As parents, I’m sure you don’t want to miss any big moments your baby’s life. But, before your baby reaches each one, you are probably wondering about when to look for the important milestones and get your camera ready. While it’s helpful to know how baby development unfolds, your baby growth doesn’t need to be exactly like our baby milestone chart. Because every baby is different, so your little one will develop at their own pace. Here is the monthly chart for baby milestones.
1 Month Old Baby Milestones
At this early stage, your baby’s senses are still developing. Moreover, infants can only detect light and motion after birth. But, by the end of the first month, your baby can make eye contact and spot objects about 8 to 12 inches away. It also means that your baby will be able to notice and focus on their parents’ faces easily.
Newborns can hear fairly well, but not perfect during this period. Furthermore, they respond best to high-pitched, exaggerated sounds and voices. On top of that, babies can also distinguish their mother’s voice and respond to it better than others. So, if your newborn baby does not respond to sounds with a startled reaction or never seems to react to your voice in the first few months, talk to your pediatrician immediately.
- Brings hands within range of eyes and mouth
- Moving head side to side when lying on stomach
- Seeing bold patterns (especially in black and white)
- Recognizing the sound of your voice
2 Month Old Baby Milestones
You should observe these flowing milestones closely. If your baby isn’t achieving them, your pediatrician may want to know further. In the second month, the ability to track objects is important. Therefore, the inability to do so might indicate a visual or brain issue.
- Starting to smile at people
- Beginning to follow things with eyes and recognizes people at a distance
- Fussiness and acting bored if the activity doesn’t change
- Pushing up when lying on tummy
- Making smoother movements with arms and legs.
3 Month Old Baby Milestones
Baby’s emotional skills normally begin to develop around the third month. Your baby might have different ways of crying to tell you about their feelings. Plus, they also know to turn their head away to express boredom.
- Can distinguish parent’s face from others
- Starting to have different cries for different needs
- Opening and shutting hands
- Taking swipes at dangling objects
- Turning in the direction of sounds
- Enjoys playing with other people (or cry when they stop playing)
4 Month Old Baby Milestones
Your baby is becoming more alert and eager to explore the world around them.
- Starting to giggle or laugh
- Learning and copying facial expressions
- Reaching out for toys with one hand
- Be able to hold their head without supporting
5 Month Old Baby Milestones
Your baby’s skills are developing now may seem small, but they are the foundations for your baby’s future life. So, in order to ensure everything is ok, remember to have your baby’s visit to the doctor occasionally.
- Rolling over
- Exploring by putting objects in their mouth
- Able to self-entertain
6 Month Old Baby Milestones
Your baby might be ready to start accomplishing huge developmental milestones like mobility. But, there’s no reason to worry even if they don’t start moving at 6 months.
- Passing things from one hand to another
- Can sit without any supports
- Able to understand simple words
- Responding to their name
7 Month Old Baby Milestones
Your baby is exploring their surrounding world more than ever, manipulating objects to learn about them. However, it can lead to a pretty annoying habit of dropping things onto the floor. On the bright side, it’s a good sign of a baby’s curiosity.
- Dropping things on the floor
- Playing simple games like peekaboo
- Beginning to respond to basic words (Yes, no,..)
8 Month Old Baby Milestones
At this age, parents should focus more on one domain of a child’s development, such as gross motor skills. But, it’s helpful for parents to consider other domains of a child’s development than just focusing on crawling or walking on time.
- Developing the pincer grasp (using the thumb and index finger)
- Standing by holding onto something
9 Month Old Baby Milestones
Your baby is closing to one of the most exciting milestones, which is talking. However, experts suggest parents shouldn’t worry too much if they haven’t heard “mama” or “dada” yet. Not all babies can start to talk at the same time, but they should make constant forward progress. The talking progress starts from cooing to consonant sounds, simple words and finally to small sentences.
- Can be wary of strangers and clings to familiar people
- Making a lot of different sounds, like “mama” and “dada”
- Copying sounds and gestures of others
10 Month Old Baby Milestones
A wide range of abilities emerges at this age. While many babies are still crawling, others are nearly ready to take their first steps.
- Exploring things in different ways (shaking, banging and throwing)
- Pulling to stand
- Cruising (shuffling along while holding onto furniture)
11 Month Old Baby Milestones
A baby milestone chart is a good way to track if your baby is working toward expected physical and social goals. However, don’t be rushed, even if your baby has taken the first step. What’s important is to enjoy every phase of the development when it’s occurring.
- Understanding object permanence
- Makes sounds more closer to speaking
- Developing separation anxiety
12 Month Old Baby Milestones
Congratulations! Your baby’s first birthday is coming. A lot of amazing things have been mastered by your little one over the last couple of months.
- Responding to simple spoken requests and directions
- Using basic gestures (shaking his head “no” or waving “bye-bye”)
- Using objects correctly
- Taking steps without help
- Can stand alone
It’s perfectly normal for parents to worry whether their baby’s development is on track. However, not all children can do the same things at a specific time or follow any baby milestone chart. So, you should try to relax more and just enjoy the best moments of your baby during this time. In addition, if you have any concerns about your baby development, you should share it with your doctor. Also, let us know more about your baby milestone in the comments below.