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Developmental milestones in your baby’s first year

The first year of your baby’s life can seem like a miraculous time. This is when he or she will develop basic skills such as responding to visual and sound cues, rolling over, crawling, and even walking. Tracking your baby’s development is not only something you’ll feel naturally compelled as a parent to do as you witness this period of rapid development; it can help you quickly identify any developmental difficulties and provide your child with the support they may need along the way. There are moments in your baby’s life that might seem small to most people, but to a parent, they are enormous. Each milestone tells you that your baby is growing happily and healthily. Each little achievement is something worth celebrating. Here we outline the developmental milestones for babies in their first year and some of the issues to look out for.

What developmental skills are important in the first 12 months?

1. Holding their head upright and raising their head

At around the one-month stage, your baby won’t yet be able to raise their head when they’re upright, but he or she can lift their head and turn it to the side when on their stomach. Your infant will also be able to raise his or her hands close to their mouth. It’s common for babies at this stage to try to push up if they’re lying on their stomach. A photo or video is the perfect way to capture your baby’s first few times moving their head from side to side, perhaps when they respond to you calling his or her name. Over the first three months, give your child’s head plenty of support when they’re upright. If he or she is unable to move their hands close to their head or raise their head when on his or her tummy, keep an eye out for any possible issues. By your baby’s fourth month he or she will generally be able to hold their head steady without your help. At this stage, babies typically are also able to sit up with some support. Your baby holding their head up to look at you in response to you calling their name will be a great photo or video opportunity. If he or she is unable to hold their head steady by the four to seven month stage, speak to your doctor for advice.

2. Smiling, Babbling and Laughing

If you thought your baby’s first smile was cute, wait until they start laughing. By their fourth month, your child will be typically babbling and laughing, either spontaneously or in response to your tickling, funny faces, or peekaboo games. They will be predisposed to chatting to them self and making babbling sounds that sound like real words, so you’ll want to capture the cute moments and their laughter with a video. If your child doesn’t babble or laugh by the fourth- to sixth-month stage, you might want to consult your paediatrician or GP about assessing your baby’s development.

By the two to three-month stage your baby will be smiling to themselves, and then later in response to your smiles. This is part of their critical motor development skills and ability to respond to their surroundings. Your baby might smile in response to your voice or to your smile, which makes it a perfect opportunity to capture his their response with a photo or video. If your baby seems unresponsive to your smiles, calls, cuddles, or presence, or they seem unable to smile, it could be a matter of concern and you may want to seek advice from a medical professional.

3. Reaching for and grabbing objects

Babies will be interested in objects around them, and be reaching out to grab them by the third or fourth month of their lives. Your infant will move their hand close to their mouth during the first month, and then within several months he or she will be trying to grab objects around them, especially dangling hair, toys, and other shiny objects that come within their reach. Later, they will begin moving items from one hand to another. This developmental milestone makes a great photo opportunity, and you’ll probably want to capture it with a video. It’s unusual for babies to be uninterested in their surroundings and to not proactively grab things like toys, so check with your doctor if you think your baby might be slow to develop in this area.

4. Rolling

By your baby’s sixth month, they should be able to roll over from his or her front onto their back, and from his back to his front. If possible, try to capture the first time they achieve this with a video – they will be so pleased with themselves!

If your baby seems limp or uninterested in rolling well beyond his or her first six months, it might be the right time to talk to your doctor about having your baby checked.

5. Weight bearing

Learning to stand opens up another new world for your baby to explore and the moment they first weight bear, you’ll see the excitement in both their face and yours. Your baby’s got a new skill and are on their way to independence! Weight bearing generally comes at around three months old. This is of course assisted by holding their arms whilst they bounce up and down with a new sensation of using their legs for the first time this way. You will notice the knees sag a little but before long this will strengthen and then you’ve got a baby who can balance. Next stop…standing and before long, they will be walking!

