Babies grow quickly in their first year of life, and tracking their developmental milestones can help you monitor their growth and learning.
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Newborn Milestones: 0-2 Months
In these first months, your baby’s eyesight, movements, and noises move from reflexive to intentional. Coos and smiles appear, too!
- Coos and cries to communicate
- Focuses on faces
- Movements transition from jerky to smooth
- Looks toward noises and your voice
- Recognizes and focuses you
- Holds head up
- Starts pushing up on hands during tummy time
- First smiles
Infant Milestones: 3-6 Months
Look forward to more socializing, more communication, and the beginnings of Baby becoming mobile! These months are filled with play and learning about the world around them.
- First laughs
- Smiles at your voice and socially
- Babbles and attempts to copy sounds
- Enjoys playing and cries when play stops
- Holds head and chest up during tummy time
- Pushes up on elbows during tummy time
- Stretches and kids legs when lying down
- Rolls over
- Sits and stands with support
- Coordinates eyes and hands
- Grabs, shakes, and swipes at toys
- Starts to transfer things between hands
- Pulls things toward them with a raking grasp
Baby Milestones: 7-9 Months
Baby is really showing off their personality now! They’re also endlessly curious and making moves to explore. Get ready for lots of babbling and new skills.
- Rolls over both ways
- Changes positions (tummy to sitting, sitting to pulling up)
- Moves toward items of interest
- Sits without support
- Plays peek-a-boo
- Babbles with strings of consonants and vowels
- Vocally expresses happiness or frustration
- Understands the word “no”
- New teeth allow biting softer finger foods and feeding themselves
- Uses the pincer grasp
- Claps, waves, points
- Bangs toys together
- Mimics sounds and gestures
Older Baby Milestones: 10-12 Months
Approaching their first birthday, Baby is constantly active, keeping you on your toes as they cruise around on theirs! Just baby proof and encourage that curiosity.
- Pulls up, stands, and possibly takes first steps!
- Uses two hands, and alternating hand movements to play and explore
- Points to familiar objects
- Enjoys experiential cause-and-effect play
- Sits and balances while throwing something
- Meaningfully refers to Mama or Dada
- Understands basic instructions (come here; put it down)
- Enjoys music and songs
- Stacks and sorts toys
- Finds hidden objects
- Holds books, cups, and eating utensils
- Helps during diaper changes and dressing