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Milestones For Baby's First Year

June 16, 2021
The first year of your baby's life will seem like the fastest year of your own life. The saying, "the days are long, but the years are short" may be the perfect way to describe this phenomenon. There are many milestones your baby will hit during their first year but watching your baby grow, change, and develop right before your eyes is an exciting, heartwarming, and sometimes stressful experience. Here are some fun milestones for baby's first year that you'll want to look for:baby milestones Month 1
  • Produces tears now when crying
  • Moves head side-to-side while lying down
  • Loves black and white or high-contrast images
Month 2
  • Will play with his/her hands when sitting up, but will still flap his/her arms and legs when lying down
  • Smiles intentionally
Month 3
  • Giggling!
  • Shows preference for you and/or your partner
Month 4
  • Can taste salt now
  • Beginning to play independently
  • Rolls over (back to front)
Month 5
  • Can identify your specific voice from a group of voices
  • Reaches out for you
  • Shows stranger anxiety
Month 6
  • Sits up with support
  • Rolls over and back
Month 7
  • Imitates sounds
  • Plays peek-a-boo
Month 8
  • Crawling
  • Responds to name
  • Sits unsupported
  • Transfers objects between hands
Month 9
  • Waves “bye-bye”
  • Drops toys then looks for them
  • Identifies self in mirror
Month 10
  • Can finger-feed self
  • Understands object permanence
  • Pulls self to standing
Month 11
  • Stands unsupported
  • Prefers and responds more to repetitive sounds than non-repetitive sounds
Month 12
  • Says “mama” or “dada”
  • Brain has doubled in size
  • Foot is half of its adult size

Author Bio

Angela Silva

Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as @angelagrams