Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Baby milestones: 1 to 6 months

Understanding the developmental milestones of a baby is a good way for parents to monitor their child's growth. It is of course important to mention that all babies are different and some may achieve certain milestones later than others, and this is nothing to be worried about (unless you notice this delay happening consistently).

Here listed below are some of the major milestones to look out for in your child.

1 month: 
  • Lifts head when lying on tummy
  • Responds to sound
  • May stare at faces

2 months:
  • Starts to vocalise (ooh, aah, coos, gurgles)
  • Can start to follow objects
  • Plays with hands
  • Lifts head at 45-degree angle for short periods
3 months:
  • Smiles
  • Lifts head > 45 degrees (and shoulders) when lying on tummy (mini-push up)
  • Visually tracks objects
  • Recognises your voice
4 months: 
  • Smiles and laughs more frequently
  • More vocalising and responds by cooing when you talk to him/her
  • Starts to roll over (most commonly from tummy to back)
  • Starts to bring hands together and swipe at toys 


5 months: 
  • Plays with hands and feet
  • Grasp toys
  • Rolls over in both directions
  • Imitates sounds


6 months: 
  • Sits without support
  • Imitates sounds
  • Turns to sounds and voices
  • Mouths objects
  • Start solid foods

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