Milestones: 4-12 Months
During this time your baby will learn to do all kinds of new and exciting things. There is no set time when your baby will start as all babies are different and complete tasks at their own rate. At your baby’s next well-check though if you are concerned you can take this list to your pediatrician and see if there is anything that he thinks your baby is behind on.
By 4 months old:
- Does your baby smile at you when you smile?
- Does your baby watch you when you move?
- Does your baby make cooing sounds like “ooo” and “aaa”?
- Does your baby lift his head and chest when on his tummy?
- Does your baby play with her hands by touching them together?
By 7 months old:
- Does your baby laugh and say “bababa” or “dadada”?
- Does your baby turn his head and look at you when you talk to him?
- Does your baby feed herself with her fingers?
- Does your baby learn about toys by putting them in her mouth? (Make sure toys are too big to swallow)
- Can your baby stay sitting up by himself?
By 10 months old:
- Does your baby play “peek-a-boo” or wave “bye-bye” after he sees you do it?
- Does your baby hold something in each hand at the same time?
- Does your baby pick up small things (like a Cheerio) using her thumb and one finger?
- Does your baby scoot or crawl across the floor on his tummy?
- Does your baby pull up to standing and stand by holding onto furniture?
By 12 months old (1 year old):
- Does your baby shake her head “no”?
- Does your baby look at the right things when you say words like “bottle” or “ball”?
- Does your baby say “Mama” or “Dada” to the right person?
- Does your baby find a toy when he sees you hide it?
- Does your baby take steps when holding onto furniture?
By the time your baby turns one year of age most of the infant developments will be complete and you will be onto the toddler developments. Those are the fun ones, when the baby gets into everything, insists on crying JUST because you got on the phone, and tries to pull you in the bathtub with him. Remember — every child is different. This checklist is intended only as a guideline. If you have questions or concerns about your baby’s development, however, don’t hesitate to talk to his or her caregiver.
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