6. Responding to their name

At seven to nine months, your baby will recognise familiar words and his or her own name. Your baby will turn to look at you when you call their name, and be able to understand the meaning of basic words such as, ‘No’. They might start to say ‘no’, or babble words such as ‘Mama’ and ‘Dada’ in response to certain verbal cues, and combine them with basic gestures such as a shake of the head or a nod. Sometimes delays in communication skills can be signs of more serious developmental disorders or developmental delay, including language delay, hearing impairment, intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. Health professionals can help your family figure out whether there’s an issue and what you can do about it.

7. Sitting without support

Between 5-7 months is when you’ll start noticing your child sitting up without support. They can get into the sitting position and stay sitting without resting on the back of a chair, or without mum or dad’s support against their back. Some babies even begin sitting without support by their fifth or sixth month. Or, they may be might getting up into the sitting position with the help of a pillow or furniture.

This special milestone deserves to be captured with a photo or video.

8. Saying their first words

Babies develop language at different rates where some babies may be more verbal early on and some babies may take time to articulate their first words. First words may start to be heard from around 6-8 months of age which are typically cooing, gurgling and babbling. As a baby grows and learns, from around ten to twelve months they might be able to put simple words together such as “mama” “dada” “baba” and might start copying the words you say. They may also start to communicate with you by shaking their head as means to indicate “no”. There are a number of ways to help develop your babies verbal skills such as reading and talking with your baby each day. Sometimes delays in communication skills can be signs of more serious developmental disorders or developmental delay, including language delay, hearing impairment, intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. Health professionals can help your family figure out whether there’s an issue and what you can do about it.

9. Crawling

By your baby’s eighth or ninth month, he or she will be starting to crawl on their hands and knees. However, some babies never crawl in this way and instead prefer to wriggle with their body, or drag themselves along by their arms and legs. Whether your child is crawling, scooting on their bottom or wriggling, this is still an important step forwards towards the time they begin to stand and walk. Crawling is not considered an essential milestone, so there’s probably no cause for concern if your baby isn’t crawling in some way by this time as long as they’re meeting other key milestones.

10. Standing

From around nine months you might see your baby begin to pull themselves up and stand for a period of time. At this stage, the strength in their legs is increasing whilst their upper body strength is engaged to pull themselves up. This is such an exciting time for them as they begin to see their world from another level. The best thing to do is ensure you don’t have any dangerous or sharp objects that can be accessed on the couch or coffee table.

11. Pointing out objects

At the 10 to 12 month stage, you’ll begin noticing your baby pointing out things to communicate or get your attention. This could happen as early as the nine month stage, or sometimes even earlier. Your child will be interested in their surroundings and using the pointing gesture to communicate their desire to play with something or have something.

12. Taking food on their own

From around six months of age, you will start to see your baby trying to grab food and eventually this will progress to eating finger foods. He or she will be experimenting with different foods for a variety of tastes and textures. By the end of this period, they will be an expert of the pincer grasp, which means they’ll be able to take things between their thumb and forefinger to eat smaller pieces of food. Your baby is also likely to grab other small objects in his or her hands, such as toys, combs and other small objects. Your baby might want to copy you during meal times.

13. Drinking from a cup

From around 6 months of age, you can teach your baby the skills of drinking from a cup. Easy-grip handles and soft spouts are key features to look for in a sippy cup. This is a great developmental milestone that coincides with starting solids. Whilst breastmilk (and/or formula) still provide a majority of nutrition in the first twelve months, this will teach your baby to wean off the bottle by the age of twelve months.

14. Walking

Your baby’s first walk is probably one of the most exciting milestones. This declaration of independence can happen anywhere from nine to seventeen months, though most babies are taking their first steps by thirteen months. Your baby’s first solo steps warrant capturing with a video, photo, or perhaps even an inky footprint in your baby diary (you can make your own ink with cornflour, natural food colouring and water).

15. Jumping

The next thing to celebrate is your baby’s first jump off a low wall or step. This means that their motor skills are right where they need to be and that your baby’s well and truly hit the toddler stage. Jumping is so much fun for kids and is important for balance and self esteem, so encourage it when you can. Whilst jumping is not seen in the first twelve months, building their strength through crawling, standing and walking will enable them to make the next leaps.

