Are you watching your baby closely to make sure that they are growing as they should during the first year? Are they rolling over, trying to walk or talk when they ought to be? Are they advanced or are they behind schedule? Your acquaintances and relatives will be looking for progress reports on your child, so be prepared.

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Consider that each baby is different and will progress at their own rate. Nevertheless most babies do |progress within time frames enough of the time, to give us an idea of when they should be doing what. It is always best to |talk with your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your baby’s growth. The best rule is to follow how your baby is developing over time, instead of becoming concerned if they don’t follow a month by month graph. But here are some general guidelines you can go by:

Newborns: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics babies should be reacting to noises by startling, blinking, crying or being calmed, by 1 week. They should be able to fix on your face, and begin to follow movement with their eyes. This is when you start to help their growth by playing, talking, cuddling, and singing to them.

Month 1: Your child may seem a little fussier at this phase; they are probably remaining awake for more than 1 hour at a time, and sleeping longer (three-5 hours at a time). They will more than likely begin to raise their heads as well. If they seem upset, you can help by cuddling and holding them.

Month 2-3: This is when you may encounter their first smile (that is not associated with gas). Now they can comprehend the world, and how they influence it by their behaviors. This is a cognitive growth related milestone. Your baby will begin to react to your stimuli, by cooing back to you. Your child will begin to attempt lifting their heads and upper body. Offer your child praise, sing and laugh with them.

Month 4-5: This is when your child may begin to coo more, stretch for things and roll from their tummy to their back. This is when you should start a bedtime routine for your child.

Month 6: By this time most babies are sitting up without assistance. They are starting to develop their motor skills by grasping objects, and putting them in the mouth, or moving them from hand to hand. They may begin trying to drink out of a cup at this stage.

Month 7-9: Things get going now. Your child may try to form words (such as mama or dada), and will become much more verbal now. They will start to crawl and pull themselves up to a standing position. Your child is continuing to improve his fine motor skills. They may also have their ‘first’ tooth around months eight-nine. To promote development at this stage, reading and playing games with baby is recommended.

Month 10-12: Many babies will be walking by now, but it does take some babies up to 15 months. They will be saying a few other words (in addition to mama, and da da), hunting for hidden items, wave bye bye, and feed themselves with their hands.

Have an awesome time with your child throughout the 1st year. No 2 babies are the same; use these tips only as a guideline to assist you. With your help and support, your child will grow and learn skills at their own rate. If you are worried, always consult with your pediatrician.

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Susan has been a nurse for 30+ years with expetise in many fields. She has 3 children and 15 grandchildren.