Your baby’s first year of life is the most incredible one. You will witness your baby going through several changes and crossing many different milestones. All of these little experiences will bring you that much closer to your little one. Cherish these moments because your baby can only be a baby once after all.
Remember that every baby is unique and so is their development. Some babies may start talking at 6 months while others start talking only after 1.5 years. Some may start walking at 9 months while others take more than a year. So, instead of comparing your baby to another baby, maintain a diary to track your baby’s developmental milestones and compare it with the previous weeks.
Here are some developmental milestones that occur in the first year.
1. Lifting the head
Your baby’s neck muscles may take some time to develop fully. In order to train them, lay them down on their tummy for a minute every day. By the end of a month, your baby would attempt to lift their head up. In a few more weeks, they will be able to use their arm muscles to lift up their head.
Your baby may start smiling within the first month of life. This is usually just an involuntary smile. They won’t be able to see very far. Go close to them to allow them to look at your face. After they turn 3 months, your baby will start responding to your smile with a smile. Your baby may also start to recognize familiar faces and smile at them.
3. Rolling over
After your baby learns to lift their head up, they will start trying to roll over. They will usually start
by rolling from the front to the back. Later on, they will attempt to roll from the back to the front.
You can train your baby to turn by guiding them to roll over. Do this by placing your hand under
them as they try to roll over.
4. Sitting Up
Around the age of 6 months, your child’s neck and head control improve, and they start to sit up. Your baby’s ability to sit up signals that they are ready to try solid foods. Soon, your baby starts to reach for objects while sitting without losing balance. They will pick up objects and put them in the mouth out of curiosity, and interest to taste different foods.
In order to stand up, your baby will need to use a few different muscle groups. Again, you can train your baby by holding your baby up in the standing position. Make sure to support their back with your hand. Gradually, you can train them to stand up with the support of a wall.
Your baby has been hearing your voice since the time they were in the womb. So when they
hear your voice they instantly feel comforted and safe. Be expressive when you speak to them.
Your baby will start trying to mimic your sounds and understand the meaning of these sounds.
This will eventually lead them to utter their first words.
Seeing your baby’s smile is the best thing ever. It’s even better when they have teeth! But before your baby’s first tooth comes in, they will be in pain. Teething pain is a cause of sleepless nights for many parents. A teething toy or a cold towel can help provide temporary relief from the pain. While teething, your baby may inhale a lot of air through the mouth to soothe the pain. This can cause colic pain due to excess air in the stomach. You can cure this by offering gripe water.
These are the most important and exciting developmental milestones that you will see in your
baby’s first year. How many of these have your baby crossed?