Baby Milestones – Your Baby’s First Year
Every baby is different, but many parents go through the same emotions. In the early stage of their lives, all parents are eagerly awaiting their baby’s firsts. It’s a wonderful thing witnessing their first smile or step and a moment you’ll remember forever. Not all of them begin at the same time, but there are some developments you can expect in the first year. Here is a basic timeline of baby milestones, that you can follow with your newborn.
You’ll start to notice a quick development in your baby’s reflexes. They’ll grab your hand if you tap them or put your finger in their palm. They’ll start smiling in response to the sight of your face and the sound of your voice. Sometimes a smile can be mistaken for gas, however. Encourage them by smiling back at them. Hold their head up at a 45-degree angle for short periods. Keep your face less than 30cm apart from theirs and try out silly noises or faces to see how they react. By two months they should be smiling back at you.
At this age, they are preparing themselves for becoming more mobile. They can bear their own weight on their legs, if you hold them up, and turn to the direction of sounds they hear. Keep an eye on them because they’ll try and roll and reach toys, but might get frustrated from not quite being able to do it. This is the perfect age to get them on a baby floor gym.
Most babies will be at a pre-crawl stage and will almost lunge themselves into it. They might not get very far though so watch them. They should be much more chatty, gargling, and giggling at you, some might even manage a “mama” or “dada”. Capture those little laughs with a professional baby photographer.
By now they should be fine sitting up on their own, rolling around, and a lot more mobile. They’ll be better at picking up toys and playing with them on their own so keep them engaged with a pile of random toys to explore. Set up a larger mat area for them to encourage them to drag or roll themselves to the next toy, sort of like a baby obstacle course.
You’ll be able to communicate with them with words and gestures, like “bye” and waving, and they’ll understand. Encourage this by trying out some songs for speech development. Some babies will shuffle around and others will go straight into crawling, either way, you’ll be surprised how fast they move.
By this age, they’ll be much more aware of their surroundings. They should start holding on to furniture to themselves get around and be able to drink for a cup. They’ll also be more communicative with you and be able to gesture and make sounds to ask for what they want. You’ll be able to give them instructions and have a mini conversation!