Baby development milestones (Month 1 - Month12)

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Most babies should be able to . . .

Month 1
  • Lift head briefly when on stomach
  • Respond to sound
  • Blink at bright lights
  • Stare and focus at faces

Month 2
  • Smile in response to your smile
  • Follow objects with eyes
  • Make noises other than crying
  • Repeat Ooohs and aahhs

Month 3
  • Hold up head at 45 degree angle while on stomach
  • Hold head steady when upright
  • Laugh and smile
  • Recognize your face
  • Open and shut hands
  • Kick legs

Month 4
  • Hold up head at 90 degree angle while on stomach
  • Bear weight on both legs
  • Goo and coo when you talk
  • Laugh and smile

Month 5
  • Roll over
  • Do small mini push ups
  • Pay attention to small objects held in front of his or her face
  • Reach out for objects
  • Grasp a rattle or toy

Month 6
  • Keep head level when pulled to sitting position
  • Sit momentarily with minimal support
  • Roll back in forth in both directions
  • Imitate sound and facial expressions
  • Reach for and grabs objects and toys

Month 7
  • Sit without support
  • Make razzing sounds
  • Imitate sound
  • Work at getting a toy that is out of reach
  • Feed self a cracker or finger food

Month 8
  • Start crawling
  • Sit without support
  • Pass object from one hand to the other
  • Respond to own name
  • Mouth and chew on objects
  • Reach for spoon when being fed
  • Turn away when finished eating
  • Say mama and dada to both parents (usually isn’t specific)

Month 9
  • Stand while holding on to something
  • Look for dropped objects
  • Pull up to standing position from sitting
  • Clap and bang objects together
  • Combine syllables into word like sounds
  • Separation and stranger anxiety may begin

Month 10
  • Stand holding on to someone or something
  • Walk holding onto furniture
  • Pull up to standing position from sitting
  • Wave goodbye
  • Crawl well
  • Use thumb and finger pincer grasp to pick things up

Month 11
  • Say mama and dada to the right parents
  • Wave goodbye
  • Clap hands
  • Understand the word no but doesn’t always obey it
  • Stand alone momentarily
  • Play ball and patty cake

Month 12
  • Imitate others sounds and activities
  • Babble different word like sounds
  • Indicate wants with gestures other than crying
  • Clap hands and bang objects together
  • Say one word other than mama or dada
  • Crawl well
  • Walk holding onto furniture well
  • Fearful of strangers
  • Pull off socks

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