Every milestone in your life is precious and the same applies for your newborn too. Right from the first eye contact, every activity is a sign of progress. Witnessing the baby reaching each milestone is a visual treat for the parents. Baby milestones are important as you can monitor the development of your baby. Being attentive to these milestones ensures that everything is perfect for your growing infant. This article will attempt to highlight the 10 essential Baby milestones which are quite important within the first 15 months.
Your infant making an eye contact with you and is always the first milestone. In between 6-8 weeks, the baby’s eye starts following you. When you are close to them, they look at you and pay attention to your expressions. By this time, they start recognizing you and try to search for you. This regular eye gaze initiates an emotional connect with the parents. Along with your gestures, expressions, the bond between you and the baby is through eyes. Although often infants achieve this significant step by 8 weeks, it’s perfectly normal if some take a bit more time. In normal conditions, by 3 months every infant will start making an eye gaze.
Without a doubt, a first genuine smile is a momentous event. In between 2-3 months of age, a baby starts smiling. In addition, they respond to you by smiling which is known as ‘social smile’. Most of the time your baby gazing things and the activities going around. They love to reciprocate or show their fondness by a smile. As parent, you have to talk to the baby and make plenty of smiling faces. It motivates them to practice the art of smiling and also makes them happy deep within. A smile is a sign that the brain is developing normally. A return smile or acknowledgment from your baby is the earliest forms of communication from their end.
Cooing is a way of making sound by the back of the throat for replying. Babies reply in this manner when they hear some known voices around them and it’s a first set of oral communication. It’s a sweet voice and every parent enjoys such kind of voices made by their babies. Babies also love to listen to your language cues and they often try to respond by cooing. Along with a sign of affection, it’s also crucial part of teaching them to speak. By 3 months or so, babies are quite active and they express everything by cooing. At this age, they understand the love and affection from their parents and the baby indulge in these conversations.
After lying on the back for over 3 months, babies try to roll and initially they start rolling from front to back. Infants get very active in these months and therefore rolling become a part of their daily routine. It will be a joyful moment for you, but please don’t leave the child alone on an elevated surface. They still haven’t mastered the art of rolling over. Leaving them alone on a couch or bed can be risky as they might fall down. You can assist your infants by making them roll over again and again. They want to be a bit more independent and your help can do the wonders.
Grabbing or Holding
From 4 month onward, babies can bring both hands to their mid-lines. When you extend your fingers, they curl fingers around you. Using their strong grasping reflex, a babies attempts to grab or hold everything which is around them. The infant learns how to sync the hand-eye coordination effectively. You have to observe the development and create opportunities for your child to practice these hand movements. Encourage them to indulge in these motor development activities in your presence. If your baby is not active or not showing keenness to grab anything post 4 months, consult your pediatrician.
This is one of the interesting milestones in a babies’ life. Somewhere between 5-8 months, most of the children can sit independently. This is an indication that your baby has mastered the art of rolling and is able to control their head movement. A word of caution- in the initial days, don’t force them to sit for longer duration. Let them enjoy the transition and have patience. Often infants lose the interest of sitting up by themselves and hesitate to sit later on. Please don’t panic, it’s quite common with kids. You have to support your kid at every milestone. Remember that you as a parent are the first friends for the baby.
The next milestone comes when the baby starts crawling all over. They start crawling when they have the required strength to control the body. By now, the bones are much stronger and the baby has the options to roll over, sit or crawl. This is also the ideal time to baby-proof your house. Now they require a larger area, so help them to sit and crawl towards you or the toys which are nearby. Although most of the kids start crawling by 8-9 months, some babies still prefer to roll over or wriggle on their tummies to move around. It’s absolutely normal and entirely dependent on the child.
Infants grow at a very rapid pace. The curiosity and excitement to reach upon everything force them to take the support of nearby things and get up. Slowly they make it a practice to stand by a support and grab whatever they want. This milestone is in middle of 9-12 months, and again, some babies are a bit early, however, some take their own sweet time.
The final milestone is the day when your baby starts walking. In the beginning, they will hold on and walk around. Let them do this on their own. It’s crucial that they get the confidence of walking. It’s very important to remove the objects which can be risky or a hurdle for the baby. The first baby steps are visible before the 1st birthday celebrations.
Every moment is memorable for you as a parent and every milestone completed is a learning curve. The baby will progress to do new things according with their age. It’s crucial that you have a good idea about the important milestones, so that you can properly track your babies’ overall growth.