Baby Development: First Year – How Does The Baby Develop The First Year?
Are you paying attention to your child to ensure that he grows up as he should in the first year? When should they try to turn around, talk or walk? Is your baby sooner or later? Your acquaintances and family members will be looking for progress reports on your baby, so be prepared.
It is important to remember that each baby is different and continues at its own pace. Nevertheless, most babies are sufficient in time to tell us when to do something. It is always best to consult your pediatrician if you are concerned about the growth of your baby. It is still best to look at the development of your child over time, instead of worrying if your child does not do everything a baby should ever do. But here are some general parameters that you can use:
Developmental milestones for baby
During the first month, your newborn baby is just used to this strange new world. Moreover, you start to get used to the many needs of your baby. What a great and fun time it can be.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies have to respond to sounds a week later by surprising, blinking, crying or being calmed down. They must be able to fix themselves on your face and follow the movement of their eyes. That is when you start contributing to their growth by playing, talking, cuddling and singing.
Every baby grows and develops at their own pace, but all babies do the same things. Knowing this simple fact helps many parents to raise their babies a little easier. Always give your baby a lot of love and attention; you cannot spoil your baby, even by holding him all the time.
Part of nurturing your baby includes providing nourishment, bathing, giving opportunities for sleep, and allowing plenty of time and space for playing. Knowing what to expect during your baby’s first year, will ease the shock of the many firsts that you encounter.
The first year of your newborn’s life is an incredible time. In just twelve months, your baby will change from a newborn baby that depends entirely on you, on a toddler who starts walking, talking and shows the first signs of independence.
How does the baby develop the first year?
What follows are general guidelines. If you have any particular questions or concerns about the progress your baby is making; please consult with your baby’s health care provider.
- At one month, the neck muscles develop for lifting the head.
- At two months, the baby can lift the head without help.
- At three months, he squeals and sucks on his hands.
- At four months, he puts things into his mouth, might roll over, start teething, and responds to his name.
- At five months, he can sit without help for a short time.
- At six months, he gets into a crawls position and rocks, and exhibits attachment to his parents.
- At seven months, he can hold his bottle, understands tones, and begins to crawl.
- At eight months, he might stand and hold onto a table or wall (usually girls) and enjoy playing peek-a-boo.
- At nine months, he understands simple questions, can clap his hands.
- At ten months, he learns to walk without support and babbles.
- At eleven months, he drinks and eats without help, and rambles sentences of nonsense.
- At twelve months, he shows the ability to be patient and he might say “dada” and “mama”.
Congratulations! You’ve survived the first year. But you must admit that all those sleepless nights were worth it!
Your child is more fun to be with than he ever was before. He smiles, laughs, and communicates, even though he doesn’t talk yet. Perhaps he can walk, or maybe he still needs your help walking. He can identify himself in a mirror and loves to see his reflection. He also loves putting objects into containers and then taking them out and can occupy himself doing that for long periods.