Is my baby on the right track?
It’s a question many new mothers will ask as their baby grows, especially during the first year of life. The question is a valid one because infant milestone markers are what help both mom and doctor determine if a baby is where he or she is supposed to be.
Now, if your baby isn’t adhering to the track exactly, don’t panic, it’s just a guide. However, if you’re concerned, be sure to talk to your doctor at your next appointment.
Month 1 Infant Milestones
By the end of month one, your baby may be able to:
- Focus on objects or faces that are 8 to 12 inches away.
- Move his or her head from one side to the other.
- Bring hands to his or her face.
- Blink in response to bright lights.
- Respond to loud noises.
Month 2 Infant Milestones
By the end of month two, your baby may be able to:
- Follow objects with eyes.
- Make sounds other than crying, such as coos.
- Hold head up for short periods of time.
- Make smoother movements.
- Notice his or her own hands.
Month 3 Infant Milestones
By the end of month three, your baby may be able to:
- Hold head steady.
- Recognize your smell, face, and possibly, voice.
- Track moving objects with eyes.
- Squeal and gurgle.
- Lift head to 45-degree angle.
- Open and close hands.
- Hold and shake toys.
Month 4 Infant Milestones
By the end of month four, your baby may be able to:
- Roll over one way.
- Bear weight on legs.
- Coo when you talk to him or her.
- Grasp a toy.
Month 6 Infant Milestones
By the end of month six, your baby may be able to:
- Tell the difference between bold colors.
- Turn toward your voice.
- Play with his or her hands and feet.
- Recognize his or her own name.
- Roll over in both directions.
- Turn toward new sounds.
- Sit while being supported.
- Put objects in his or her mouth.
- Pass objects from one hand to the other.
- Eat solid food.
Month 9 Infant Milestones
At the end of nine months, your baby may be able to:
- Sit without support.
- Start crawling.
- Say “mama” or “dada” to no parent in particular.
- Stand while grasping onto something.
- Jabber or combine sounds.
- Drag object toward himself or herself.
- Eat with his or her fingers.
- Feel anxiety around strangers.
- Understand the permanence of objects.
- Point at objects.
- Reach for objects, such as toys.
- Test gravity by dropping toys or other objects from a high chair, etc.
- Look for lost/dropped toys or objects.
- Start recognizing himself or herself in the mirror.
Month 12 Infant Milestones
By the end of month twelve, your baby may be able to:
- Pull himself or herself to a standing position.
- Cruise while holding onto something, such as a piece of furniture or walker.
- Wave bye-bye.
- Say “mama” or “dada” to correct parent.
- Understand what “no” means.
- Clap hands.
- Show emotion when a toy is taken away.
- Shake head to indicate “no.”
- Understand how certain objects are used, i.e. mommy or daddy’s phone or sunglasses.
- Walk with the help of an adult.
- Understand certain commands.
For more information on infant and child development, visit HealthyChildren.org.
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