The first two year of a baby’s life is filled with many exciting developmental milestones. Here are some of the major milestones you can expect during your baby’s first year:
- 0-3 months: In the first few months, your baby will learn to lift their head, roll over, and follow objects with their eyes. They will also start to make cooing sounds and begin to recognize familiar faces.
- 4-6 months: During this time, your baby will learn to sit up with support, reach for objects, and put things in their mouth. They will also start to babble and laugh.
- 7-9 months: Your baby will become more mobile during this time, learning to crawl, pull themselves up to a standing position, and even take their first steps. They may also develop their pincer grasp and start to use their fingers to pick up small objects.
- 10-12 months: In the last few months of the first year, your baby will become more independent, learning to feed themselves, drink from a cup, and even use simple gestures to communicate their needs. They may also start to develop more social skills, including playing with other children and showing empathy.
- 13-18 months: During this period, your baby will likely start to walk independently, say a few words, and enjoy playing with toys that have buttons, levers, and other interactive features.
- 19-24 months: In the final few months of the second year, your baby will start to develop more complex language skills, including putting together two-word phrases and following simple directions. They will also become more independent and may start to show an interest in using the toilet.
It’s important to remember that every baby is unique and may reach milestones at their own pace. If you have concerns about your baby’s development, speak to your healthcare provider, who can provide guidance and support.