16. Tracking objects with their eyes

By their first or second month, your baby will be able to track objects with their eyes and gradually their eye crossing will decrease. While in the first month they can’t focus on objects beyond eight to twelve inches away, he or she will be able to look at your face. It’s the perfect time to play peekaboo and other visual games with her. By the third month, she should be focusing intently on objects of interest and recognizing you from across the room. Talk to your doctor if you notice your baby doesn’t watch things when they move or doesn’t seem interested in tracking things with her eyes.

17. First Conversation

Your baby might not be able to put two words or a sentence together yet, but if he can hold a conversation with you, that’s pretty cool! Showing interest in what you’re saying is cause for celebration and when they respond to your questions or help to relay a story, it’s a magic day!

18. First Tantrum

It might not seem like something worth celebrating, and it might come as a shock, but your baby’s first tantrum is a sign that your child’s ‘normal’. Baby tantrums occur because of their inability to express themselves and a sudden loss of emotional control. Instead of panic, celebrate this next stage and start to think of ways in which to limit tantrums (or at least calm them).

19. Interacting with other babies

Your baby might have been socialising with other babies from the very early days particularly if they have older siblings. Interaction with other babies of similar ages is an important developmental skill where they learn communicate, share and interact with someone their size.

More than just ‘hanging out with mum’s friend’s babies’, a play date is a chance to hang out with their pal. If things go well, they can be fun for everyone involved.

20. Smiling and laughing

Laughter and smiling are wonderful milestones to reach and are usually seen in babies from around three to four months. Laughter is a way your baby communicates that you can understand. It’s a sign that your baby is alert, intrigued, and happy. This might occur in response to a stimulus like a noise, tickles, peekaboo, or even just the image of someone familiar in their presence for example, mummy or daddy pulling faces.

What if my baby is not meeting their developmental milestones?

Babies tend to develop at their own pace, but they also tend to reach milestones in the same order. As you become aware of the general developmental milestones for infants, you’ll be able to use this knowledge as a general guide to check on your child’s development.

Factoring in your understanding of your baby’s unique habits and behaviours, you will usually be able to quickly identify any unexpected lags or delays in development. For example, you might notice that your baby is not interested in trying to stand up when other of his or her age are, or have problems grasping with his ‘pincer grasp’ – holding things with his index finger and thumb. Your baby might have problems with understanding basic commands when babies of his or her age are usually responsive to basic words like ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Other motor skill, movement, or vision and hearing issues can be detected through the course of everyday activities, and often it’s a matter of paying attention and interacting with your baby. If anything seems off about your baby’s ability to reach certain growth milestones, your baby might have a developmental delay.

If you suspect your child has a development delay, talk to a your health professional such as a GP, Paediatrician or Maternal Child Health Nurse who can give you some general advice before referring you to a specialist, whether that’s a speech pathologist, physical therapist, or another medical specialist depending on your child’s needs. However, keep in mind that every child is different and will develop at their own pace. Your intuition as a parent, as well as common sense, could be your best guide to working out when you should consult a doctor about any concerns.

Summary

The first year of your baby’s life is an important period for growing, developing and learning. There are a number of key milestones to look out for over the first 12 months as your little baby begins to learn their environment. This includes crawling, laughing, walking and smiling. The first few years are filled with these amazing moments, and not just for your little one. Don’t forget to pay attention to the times when you should be patting your own back: your first solo outing, first time you know what a cry means, first good night’s sleep, first date night, first time you drink a coffee that’s still hot, first time you leave your baby with a sitter who’s not a family member, first day back in your skinny jeans, first time you manage a whole day without talking about your baby’s bowel movements, first spontaneous “I love you”. Yep, there’s a lot to be happy about. Embrace every big little milestone!

Disclaimer: The content of this document is solely for educational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice. You are solely responsible for forming your own opinions and conclusions on such matters and for making your own independent assessment of the information. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about your baby’s health.

About the author

Marisa Nastasi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian for Bellamy’s Organic. She specialises in children's nutrition and has recently completed further studies in paediatric dietetics. She has worked in the industry for 8 years and has developed a strong working knowledge on how good quality diets can benefit the health of children so that they can develop to their full potential.

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