The first year of a child’s life can bring with it quite the learning curve for parents to navigate as they make sure their child is reaching all the right milestones. It often means a lot of questions and a lot of doctor’s appointments. We understand that just as your child is growing and learning each day, so are you. Take a look below and see where your child should be currently, and don’t be alarmed if they aren’t there yet. Each child is unique and may require a bit more or less time. If you are concerned about your child’s development know that your provider is ready and willing to help.
0-3 MONTHS: Baby’s motor skills will improve as they learn to control and lift their head. You’ll see your baby respond to your voice and other loud noises—they may even turn their head in the direction of sounds. Your child’s eyes will also begin to focus as they look at you during feedings, see bright colors, and track objects.
3-6 MONTHS: Motor skills will again progress to the baby lifting their heads while lying on their tummies. They may rock on their tummies and roll over as well. Hand-eye coordination will improve as the baby begins to grasp objects, most likely putting them in their mouths. Clearer vision will allow them to concentrate or fixate on toys or objects in front of them, as well as track objects like a ball as it rolls across the floor. The baby also begins to babble and use their voices to express their excitement.
6-9 MONTHS: The baby is now more mobile as he/she rolls in both directions, and can sit up with some support, scoot, and may perhaps begin to crawl. They are also now moving objects from one hand to the other, which will help them later as they begin to feed themselves. Communication has improved and they will squeal and babble, maybe even saying ‘mama’ and ‘dada’. The baby may have stranger anxiety and may begin teething.
9-12 MONTHS: Babies can sit without help and pull themselves to a standing position, possibly taking their first steps. They can feed him/herself and grasp objects between their thumb and forefinger. They also make gestures like shaking head ‘no’ and waving ‘bye bye’, and may begin imitating you.
Your child may not be following these milestones exactly and that’s perfectly OK. But if there is something concerning you and they seem far behind for their age, then it’s time for a visit. And most importantly, continue to love and take the time to connect with your child each day. The quicker you catch any abnormalities, the quicker you can help your child resolve any issues. No one knows your child better than you, you’ve got this.
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