As a new mother you are constantly wondering and worrying if your baby is developing well – physically, mentally and socially. Every baby reaches milestones differently, some babies learn to speak first, others to walk and some may do both.
It’s best to understand the broad timeline of these milestones and enjoy every new development. Be sure to capture these milestones in the form of pictures and videos to share with your child later in life.
Timing Of Various Baby Milestones Chart:
Your baby may focus on the physical development first (rolling over, sitting up, crawling, walking) while others focus on social skills (eye contact, responding to sound, babbling, trying to talk). Sometimes your child might be a multi-tasker, managing to do both in tandem.
It’s a lot of work for your infant, learning all those new skills. Your baby’s brain develops the most during the first 12 months of life and his brain tends to absorb like a sponge. Be patient, and let your little one
Different Milestones In Your Baby’s Life:
Your baby may surprise you with a smile as early as the first week after birth.
- Your baby truly learns to express her happiness anywhere between 1 to 3 months.
- You will also experience giggles and bouts of laughter post the 3rd month.
- Keep making funny noises and faces to encourage those smiles.
2. Holds Head Steady:
Supporting your baby’s head during the first few months of life is very important to let her neck muscles strengthen.
- Let your baby have sufficient tummy time to strengthen neck muscles.
- This will also help to relieve gas and is especially good for babies who are suffering from colic.
- Babies generally reach this milestone between 2 to 6 months of age.
3. Rolling Over:
Let your baby have sufficient tummy time right from birth (usually after 7-10 days into life).
- An important thing to remember here is that your baby needs to be under proper adult supervision at all times.
- In the beginning your baby may resist tummy time and cry a lot, but ensure that you continue to put them on their tummy.
- Start with 2 minutes initially and gradually increase the time.
- Be sure to keep her entertained while she is on her tummy.
- Dangle some toys and rattles up in the air to strengthen the neck muscle.
- Your baby can start rolling over from as early as 3.5 months to 12 months.
4. Sitting Up:
Your baby may well be able to sit up with support from about 3-4 months. Most babies will start attempting to sit up on their own somewhere between 6 months to 13.5 months.
- To motivate your baby to sit up by herself, you can sit behind her supporting her back.
- Her lower-body control will develop as she keeps practicing this. Providing her the confidence to sit by herself.
- She may not be able to sit for too long initially, but keep encouraging her.
- She will soon be spending more time sitting!
Once your little one has mastered the art of sitting up by herself, it will soon be time to pick up a new skill – crawling.
- Make sure you give your little one lots of space (preferably on the floor in order to avoid falls).
- Surround her with her favorite toys and make sure you are around.
- Keep fragile items, sharp objects and very small items, away from the area your little one is crawling.
- Use edge and corner guards for your furniture to avoid your baby hitting herself on these.
- Crawling can start as early as 6 months going up to 10 months.
- Some babies tend to skip this stage of development and move directly to standing with support. So if your baby is not crawling, there is nothing to worry about.