What developmental milestones should your baby be hitting?

During your baby’s first year of life, she will grow and develop at an amazing rate!

Your little bundle of joy will double her weight by the time she’s 5-6 months and triple those pounds by her first birthday. She’s also constantly learning and hitting major achievements – called developmental milestones. These including things such as holding her head up, rolling over, sitting up, standing, and possibly even walking. Not to mention the first time you hear “mama” or “dada.”

It is important, however, to keep in mind that no two babies are exactly the same and every baby developed at her own pace. While most babies reach certain milestones at similar ages, it is not unusual for a healthy baby to all behind in some areas or even race ahead in others. Regular and open communication with your baby’s pediatrician will help ensure your baby is on track.

The following milestones, courtesy of March of Dimes, are simply guidelines. Also, keep in mind that if your momma to a premier, you will need to look at the milestone guidelines a little differently. Again, your baby’s pediatrician will help guide you through the process.

By the end of their first month, most babies:

  • Make jerky, quivering arm movements
  • Bring hands near face
  • Keep hands in tight fists
  • Move head from side to side while lying on stomach
  • Focus on objects 8 to 12 inches away
  • Prefer human faces over other shapes
  • Prefer black-and-white or high-contrast patterns
  • Hear very well
  • Recognize some sounds, including parents’ voices

By the end of their third month, most babies:

  • Raise head and chest when lying on stomach
  • Support upper body with arms when lying on stomach
  • Stretch legs out and kick when lying on stomach or back
  • Push down on legs when feet are placed on a firm surface
  • Open and shut hands
  • Bring hands to mouth
  • Grab and shake hand toys
  • Follow moving object with eyes
  • Watch faces closely
  • Recognize familiar objects and people at a distance
  • Start using hands and eyes in coordination
  • Begin to babble and to imitate some sounds
  • Smile at the sound of parents’ voices
  • Enjoy playing with other people
  • May cry when playing stops

By the end of their seventh month, most babies:

  • Rollover both ways (stomach to back and back to stomach)
  • Sit up
  • Reach for object with hand
  • Transfer objects from one hand to the other
  • Support whole weight on legs when held upright
  • Develop full-color vision and mature distance vision
  • Use voice to express joy and displeasure
  • Respond to own name
  • Babble chains of consonants (ba-ba-ba-ba)
  • Distinguish emotions by tone of voice
  • Explore objects with hands and mouth
  • Struggle to get objects that are out of reach
  • Enjoy playing peek-a-boo
  • Show an interest in mirror images

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