Baby Development Month 1
The newborn stage of baby development, also known as Month 1 is the getting-to-know-you stage. It goes by so quickly, remember to enjoy each day. Newborn babies will stay curled up in sweet little balls, they slowly will un-stretch as the weeks go by. They feel safe and secure when they are curled up.
Most babies prefer to be swaddled tightly in a cotton blanket to provide extra feelings of security. Imagine being in the tight womb for so long, and then all of a sudden, you are out in the wide open world. It takes some getting used to!
Newborns also have a strong startle reflex. They will startle if there is a loud noise, a light comes on, or for no reason at all. This will ease as the baby gets a bit older.
Newborns also have a strong grasping instinct where they will wrap their fingers tightly around yours.
Most newborn activity is characterized either by eating or sleeping. Newborn babies will need to be fed every 2 to 2.5 hours. There will be a time to get your baby on a routine, but the first few weeks are not it. Feed your baby when she is hungry, you’ll know she is hungry by the crying, and the rooting around.
During the first week of your baby’s life, she will probably be very difficult to wake up. The birth process is exhausting, and babies sleep to recover. Work hard at getting her to eat every 2 to 2.5 hours though.
Newborn babies do not spend a lot of time awake. Usually, they are awake for their feeding, and then another 30 minutes tops before they are ready to catch some more Zzzzzzz’s.
Remember to take a lot of pictures of your little angel. She will grow so fast, and you want to remember those precious first weeks.
Baby Development Month 2
The second month of your baby’s life is when his little personality will begin to emerge. This is where the FUN begins!
Your baby will begin to smile back at you, start cooing and gurgling, experimenting with his “voice”, and tracking toys or other objects with his eyes.
If you are being diligent with tummy time every day, your baby will probably be able to lift his head up to about a 45 degree angle when he is on his tummy, as well as lift his head up off of your shoulder when you are holding him.
His head will begin getting more and more steady.
Baby Development Month 3
If you thought month 2 was an exciting baby development month, just wait until you get to month 3! During your baby’s third month she will recognize your voice and face, giving you special preference! When she is lying on her stomach, she will be able to lift her head up to a 90 degree angle, and will be practicing pushing up with her arms.
She will be opening and shutting her hands, kicking her legs, and may even be able to bring both hands together.
Remember to play and interact with her. Talk to her, ask her questions, play little games like Pat-A-Cake, and Peek-A-Boo.
Baby Development Month 4
At four months of age your baby will really begin interacting and start to sparkle. When you speak to her she will start babbling and cooing back at you. This is when asking her a question gets fun, she will try to answer you back.
She will start putting weight on her feet and building muscles in her legs if you support her trunk. Most babies love to bounce up and down when properly supported.
She will start reaching for objects and may even be able to hold onto a small baby toy.
If your baby is getting enough tummy time each day, this may be the month she rolls over.
Infant Development Month 5
During your baby’s fifth month she will continue to gain strength in her upper body and neck. She should be rolling over by now, and also able to push her upper body off the floor when she is lying on her tummy.
If you have been helping her to practice sitting up she should be able to keep her head and neck up on her own. If you have not been practicing sitting with her yet, now is a good time to start! Floor play time is an important part of infant development.
Your baby is really enjoying new sounds at this stage. Play music for her, and talk to her often. She might begin to recognize her name this month too!
Baby Development Month 6
The sixth month is again full of firsts for your baby’s development! He should be rolling back and forth by now and reaching for toys set just out of his reach. He might even be scooting towards them.
He should be able to sit unassisted for a few seconds at a time. Keep working with him, and he will be sitting for longer periods by the end of this month.
He is reaching and grabbing for favorite toys, and will show that he is upset if a toy is taken away. He is also working on his verbal skills by imitating sounds he is hearing. Now is the time to start teaching him to say Mama!
Depending on how much floor time your baby is getting, he may be able to pull up to his feet from a sitting position.
Baby Development Month 7
The seventh month should have your sweet bundle sitting unassisted. With adequate floor play time this month, he will most likely begin crawling. To encourage your baby to crawl place his favorite toys a few feet out of reach.
Your baby will continue to imitate different sounds he is hearing, and will have figured out how to blow raspberries.
If your baby has started solid foods, he is capable of feeding himself finger foods like Cheerios or peas. Finger foods are a great way for him to develop eye hand coordination and develop his pincher grip.
Baby Development Month 8
The eighth month is the the month of movement for most babies. Crawling should begin this month if it has not already started. Incidentally, this is also the month that mothers notice a post pregnancy pounds weight loss. Coincidence? I think not!
Your little mover and shaker will also be sitting unassisted, passing toys from one hand to another and responding when he hears his name.
If you haven’t heard him say Mama or DaDa yet, it will probably happen this month.
During feeding time, your baby will start to turn away when he is full and may try to grab the spoon from your hand.
Infant Development Month 9
During the ninth month of infant development your baby will begin taking strides towards walking. She will stand up holding onto something, like a table, or the couch. She will also be pulling up from a seated position. She may possibly begin cruising this month too.
Stranger anxiety may begin this month as babies start to show a strong preference for mom and dad.
She may begin placing two syllables together this month trying to make words. You probably will not understand what she is saying, but she is beginning to verbally communicate!
Baby Development Month 10
This month most babies will be standing assisted, as well as walking holding onto something, usually the furniture. She will also be crawling well (and fast!)
Your baby will begin to wave good-bye this month as well as respond to the word No She will also begin to communicate her needs with gestures. Now is an ideal time to teach your baby sign language to help her communicate before she is able to talk.
Baby Development Month 11
Your baby will be able to stand independently for short amounts of time. She will also have developed the eye/hand coordination necessary to play the Pat-A-Cake game, as well as throwing or rolling a ball back and forth with you.
She should be calling you Mama, and her father DaDa by now as well as baby talk.
If given the opportunity to practice, she should be able to drink from a sippy cup without help now. She should also be able to clap her hands together. She will also have the coordination to put small objects into a bigger object.
Baby Development Month 12
Baby development during month twelve will include your baby probably saying one or two words besides MaMa and DaDa. She will babble with multi-syllable baby talk often.
She will be cruising around the furniture with ease, crawling faster than you can walk, and may have taken her first wobbly steps. If you hold her hand to assist, she will walk along with you.
She is taking her socks off of her feet, and bows out of her hair. She will shake her head, no, and may be able to follow simple instructions.