Baby Growth and Development Up to 12 Months – Parents Should Know

If you want to know what milestones your baby should reach during the first 12 months of his life then keep reading. Just to reiterate, this is merely a guideline, so don’t freak out if your baby isn’t doing the same things! All little ones are unique and develop at their pace.

3-Months Development:

Your baby officially begins to smile!

They will enjoy playtime, and they will start to babble and mimic your sounds and facial expressions.

Head support is no longer needed, and they can easily lift their head while on their stomach.

Their hand-eye coordination is now a lot better. For example, you will notice them closely tracking objects that are interesting to them.

Oh, and an exciting part is that they’ll be able to recognize you from across the room!

Your baby will also be able to open and close his hands, swat at things, and understand his mouths with his hands.

4 To 7 Months Development:

Your baby now smiles, laughs, and babbles all day long; in an attempt to converse with you.

They can now move by rolling from their tummy to their back and vice versa

They can sit without your help, and they can hold toys and pull objects closer!

Now keep in mind that your baby is accustomed to your tone of voice, which means that if you say “no” as a warning, he’ll be able to understand it.

When you call them by their name, they officially respond by turning to you.

Remember the good ol’ peek-a-boo game? It truly is a big hit with kids because babies enjoy finding objects.

Also, they can see in color and here’s a fun pastime – putting them in front of a mirror! They get highly amused.

8 To 12 Months Development:

Prepare yourself for an exploring baby who loves to crawl and scoot around the place.

They can now stand up on their own while grabbing onto something.

The adorable babble may become clearer. For example, you’ll hear the standard first words – “mama” or “dada” and soon that will turn into simple yet proper phrases.

Until then, they use gestures, so you understand what they want or don’t want.

Their hands are now more nimble and playing with objects amuses them a lot more. They can even grasp and eat finger food!

The cutest part is that your little one will love to mimic you. He will comb his hair, drink from a glass, and pretend to use the phone as well! This behavior may make them seem outgoing, but around strangers, he will be quite shy.

Remember this is just a guideline, but stay tuned for more development guides!

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