First Year Developmental Milestones of Your Child

From birth to the first year, children undergo rapid development. Between these 12 months, your baby will go through all the child development stages at an astonishing rate.

Children grow so fast at this stage that babies seem to acquire new skills every single day. They develop new ways to communicate and interact with their surroundings.

With all these things going on, new parents tend to feel overwhelmed and often wonder if their child’s development is on the right track.

That’s why it’s important to know what to expect and baby milestones can help you understand if your child is growing at the right pace.

So, what are baby milestones?

Baby Milestones: Important Stages of Child Development

According to, baby milestones or developmental milestones act as checkpoints to determine what an average child should theoretically be able to do at a particular age.

This, in turn, helps parents and nannies or childcare providers to provide better childcare to help children grow smoothly.

However, it’s important to not focus too much on these baby milestones. Indeed, every baby is different and they develop at a different speed. 

Some babies may start walking within their first 9 months while others may not even try before their 11th month. It varies between different children.

With keeping these things in mind, let’s look at the developmental milestones of children.

First Year Baby Milestones for Your Child

Your child will grow rapidly in the first 12 months after their birth. So fast that they’ll be acquiring new skills every week.

Let’s dig in and see what your child may be doing in their first year.

●    1 – 4 Months

In this first stage, babies are just starting to observe and adapt to the outside world. Developmental milestones of your baby for the first four months are:

  1. Head circumference should increase at a rate of 2 cm per month for the first two months. Then it will grow at a rate of 1.5 cm per month for the next two months. This indicates that your child’s brain is rapidly growing.
  2. Your child may smile spontaneously. Babies at this stage will recognize familiar people at a distance.
  3. They will try to track objects with their eyes. They’ll try to grasp objects with their entire hand. 
  • 4 – 8 Months

At this stage, your baby may start to:

  1. Roll over.
  2. Respond to you by making different noises. They may even try to speak and it would sound more like a real language.
  3. Grow teeth. The upper and lower incisors grow first.
  4. Lie on their tummy and start push-ups. They will try to keep their head up in this position.
  5. Get interested in looking at the mirror.
  6. Become curious and start to observe cause and effect. Usually by throwing, shaking, chewing, and poking toys.
  7. Respond to the “peek-a-boo” game.
  • 8 – 12 Months

During this time of your baby’s developmental stage, he may try to make to different places by rolling over and crawling. In the last two month of this developmental stage, he may start showing several characteristics of a toddler.

At this stage, your baby may:
  1. Start to imitate others. For example, your hand gestures.
  2. Start speaking one or two words at a time like “mama” or “dada”.
  3. Begin to start understanding “no”.
  4. Try to walk against some kind of support like a wall or a chair.
  5. Show sadness when being separated from his childcare professional.
  6. Show anger, sadness, happiness. He may start clapping when he is happy.
  7. Develop affection to a certain toy or object.
  8. Be able to look for hidden objects and find them if he watched you hiding that.

In the End…

Watching your baby reach these milestones is an amazing experience. Not every baby is the same. As such, you shouldn’t be too concerned if your little one misses some of those milestones.

However, make sure you take your baby to the pediatrician once in a while to check if your baby is suffering from any developmental delays.

But remember, it is more important to see if your baby is growing continuously instead of focusing on when he achieves a certain milestone.

Take care and watch out for the next developmental milestones of your child.

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