months

  • They can have tummy time since they can raise their head
  • They may push their legs and straiten them when they feel a hard surface at their feet
  • Now they are more likely to begin trying to imitate your sounds
  • They begin to reach for toys, and dangling objects
  • Grasps and shakes hand toys
  • Recognizes familiar objects and people, even at a distance
  • They smile more often
  • They may grasp their hands together
  • They are holding their head up

Four Months

  • If you are one of the lucky ones they might sleep about six hours at night
  • Generally, they sleep around 14 to 17 hours
  • They can roll over from stomach to back and then later from back to stomach
  • They can sit with support
  • Communicate how they feel through crying
  • They respond to toys and will put them in their mouth
  • They babble and can amuse themselves 
  • They can recognize a bottle or breast
  • Respond to noises or rattles

Five Months

  • They will grasp toys
  • They are getting better at sitting by themselves
  • They grasp for toys
  • They may be trying to get up on all fours
  • Pays attention to small objects
  • Teething begins

Six Months

  • They begin to be able to sit by themselves
  • Feeding with a spoon becomes easier since they will open their mouth for food
  • Can now roll over from back to front and front to back
  • They can hold their bottle or begin to drink from a glass
  • Begins to make two-syllable sounds

Seven Months

  • They can pick up finger foods and put in their mouths
  • They like peekaboo
  • they can gauge your moods
  • They are proficient at crawling or scooting
  • They imitate many sounds

Eight months

  • They are chewing on objects often to relieve teething pain
  • They let you know they are finished eating by turning their head or pushing your hand away
  • They will reach for the utensils when you are trying to feed them
  • Turns head away when finished eating
  • They begin sleeping less and will take 2 to 3 naps a day
  • Sits unsupported
  • Drop objects over the edge of the high chair
  • Gets on arms and knees in crawling position and are often crawling
  • Has specific cries for various needs
  • Loves to babble
  • Recognize their name

Nine Months

  • Will reach for toys
  • Drops objects and then looks for them
  • Becomes interested in grabbing the spoon during feedings
  • Can sit up by self
  • Their motor skills improve so they can pick up tiny objects
  • Recognizes self in the mirror
  • May pull themselves up at the furniture

Ten Months

  • Will cry for a toy that is taken away
  • Can pass a toy from one hand to another
  • Can pull themselves up to standing
  • Can stand at the table or with assistance

Eleven Months

  • Can vocalize short words or names
  • Will clap their hands
  • Can wave and recognize when someone leaves
  • Understands the word no

Twelve Months

  • By this time they often triple their birth weight
  • They may have two naps a day
  • Voluntarily lets objects go
  • Puts objects into containers and then takes them out
  • They may move to the music
  • They may shake their head in response to you 
  • They love opening and closing cabinet doors
  • They may be standing while holding on to furniture,
  • They will crawl or scoot
  • They may also be walking at this stage
  • They could also be walking at this stage. 
  • Some babies can say short words, such as mama or dada
  • "Dances" to music
  • They like to look at books or be read to 
  • They know what they want and will push away what they don't want
  • They can generally understand some simple commands
  • Some babies may be shy with strangers
  • They might have a favorite toy, pacifier or blanket
  • They recognize themselves in a mirror
  • They frequently pull off any clothing they can such as socks or hats
  • Understands the use of certain objects
  • Tests parental responses to behavior

While these milestones are common they are not set in stone. Some babies developed faster or slower than others, however, each milestone is cherished just the same. 

 

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