The first year of your baby’s life is both thrilling and stressful. It may be difficult to keep up with new advancements that occur on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis!
As a new parent, you’ll be very busy learning to care for your baby and soaking in all of the wonders of the baby stage, and while every baby’s development is quite different, our guide is designed to help you know what to typically expect and how to navigate all of the changes in your and your baby’s life during this first year.
Baby milestones: the first year of your baby’s life:
1- Between two and six months:
You’ve seen a lot of your baby’s tears after two months of restless nights and round-the-clock comforting. Perhaps you saw a momentary grin, but it might have been gas. It’s finally time for the big payoff. Your kid will grin back at you by the age of two months! Your baby’s enticing smile is typically triggered by the sound of your voice or the sight of your face.
A full night’s sleep becomes the Holy Grail for new parents like no other infant milestone. While expecting a baby to sleep through the night is unreasonable and harmful, parents may be confident that respite will arrive shortly. Most infants can sleep through the night by the age of 4-6 months.
2- Between six and eleven months:
During the second part of this year, your child will become a mobile infant. They’ll spend the following several months finding out how to move forward or backward after discovering they can go someplace by rolling over. If you haven’t already baby-proofed your home, you should do it right now!
Most newborns can sit up with assistance, either by resting their hands in front of them or leaning on pillows or furniture.
You may see the first tooth bud grow in your baby’s mouth between the ages of 5 and 7 months, most often in the center of their lower jaw. Don’t worry if your kid isn’t teething yet; it’s usual for them not to have a tooth until they’re 12 months old.
Most newborns crawl between the ages of 9 and 11 months, utilizing both hands and feet; however, others never crawl, preferring to creep or wiggle instead.
By 12 months, most newborns can stand for a few seconds without assistance. They also take short steps while holding onto furniture or other things. Babies may spend hours cruising to practice walking independently in the weeks or months before they can walk independently.
Talk to and listen to your child. Use a variety of tones and facial emotions, and react to the noises they produce. This teaches kids how to have a conversation and convey their emotions.
Play as much as you can with your baby by reading books, singing, doing tummy time, making funny noises, and giving them toys. They may be too sleepy or hungry to play at times, but you should be able to pick up on your baby’s signals by now, so make sure you give them what they need.